Topic: addiction and the brain
Memory by Function
The personal story that recovering folks tell at 12 Step meetings is a reconstruction of episodic memories.
Topics: addiction and the brain, assessment, counseling
An Addiction Switch?
One characteristic of Delta FosB is its unusual stability. It’s capable of persisting in the brain for a very long time.
Topics: addiction and the brain
Brain Chemistry and Addiction
This might help to explain why even addicts who have been ‘clean’ for extended periods are unable to return to drug use without further problems.
Topics: addiction and the brain, cocaine
Tips on Improving Addictions Education
Psychological theories that may be of great interest to professionals can seem like messages from Pluto to a rehab patient.
Topics: addiction and the brain, communication, early recovery, patient education, program development, therapies and tools
Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction
One aspect of Lawford’s book that makes it unique and a must read is its careful and powerful weaving of the author’s personal recovery experience with the most up-to-date scientific evidence
Topics: addiction, addiction and the brain, book review, co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, gambling, self diagnosis
Evolution of a Disease Concept
A model generally supersedes other models not because it is perfect in every respect, but because it seems to explain certain aspects better than its predecessors.
Topics: addiction and the brain, alcoholism, clinical management, disease, disease model, physical effects, research, systems
Video: Practical Advice on Prescription Painkiller Problems
People have abused opiates for 5,000 years. As much as medicine depends on them, they’ve always created problems for a percentage of users.
Topics: addiction and the brain, addictive substances, alcoholism, opioids, pain, prescription medications, recognizing addiction, signs and symptoms
Trapped: Helping Clients Avoid Relapse
Would have been easy enough to avoid, had I seen it coming. Unfortunately the brain I was using to make decisions was the addicted one. It was not a friend to recovery.
Topics: addiction and the brain, craving, patient education, relapse, signs and symptoms, tobacco
Environment & Expectations: Do They Influence Addiction?
Much of the anxiety the addicted person feels is anticipatory, based not on actual withdrawal symptoms but on the fear of not being able to find an adequate supply of the drug when they arrive.
Topics: addiction and the brain, alcoholism, compulsive behavior, gambling, models of addiction
It’s Time to Retire “Behavioral Health”
Calling these diseases “behavioral illnesses” and calling our systems of care “behavioral health programs” promotes two destructive, harmful beliefs.
Topics: addiction and the brain, co-occurring disorders, disease, stigma