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Recovery (like Addiction) Relies on Neuroplasticity

Recovery (like Addiction) Relies on Neuroplasticity

There’s nothing chronic about this “chronic brain disease.” The experts at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are very clear: “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease.” (Here’s the NIDA party line in a bit more detail.) As you can see, addiction is viewed as a chronic disease much like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. And they should know, right? After all the[…]

4 Ways to Be There for Someone Recovering from Addiction

4 Ways to Be There for Someone Recovering from Addiction

It can’t be about your expectations for them. When a loved one is in crisis, it can be hard to know what to say. It can feel safer to do nothing in the hope of avoiding messy feelings or uncomfortable communication. What your loved one needs as they take their first steps toward recovery, however, is your[…]

What Makes Teenagers Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

What Makes Teenagers Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

A new study explores the roots of drug and alcohol use in teenagers. Drug and alcohol abuse has always been a major problem for many young people. According to the 2014 Monitoring the Future survey of drug use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, the reported use of illicit drugs has generally gone down though alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco are still[…]

How to Stop Kids From Binge Drinking

How to Stop Kids From Binge Drinking

We know how to do it, but need the social push The United States has come a long way in encouraging people to smoke less or quit. We need a similar push against alcoholism and binge drinking. Public health measures do help. On U.S. campuses, nearly 40 percent of students confess they’ve downed 5 or more alcoholic drinks at a[…]

Are You an Achievement-Addicted Person?

Are You an Achievement-Addicted Person?

What is achievement addiction? How do you know if you have it? One of the most powerful motives that humans can possess is the drive to achieve.  Typically, we consider high achievement to be positive.  We encourage ourselves, and our children, to be high achievers.  But can we become too achievement-oriented, and cross over into[…]

Making Progress in Writing and Recovery.

Making Progress in Writing and Recovery

Writers and loved ones should embrace “progress not perfection” I write and I recover from a loved one’s addiction. Granted there are significant differences between the two, but several similarities. I struggle to master both. And let me tell you, it’s hard. Fran Simone is Professor Emeritus from Marshall University, South Charleston Campus, West Virginia where she[…]

6 Strategies to Communicate With Anger Addicts

6 Strategies to Communicate With Anger Addicts

How to deal with angry controlling people Anger can tyrannize relationships. One woman I treated had stopped having any male friends because she was afraid of her partner’s unrelenting jealous anger. If she went to lunch, for instance, with a male colleague from work her partner would barrage her with cell phone messages during the meal. Initially, unable[…]

What Really Happens When a Couple Splits.

What Really Happens When a Couple Splits

… and why we tell ourselves just what we need to hear. “Beth” and “Rob” were happily married. You could feel their harmony. Talking with them, you never got that awkward impression of unresolved issues trying to surface. When telling stories, they would duet smoothly, neither yanking the other this way and that. From the twinkle in[…]

3 Ineffective Ways I Tried to Manage and Enjoy My Drug Use

3 Ineffective Ways I Tried to Manage and Enjoy My Drug Use

Alert: If you’re trying to manage your drug use, you’re not enjoying it anymore As an active addict, I was an amazing storyteller. “I don’t have a problem” was one story I liked a lot. Another related one: “It’s all under control.” A third and more specific variation: “Coke is not interfering with my life.”[…]

Are More Intelligent People More Likely to be Alcoholics?

Are More Intelligent People More Likely to be Alcoholics?

Are smarter people more likely to harm themselves with drugs and alcohol? Dr. Kanazawa has reissued his assertion that more intelligent people binge drink and get drunk more, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health).  The following data from that study relate childhood IQ to binge drinking and drunkenness: “Very dull” Add Health respondents (with childhood IQ[…]

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