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Alternative Takes on Higher Power
10 months ago

Alternative Takes on Higher Power

Often when going through a 12-step program and others based off Alcoholics Anonymous people get lost at the notion of turning to “higher power”. For someone who is seeking treatment and …
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Can Psychedelic Drugs Help Treat Addiction?
11 months ago

Can Psychedelic Drugs Help Treat Addiction?

Recently, psychedelic drugs have been experimented with as tools to illuminate the workings of the brain and treat depression. Substances such as psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA may be of the few …
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Watch This Beautifully Animated Video on Addiction Theory
2 years ago

Watch This Beautifully Animated Video on Addiction Theory

What causes addiction? There really isn’t a simple answer, because addiction is complex and each person’s experience with addiction is unique. It isn’t simply a disease or a choice, but a combination of …
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It’s Hard Loving an Addict
2 years ago

It’s Hard Loving an Addict

The landmark rat park study showed that being engaged in social environments made it less likely for rats to foster addictive behaviors. So could these results translate and be successful among humans?

“Human beings have …
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Silicon Valley’s Favorite ‘Brain-enhancing’ Drug
2 years ago

Silicon Valley’s Favorite ‘Brain-enhancing’ Drug

By  • Opinion, Tech

 

It’s 3 p.m., and I am crushing my e-mail inbox. At this time of day, I’m typically struggling to stave off the post-lunch slowdown by downing another cup of …
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The Known Unknown of Painkiller Abuse
2 years ago

The Known Unknown of Painkiller Abuse

The epidemic of deaths and addiction attributable to opioid painkillers continues unabated even as an authoritative new review of scientific studies has found no solid evidence that opioids are effective …
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Are We All Junkies?
2 years ago

Are We All Junkies?

Isn’t it time we start telling the truth about addiction?

What is that truth? That we are all addicts and all the time.

For this to make sense, it helps …
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The Accidental Failure of 12 Steps
2 years ago

The Accidental Failure of 12 Steps

Say you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, life-altering illness or psychological condition. In lieu of medication, psychotherapy, or a combination thereof, your doctor prescribes nightly meetings with a group of …
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The Marshmallow Test and Addiction
2 years ago

The Marshmallow Test and Addiction

Walter Mischel had a terrible time quitting smoking. He had started young, and, even as his acumen and self-knowledge grew, he just couldn’t stop. His habit continued through his years …
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Paul Graham on ‘The Acceleration of Addictiveness’
3 years ago

Paul Graham on ‘The Acceleration of Addictiveness’

Paul Graham, programmer, essayist, and founder of Y-Combinator gives his thoughts about the nature of addiction. You can read more of Graham’s essential essays on startups at paulgraham.com.

 

What hard …
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