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The Science of Just One Bite

The Science of Just One Bite | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
The moment you bite into something tasty, your brain wants - no, demands - more of it. Instantly self-control goes completely out the window. And every bite is followed by the desire for more.
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Ecstasy and LSD use reaches new high among young in UK

Ecstasy and LSD use reaches new high among young in UK | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Findings on drug use are serious blow to government’s hardline strategy

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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
American youths are plugged in and tuned out of the real world for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 9, 2015 1:28 AM

The best summary of this article: "Technology is a poor substitute for personal interaction."  -Lon

Liz Falconer's curator insight, July 9, 2015 10:28 AM

....and now we have screen-addicted parents raising kids....

Tyler Jacobson's curator insight, July 9, 2015 7:02 PM

It's crazy how many hours kids actually spend in front of screens, especially when they are connected to the internet!  Here was one infographic I found that really surprised me on the stats: http://www.liahonaacademy.com/teen-internet-addiction-infographic-info.html

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Addiction Is Not a Brain Disease, and That's Good News - Huffington Post

Addiction Is Not a Brain Disease, and That's Good News - Huffington Post | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
We don't have to ignore the biology of addiction to appreciate its psychology and to approach those who suffer humanistically rather than moralistically.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 5, 2015 10:31 AM

The debate continues, each side getting more sophisticated all the time. :) -Lon

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Substance Abuse and the Impact on the Family System

Substance Abuse and the Impact on the Family System | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
It is important to consider the significant impact substance abuse has on the individuals within a family system and the family system as a whole.
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New Synthetic Drug "Flakka" Is Hitting The Sunshine State

New Synthetic Drug "Flakka" Is Hitting The Sunshine State | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Flakka is a new synthetic drug that is reported to be having serious and alarming effects. Most reports are coming out of Florida.
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Habit saying

Habit saying | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Many struggle with saying the words: “I’m sorry.” They don’t struggle saying it by not saying, either. Most struggle with...
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Candice Bergen reveals a sad reality about eating disorders

Candice Bergen reveals a sad reality about eating disorders | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Eating disorders and disordered eating affect women of all ages—which is why it's important to get help sooner rather than later.
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Emilly's Story - How Her Daughter Had Saved Her Life

Emilly's Story - How Her Daughter Had Saved Her Life | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Emilly's story is very powerful and takes us into the depths of addiction. It ends with a beautiful enlightenment about bringing a life into this world.
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Teen cannabis users have poor long-term memory in adulthood

Teen cannabis users have poor long-term memory in adulthood | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it

Teens who were heavy marijuana users -- smoking it daily for about three years -- had an abnormally shaped hippocampus and performed poorly on long-term memory tasks, reports a new study.


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The Dangers and Treatment Options for Spice Addiction • Sober Nation

The Dangers and Treatment Options for Spice Addiction • Sober Nation | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Many people don't think of spice addiction as being dangerous. We are seeing many cases of brain damage from spice. Treatment options are available.
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Amy Thomson, 16, posts video showing effects of MDMA after pill leaves her wheelchair bound (UK)

Amy Thomson, 16, posts video showing effects of MDMA after pill leaves her wheelchair bound (UK) | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
A TEENAGER who was left fighting for her life after taking the drug MDMA has shared a heartbreaking video showing its life-changing effects.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, September 13, 2015 8:11 PM

It's important to remember that much of what is being sold as ecstasy contains little, if any MDMA. See last night's 60 minutes story which highlights the impacts of various synthetics being marketed under more familiar labels: http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/60minutes/stories/2015/september/undercover-in-china/. 

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Authorities are cracking down on the new street drug flakka known as '$5 insanity'

Authorities are cracking down on the new street drug flakka known as '$5 insanity' | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
There's a new drug in town called flakka.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 14, 2015 5:58 PM

It seems that as traditional drugs get more expensive or difficult to get, home chemists are churning out new versions. :(  -Lon

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Fear and loathing in Hatboro: A recovering addict’s story and mission to help others get sober

Fear and loathing in Hatboro: A recovering addict’s story and mission to help others get sober | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Matt Schickling, the Wire Shea Hoffmann remembers his first drink well, but the years that followed are a little hazy. “I was on so much stuff that I have such a hard time remembering what happened...

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No, Suboxone Does Not Make You a Racist Murderer | The Fix

No, Suboxone Does Not Make You a Racist Murderer | The Fix | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Does the fact that Dylann Roof had the drug on his person back in February have anything to do with his horrific crime?
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The Growing Problem of Teenage Heroin Abuse

The Growing Problem of Teenage Heroin Abuse | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Heroin abuse in the United States has become a significant concern for communities from coast to coast.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, May 11, 2015 4:32 PM

 Its hard to keep up with the changes of fads in the drug culture.  But, in order to work with kids with a drug problem, it doesn't work as well from the perspective of the drug culture of several years ago. -Lon

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How do I say it? Who do I tell? “I’m an Addict/Alcoholic”

How do I say it? Who do I tell?  “I’m an Addict/Alcoholic” | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Many struggle dealing with whom to tell, “I’m an addict or alcoholic.” Many fear losing everything, even though they are clean and working on bettering the...
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Chaplain Royal's curator insight, March 21, 2:02 PM

Help.  If you need it, ask for it.  If you have it, give it.  If only life where that easy!  

 

We all have an addiction.  Every one of us.  For some it is our electronic devices, food, beverages, gym time, porn, spending, drugs, or... fill in your own word.

 

I strongly believe that one of the first steps to helping yourself, is getting help and support from others.  To do that, we need to share that information with them so that they can be mindful of triggers.  So tell people!

 

Again, if life where only that easy.  it IS about surrounding yourself with people who will lift you up, want the best for you, and help you.  For all others, keep them at a distance. 

 

If have certain friends that when I plan dinner events I will not serve or even offer wine.  Others, I will not serve dessert.  it depends on my friends, and what their triggers are.  If I don't know them, I can't help them.

 

This article is a good read that will help us all put things into perspective, whatever the issue.

 

Chaplain Royal

The Inclusive Life Center and Chapel

www.InclusiveLife.Org

(402) 575-7006

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Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse (USA)

Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse (USA) | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need...

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ReGenUC's curator insight, March 3, 2015 9:26 PM

An important reminder of the power of language to either stifle, or support change. There will probably always be debate about terminology, as long as we have competing concepts of addiction/dependence and whether it's a disease, disorder or something else.  But, one thing we can do is promote the use of person-centred language to help reduce stigma.  If we're able talk about people affected by AOD use as people first, we're well on the way to developing a better community understanding of the issues.

In Australia, Mindframe Media have done great work in improving media coverage of mental health issues (http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media).  We still have a long way to go to achieve similar progress for AOD. You can also see DrugScope's UK media guide: http://www.drugscope.org.uk/resources/Media+Guide 

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High Levels of ‘Hidden’ Formaldehyde Found in E-Cigarettes

High Levels of ‘Hidden’ Formaldehyde Found in E-Cigarettes | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
The notion that e-cigarettes are a safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes may be going up in smoke. Recent study reveals formaldehyde found in e-cigarettes.
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The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous

The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 17, 2015 2:46 PM

A very very long article and well written.  The author brings up some very good points about substance abuse treatment and that is it takes few qualifications to call oneself an Addiction Counselor.  Hardly any doctors specialize in the area and addiction treatment hardly has any scientific evidence.  That is probably going to change quite a bit since now with the Affordable Care Act insurance has to cover alcohol and substance abuse treatment.  

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Smoking Makes It Harder to Stop Drinking | Castle Craig Rehab

Smoking Makes It Harder to Stop Drinking | Castle Craig Rehab | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
Researchers at Yale University have found that smoking may be making recovery from alcohol addiction far more difficult than it already is.

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'Parks and Recreation' Producer Harris Wittels Dies of Suspected Overdose | The Fix

'Parks and Recreation' Producer Harris Wittels Dies of Suspected Overdose | The Fix | Addictions & Recovery | Scoop.it
The much-loved comedian was mourned by his friends and colleagues across Hollywood.
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