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New Study Suggests Everyone’s Brain Is Wired for Addiction

New Study Suggests Everyone’s Brain Is Wired for Addiction

As anyone who has struggled with addiction knows, recovery can often feel like a battle against stigma as much as it is a battle against substance. Our culture often portrays addicts as being broken at best and weak-willed at worst. But what if society’s line between the brains of addicts and non-addicts isn’t actually that distinct after all? Addiction researcher Brian Anderson is the author of the new study “What is Abnormal about Addiction-related Attentional Biases?” The answer, he says, is not much. The idea of “addiction-related attentional biases” is a simple one that should sound familiar to those who […]

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How Mindfulness Is Helping People with Depression and Addiction

can mindfulness help fight addiction

From coloring books to daytime TV, the word “mindfulness” seems to have a presence in every corner of society. But what many don’t know is the practice with roots in Buddhism may do more than just reduce stress. According to an ever-growing body of research, mindfulness is also one of the most effective therapies for treating depression and addiction. Defining Mindfulness Simply put, mindfulness is awareness, not just of what is going on around us (though that can certainly play a part), but everything happening on the inside, too. As mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn explains, “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment […]

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How to Use Technology as a Recovery Resource

How to Use Technology as a Recovery Resource

It’s almost ironic that the process of recovery would require so much time and effort when it takes so little of either to start using in the first place. Not only is the cost of recovery high on an individual level, but it’s elusive. And instead of a checklist or a road map that can offer clear, simple direction, there are many different routes to recovery. However, we have at our disposal a very dynamic resource. A responsive and extremely malleable entity, it has become so ingrained in our lives that we often don’t give this symbiotic relationship much thought. […]

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Why You Should Work Less Instead of Having a Drink After a Hard Day’s Work

Why You Should Work Less Instead of Having a Drink After a Hard Day’s Work

We already know that “work hard, play hard,” or burning the candle at both ends, is an unhealthy lifestyle. This is especially true for those prone to alcoholism or addiction. Now, new research shows that many people who qualify as “workaholics” have co-occurring mental health disorders, such as ADHD, OCD, depression and anxiety. And people with a mental health diagnosis are even more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs. In these modern days where our technological devices allow us to work from almost anywhere, a smartphone to a workaholic can be akin to a syringe for an injection drug user. […]

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You Can Recover from Addiction: Real Life Stories from Those Who Have

You can recover from addiction real life stories from those who have

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there is a big gap between people who need treatment for substance abuse and people who actually get it. In 2014, an estimated 22.5 million Americans over the age of 12, 8.5% of the total US population, were in need of substance abuse treatment, but only around 4.2 million of those, or 18.5%, received treatment.1 The takeaway here is that if you are suffering from an untreated substance use addiction, you are not alone. Not only are you not alone, but recovery is also absolutely within your reach. If […]

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