Posts in the ‘Addiction’ Category

SIXTY-FIVE DRUG POLICY FALLACIES by Julian Buchanan

JULIAN BUCHANAN DRUG POLICY, HUMAN RIGHTS & HARM REDUCTION SIXTY-FIVE DRUG POLICY FALLACIES “HAVE YOU BEEN LYING TO US ABOUT ‘DRUGS’?” Drug law and policy has its roots in fear, ignorance, racism and vested interest and sadly, little has changed over the decades. Drug discourse continues to be shaped more by punitive populism, isolated tragic incidents and

The real reason some people become addicted to drugs – dispelling the myths

Author Mike Robinson Assistant Professor of Psychology, Wesleyan University Disclosure statement Mike Robinson has previously received funding from the National Center for Responsible Gaming. Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted. It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction develops over time. To

Adverse Childhood Events … What are they and how do they us?

Excellent article from The Noffs Team.  ACEs are responsible for more than drug abuse behaviours.  October 02, 2017  The Noffs Team  0 Comments Drug dependency and the science of ACEs Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) occur in a significant proportion of the population, with many unaware they may have an event in their past which can be classified

Gambling addiction: Enter the ‘zone’ where winning is a distraction

A well-written article on problem gambling behaviours.  Some of the information may surprise you! By Diane Dean for All in the Mind In a place addicts call “the zone,” winning a poker machine jackpot is a distraction from the game (Getty Images: Instants) Our brains are naturally configured to get pleasure out of some of the

The Biology of Anxiety by Scott McMillin

An article from 2012 but as relevant as when it was written.  Anxiety is hugely prevalent and unfortunately is still stigmatised and often considered some kine of personal failing where the sufferer is seen as ‘unable to cope’.  Dreadfully negative language.  In fact, some level of stress is necessary to survive!  But for those in