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Defining Addiction

Defining Addiction

  We hear people say all the time how they are addicted to a certain substance, person or act, but what really defines an addiction?  Traditionally, the term addiction had been limited to drugs and alcohol.  Nowadays however, it seems as though people can be addicted to just about anything.  The New York Times recently reported major addictions that are a little out of the ordinary including video games, watching television, and junk food (Peele). With these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders

What You Crave and Why

What You Crave and Why

People may experience different cravings that compel them to compulsively seek foods, substances or behaviors. Cravings that repeatedly arise have the potential to give birth to full-on addiction if not well-managed. Most of the time, someone’s cravings are only satiated by what they crave. Usually that’s something that isn’t necessarily good for us, such as fast food, ice cream, alcohol, drugs or watching TV. There are some cases where cravings that arise lead us to … Read entire article »

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Beer, Liquor, Heroin, and Weed: It’s All The Same Don’t Kid Yourself

Beer, Liquor, Heroin, and Weed: It’s All The Same Don’t Kid Yourself

In the Big Book it reads on page 142, “If he temporizes and still thinks he can ever drink again, even beer, he might as well be discharged after the next bender which, if an alcoholic, he is almost certain to have.”  Many problem drinkers who I have recently come across have explained to me that they had a difficult time with alcohol in the past but have now turned to just drinking beer instead … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Take Two: A Second Trip to Rehab

Take Two: A Second Trip to Rehab

  The first time I attended a drug rehabilitation it changed by life. When I initially entered rehab as a nineteen-year-old, it struck me: I had a problem with drugs. But I wasn’t sure. My drug of choice was marijuana, a seemingly benign substance that had brought my life into this. Part of me knew that marijuana was harmful and inappropriate, while part of me found great relief and peace with it.  Merely nineteen-years-old, I … Read entire article »

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EXERCISE: THE KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH?

EXERCISE: THE KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH?

  It has long been suspected that exercise has as much of an impact on the brain as it does the body, even if the body parts doing the heavy lifting are below the neck.  In recent years, suspicions have been backed up with research, and the studies showing links between physical fitness and improved mental health keep piling up.  The latest study to confirm this connection comes from Dartmouth’s David Bucci, an associate professor in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mental Illness, Recovery

Drugs Replacing the Drink?

Drugs Replacing the Drink?

My father has told me stories of when the drinking age was eighteen…once upon a time back in the seventies and situations in movies like Dazed and Confused, where they had trunk loads of ice cold beer, and driving drunk was a regular affair.  Times were different back then and drinking was more acceptable in our society and the guidelines were less strict.  In our culture today, our government takes drinking offenses to the next … Read entire article »

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DWI vs. DUI: What’s the Diff?

DWI vs. DUI: What’s the Diff?

  With the arrest of NBA point guard and future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd for DWI, less than three days after inking a three-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $9.5 million, people all over the globe are scratching their heads (and other body parts) and asking the question: “What’s the difference between a DWI and a DUI—if any?” DWI, or driving while intoxicated /impaired, and DUI, which stands for driving under the influence, would … Read entire article »

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Possible New JFAA Fellowship – Junk Food Addicts Anonymous?

We all know bacon drenched in gravy and a side of biscuits probably isn’t your healthiest breakfast choice. However, when we bought the container of bacon at our local Stop ‘n Shop, would we have thought twice about buying it if the package had contained a warning indicating the addictive potential of the bacon? Scientists’ emerging research shows a parallel between the brain’s reactions that occur with substances such as morphine, cocaine and heroin and reactions that occur with junk food such as candy, chips, sodas, fast foods — anything that tastes really, really delicious and releases dopamine in the brain upon consumption. Scientists used rats to study affects on the brain when junk food such as icing, chocolate, and sausage were eaten. The rat’s resulting brain were almost duplicates … Read entire article »

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