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E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

  While restrictions on smoking cigarettes become stricter and stricter, and taxes on them rise across the country, there is an heated debate over the safety and regulation of electronic cigarettes. Many view electronic cigarettes as a helpful cessation tool, or as a safer alternative to smoking the real thing. Although there haven’t been any large-scale conclusive studies, it would seem to make sense that there are less disastrous health effects associated with e-cigarettes than their … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Recovery, Research

Violent Films + Vicodin = Tragic Dark Knight Shootings

  Yes, what we watch matters!  The kind of entertainment we spend millions of dollars to make here in Hollywood and then stuff down people’s throats all around the world matters.  The video games that kids play these days are pure violence.  They glorify and encourage it.  Because simulated violence is ubiquitous, we have become desensitized, and shooting a theater full of people becomes a plausible concept for a person who is mentally unstable.   Then, when something like this happens, everyone is shocked.  They ought not to be.  I think the only way to prevent future horrific tragedies of this kind is to lessen the overall violence in our culture, and prevent drug abuse.  Anything less would be just like using a Band Aid to cover a gaping gunshot wound. We cannot continue to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Featured, Mental Illness

My War With Bulimia

My War With Bulimia

  It’s time for a new place to live, to begin. It feels a bit like I must start over, again. How many beginnings are there in a lifetime? Just in the past year I’ve had to start anew in so many places in my life. A new understanding, a new rehab, a new structure, a new mentality, a new lifestyle, a new context, a new diet, a new community, a new city, new relationships, a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eating disorders, Recovery

Can Exercise Cause Addiction?

Can Exercise Cause Addiction?

  A study conducted by researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign has put into question the long-held belief that exercise can help addicts overcome their desire for drugs and alcohol. The results of the study, performed on mice, indicate that people who follow regular exercise regimens may find it harder to overcome their addictions, depending on when they begin exercising and when they begin using substances.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life