Addiction & Recovery

Who Is In Charge? You or Chocolate?

Who Is In Charge? You or Chocolate?

by William Fergus Martin. Many of us do things we wish we would not do. We may compulsively eat sugary or fatty things, drink too much alcohol, become a zombie in front of the TV, or whatever. We may judge ourselves as “weak” or “lacking in willpower”, because of this. Maybe we...

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Teens Influence Friends To Smoke, But Not To Quit

Teens Influence Friends To Smoke, But Not To Quit

Teen smokers are better at getting friends to start than nonsmokers are at getting friends to quit.“What we found is that social influence matters, it leads nonsmoking friends into smoking and nonsmoking friends can turn smoking friends into nonsmokers,

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Selfish Motivation: The Best Reason to Quit

Selfish Motivation: The Best Reason to Quit Smoking

by Karen Pine & Ben [C] Fletcher. Although it's highly likely that the smoker has other people in mind when they draw up a list of reasons for quitting, ultimately the quitter has to do it for themselves alone. If the quitter makes other people the sole reason for quitting, they are likely to fail...

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Research Hints at New Approach to Addiction

New Approach to Addiction

Stimulating a specific part of the brain reduced compulsive cocaine seeking in rats. The finding suggests a potential approach to change addictive behavior....

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Quitting Smoking Benefits Health Despite Weight Gain

Stop Smoking

The benefits to cardiovascular health that are associated with quitting smoking aren’t blunted by the modest weight gain, a new study found. The research underscores the benefits of putting a stop to smoking....

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Addiction Treatment: One Step on the Road to Recovery

Addiction Treatment: One Step on the Road to Recoveryby Barb Rogers.

Exhaustion was the catalyst that took me to a recovery program. I was just so tired — tired of being sad and lonely, tired of fighting everything and everyone, and tired of living with my strange thoughts that would surely lead me to insanity. Do your days feel like an exercise in frustration and misery? Do you wake up with a feeling of...

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Making Choices & Managing Pain

Making Choices & Managing Pain, article written by by Chönyi Taylorby Chönyi Taylor. The mind of addiction goes like this: “So I need to stop playing computer games. I will take up marathon running instead.” Keeping away from the addiction does not stop the need for addiction and the need to look at the underlying pain or unhappiness...

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How to Change Habits & Addictions

Chönyi Taylor, author of the article: How to Change Habits & Addictions


by Chönyi Taylor.

The mind can be changed. I doubt whether anyone would dispute that point although we often feel as if we are stuck with an obstinate mind that refuses to do what we want it to. In addictions this feeling of being stuck can be very powerful. But...

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If Your Smoker Tries to Quit...and Fails

Jack Gebhardt

by Jack Gebhardt.

Try not to worry too much if your smoker tries to quit and fails. A study by the University of Ottawa found that most smokers try to quit five times before they finally succeed. If your smoker doesn't quit this time, he or she will quit next time. If not next time, then the time after that. Your smoker will succeed. If you can honestly enjoy your smoker's predicament, laugh about it, and make light of it, your smoker is more likely to do the same...

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Addictions to Coffee Sugar Caffeine

by Brigitte Mars.

Current estimates suggest that addictions affect one-third of the population in the United States. Of course, when most of us hear the word addict, we think crack, or cocaine, or heroin... Certainly we don't think about, say, sugar -- and yet sugar is the most prevalent addictive substance in the world!

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The Addict and The Sage

Alan CohenMany of us have become so steeped in what is wrong with ourselves in relationship that dysfunction becomes our accepted norm. We are so expert in why we can't commit; or keep attracting abusive partners; or how our parents' poor role model squashed our self-esteem; or; or; or . . .

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Addictions R' Us: Coming To Terms with our Demons

Addictions R' Us: Coming To Terms with our Demons by Caroline M. Sutherlandby Caroline M. Sutherland. An addiction is anything that has a "hold" on us, such as work, exercise, sex, food (especially chocolate, sugar, and coffee), alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs, medications, money, worry, material possessions, relationships, negativity, overachieving, gambling, and so on. People can even be addicted to illness...

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12 Steps to Recovery

Joan E. Childs

by Joan E. Childs. In America, our only "down" time seems to be the daily drive to and from work, which, if it happens to be on Florida's I-95, tends to exacerbate stress and anxiety rather than temper it. By the time most of us are home from a typical day's work...

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Breaking Addiction Is More Than Just Stopping Substance Abuse

Breaking Addiction Is More Than Just Stopping Substance Abuse

by Gary Reiss, LCSW. Traditional approaches to addiction emphasize stopping use of the substance. Process work emphasizes saying "no" to the substance, but also emphasizes saying "yes" to the part of the personality accessed and supported by the use of the substance. Often addictions...

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