Posts in the ‘Recovery’ Category

A thought provoking argument from a clever man

Like Bad Drug Laws, the Disease Theory of Addiction Ruins Lives: We Must Target Both Stanton Peele Behavioral Addictions, Drug Addictions, Opinion / 4 Comments November 4th, 2016 The disease theory of addiction underpins punitive and abhorrent drug policies—but in fact, its negative impact is even worse than this. Recently, two notables on an addiction

The second brain – trust your gut. Latest research finds serotonin and dopamine production occurs more in our gut rather than in the brain.

The Second Brain: Trust Your Gut Leslie E. Korn   There is no doubt that nutrition affects mental health. Poor nutrition leads to and exacerbates mental illness. Optimal nutrition prevents and treats mental illness. Note the word “optimal” for nutrition to prevent and treat illness. One’s diet cannot be just “good” or provide the basics

Drug Abuse, Dopamine and the Reward System Explained (and explained well!)

From The Cabin Chiang Mai treatment centre archives. Advances in neuroscience have allowed doctors and scientists to delve deep into the brain’s functioning to better understand the cause of addiction. The brain’s reward system plays a major role, alongside many other factors. For far too long now, the stigma of drug abuse has led many

Alexithymia: What’s That Feeling?

In people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, such as PTSD, self-medication (taking substances to dull the pain) serves to remove unwanted feelings.  However, over a prolonged period this avoidant behaviour only results in one emotion being present – anger.  But, anger is a secondary, reactive emotion to something else being felt.  it

Mental Illness Awareness: 6 Myths About Mental Health We Need To Unlearn

A good article by Lizette Borelli.  Mental health issues do not discriminate by age, gender or race.   Conversations about mental health are still “hush” as we debate what constitutes a healthy mind. This often leads to preconceived notions of mental illness, and the stigmatization of sufferers. Every year, one in five Americans experiences mental