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How Sugar Affects the Brain - Nicole Avena - TED-Ed Video

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. in this TED-Ed video Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

 


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I gave up processed sugars and all candy, chocolate, ice cream, muffins, cookies, gummy bears, licorice, and anything else sweet and addicting over 21 days ago..  It's been an amazing process and I am so happy I did this!

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Drug addiction program set to debunk addiction myths - The Mercury

Drug addiction program set to debunk addiction myths - The Mercury | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
READING >> Drug addiction does not end with the individual with the disease, but creates a ripple effect through the family and loved ones of the addict.
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If you live in the Leesburg/Loudon County area, a similar program is underway.  Entitled The Family Solution, the educational and support program has been created to help families through the struggle of dealing with addiction.  For more information:

www.compassionatebeginnings.org

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Surge in fentanyl overdoses in NJ alarms authorities — NewsWorks

Surge in fentanyl overdoses in NJ alarms authorities — NewsWorks | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Fentanyl http //www deadiversion usdoj gov/drug_chem_info/fentanyl pdf a synthetic opioid some 20 times more powerful than heroin is taking a toll on New Jersey drug users Since the beginning of

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Need to get this word out on the streets.......

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Lifetime movie Perfect High with Bella Thorne addresses suburban teen heroin addiction

Lifetime movie Perfect High with Bella Thorne addresses suburban teen heroin addiction | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
You would be hard-pressed to come up with anything that is more widespread and destructive in the United States today than heroin addiction. On June 27 Lifetime will explore one of the most common ...
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Will be interesting to see how this movie handles the topic. 

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Vermont Launches 3 Prong Attack On Deadly Laced-Drugs

Vermont Launches 3 Prong Attack On Deadly Laced-Drugs | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Photo by Tom Ganinam, Associated Press

RANDOLPH, Vermont - Batches of Fentanyl-laced heroin are responsible for at least 2 of 3 recent overdoses near the small town of Randolph, one of them being fatal.
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Defining Recovery-oriented Systems of Care | Blog & New Postings | William L. White

Defining Recovery-oriented Systems of Care | Blog & New Postings | William L. White | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Recovery management is a philosophy of organizing addiction treatment and recovery support services to enhance pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, long-term recovery maintenance, and the quality of personal/family life in long-term recovery.

The phrase recovery-oriented systems of care refers to the complete network of indigenous and professional services and relationships that can support the long-term recovery of individuals and families and the creation of values and policies in the larger cultural and policy environment that are supportive of these recovery processes.
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William L. White is prolific, and profound. I urge us all to embrace the principles he sets forth in his definition of recovery-oriented systems of care.  This is "revolutionary" only in that it returns to what is most important for the person struggling with alcohol or drug addiction - compassion, empathy, community, support, and respect.

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Different Levels of Treatment: Who Gets What | RecoverySI

Different Levels of Treatment: Who Gets What | RecoverySI | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
For the most part, if you are hoping that insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, or another third-party payor will help with--or pick up entirely--the costs of treatment, you'll be running into ASAM criteria that control who gets what kind of treatment.
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Nicely laid out list. 

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SEO: what it used to be vs what it is now | Scoop.it Blog

SEO: what it used to be vs what it is now | Scoop.it Blog | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
As many have observed for some time now, SEO has completely changed over the past few years. From being machine-centric, it became people-centric. But what does it mean concretely to content marketers?
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Excellent article for those of us trying to increase our traffic on web sites, blogs and social media.

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The Potential of Ibogaine in Treating Substance Abuse

Let’s consider one such potential treatment – Ibogaine.
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Very compelling article on Ibogaine.

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Courtney's story: A tale of addiction - Eagle-Tribune

Courtney's story: A tale of addiction - Eagle-Tribune | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
The Griffin family of Newton is speaking out about their daughter's heroin overdose death to raise awareness.
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Too many tragic deaths due to heroin....

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Afghanistan's Secret Heroin Epidemic (Drugs Documentary)

Watch More Documentary's on a Variety of Subjects Here: https://www.youtube.com/user/DDocumentaryCentral/videos Please Subscribe To Hear About The Latest Con...
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Excellent documentary.

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LOOK: Your Body On Meditation

LOOK: Your Body On Meditation | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
We hear it all the time: Meditation can improve our creative thinking, our energy, stress levels and even our success. Prominent artists, businessmen and politicians cop to the practice.
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Beautiful graphic that shows the benefits of meditation. 

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How Sugar Affects the Brain - Nicole Avena - TED-Ed Video

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. in this TED-Ed video Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

 


Via Pamir Kiciman
Kimberley L. Berlin, LSW, CSAC's insight:

I gave up processed sugars and all candy, chocolate, ice cream, muffins, cookies, gummy bears, licorice, and anything else sweet and addicting over 21 days ago..  It's been an amazing process and I am so happy I did this!

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:00 PM

Sugar spikes dopamine, making us want more...

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Mindfulness Meditation Is the Direct Way to Happiness - Huffington Post (blog)

Mindfulness Meditation Is the Direct Way to Happiness - Huffington Post (blog) | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Mindfulness Meditation Is the Direct Way to Happiness Huffington Post (blog) We often wonder what our lives would be like without meditation or mindfulness.
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For High Schoolers Struggling With Addiction, It's A Bumpy Road To Recovery - WBUR

For High Schoolers Struggling With Addiction, It's A Bumpy Road To Recovery - WBUR | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Devin Rich started drinking and using drugs at age 12. By age 18, he'd overdosed and died twice. Now, at 19, he's recently graduated sober from a Massachusetts high schools for students overcoming addiction.
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Worth the read.

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The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 | Blog & New Postings | William L. White

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 | Blog & New Postings | William L. White | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it

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Once undercover, officer learned addiction's roots - The Union Leader

Once undercover, officer learned addiction's roots - The Union Leader | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
When Eric Adams was working as an undercover narcotics cop, he was relentless in his pursuit of those involved in illegal drugs. 'I didn't care whether it was an addict or it was a dealer, as long as I got them off the street,' he said.
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This is a really positive trend coming out of New England.

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Massachusetts town takes new approach to opiate addiction - Christian Science Monitor

Massachusetts town takes new approach to opiate addiction - Christian Science Monitor | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
The fishing town of Gloucester, Mass., announced that it will treat, not arrest, addicts who volunteer their drugs and paraphernalia to police.
Kimberley L. Berlin, LSW, CSAC's insight:

Three cheers!  This takes a lot of guts, and I applaud the police chief's bold tactic.  In my opinion this is a logical approach, and I certainly hope more towns and cities will follow suit. 

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New Ways Of Treating Trauma: Try Some Yoga - New Hampshire Public Radio

New Ways Of Treating Trauma: Try Some Yoga - New Hampshire Public Radio | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
When a person experiences traumatic events, the aftermath can be extremely debilitating. Trauma not only affects the mind, but can have lifelong effects on
Kimberley L. Berlin, LSW, CSAC's insight:

I like the concept that trauma can not be "treated" but that therapy, and yoga, can help the individual reach a point of peace within By treating the "imprints" of trauma. 

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Well-being is a Skill: Perspectives from Contemplative Neuroscience - Mind and Life Institute

Well-being is a Skill: Perspectives from Contemplative Neuroscience - Mind and Life Institute | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
MLI fellow and board member, Dr. Richard Davidson, recently spoke at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco.  
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Very well done.  Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco.

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Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy warns that if marijuana is legalized — there are votes Tuesday in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. — kids will be the ones to take the hit.
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Road to recovery: Former Husker Anthony Steels overcomes drug addiction - Lincoln Journal Star

Road to recovery: Former Husker Anthony Steels overcomes drug addiction - Lincoln Journal Star | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Day after day, drivers on this lonely Southern California highway pass by and a see a skinny black man with a thin mustache lugging a plastic grocery bag. They see
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Really well written story about Anthony Steels.

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The New Heroin Epidemic - The Atlantic

The New Heroin Epidemic - The Atlantic | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, prescription painkiller dependence swept rural America. As the government cracked down on doctors and drug companies, people went searching for a cheaper, more accessible high.
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Amy Cocca: Lessons in struggles with mental illness, addiction - Allentown Morning Call

Amy Cocca: Lessons in struggles with mental illness, addiction - Allentown Morning Call | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Amy Cocca: Lessons in struggles with mental illness, addiction Allentown Morning Call In the wake of the premature deaths of Robin Williams and, earlier this year, Philip Seymour Hoffman, I have seen many inaccurate statements regarding the nature...
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Well written, and point very much taken.

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Just one more drink: The social costs of alcohol

Just one more drink: The social costs of alcohol | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Three months ago, the idea of spending Halloween at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in the middle of nowhere was laughable to Sarah.

Forget Christmas — Halloween is the 27-year-old’s favourite celebration. She loves dressing up, watching horror movies, eating candy and going to parties.

Instead, this year she shared her extensive horror movie collection with seven other recovering addicts at Crosbie House in New Minas.
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Research finds gratitude works like a muscle, with tangible benefits for kids who are thankful

Research finds gratitude works like a muscle, with tangible benefits for kids who are thankful | Addiction & Recovery | Scoop.it
Research find concrete benefits come to kids who literally count their blessings.
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An attitude of gratitude.....

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