June 11, 2015

Does Addiction Recovery Require a Change in Consciousness?

Does Addiction Recovery Require a Change in Consciousness? The last ten days, I’ve been at conferences hosted by Yale University and the University of Helsinki. With my colleagues in the field of consciousness studies, we’ve been discussing change – in particular, how much change one can expect from addicts. Is addiction recovery a change of […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
May 27, 2015

Yoga Improves Brain Response to Chronic Pain

Yoga Improves Brain Response to Chronic Pain There are many health benefits to yoga practice. Some poses ease anxiety or depression while others reduce overall stress levels. Studies have shown that yoga practice can stave off stress-related diseases, such as some forms of heart disease. Now, it is being reported that yoga can reverse some […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
May 18, 2015

Pain Management May be in Your Head – And That’s a Good Thing

Pain Management May be in Your Head – And That’s a Good Thing If you’ve ever whacked your thumb or stubbed your toe, you know that the pain you experience with those events feels like it is in your extremities. But in truth, pain is experienced in your brain and it is your brain that […]

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May 13, 2015

Stop Eating Mindlessly

Stop Eating Mindlessly Sometimes, like everyone else, I’m a statistic. I’m one of the millions of Americans who are overweight or obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69% of Americans are overweight or obese. Small comfort knowing that I am not alone. How does it happen? How do so many […]

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May 6, 2015

How Smoking Weed Harms Memory and Why that’s a Problem

How Smoking Weed Harms Memory and Why that’s a Problem A great deal of research is being done on the effects of marijuana on the brain and its development. We have known for some time that the human brain does not finish developing until around the age of twenty-five, so there was little doubt that […]

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May 5, 2015

Youthful Binge Drinking Damages the Adult Brain

Youthful Binge Drinking Damages the Adult Brain When I was a teenager, from the age of 11 till 22, I drank a lot, whenever I could get my hands on alcohol. Although I was fortunate to get sober when I was still in my twenties, I have always suspected that the early drinking that I […]

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May 4, 2015

The Social Impact of Drinking Can Lead to an Early Death

The Social Impact of Drinking Can Lead to an Early Death We have all heard that drinking impairs judgment and can lead to poor decision making. These poor decisions, such as driving while intoxicated, can cause premature death. But what of the social impact, things like losing a job or spouse, of drinking? A new […]

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May 1, 2015

The Importance of Naps

The Importance of Naps When I saw the topic of this latest study, my first response was, “Hooray!” I love naps. After a satisfying lunch, on a beautiful afternoon or in that “low-energy” spot at about three, nothing revitalizes me like a good, short nap. Now, a new study out of Germany suggests that short […]

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April 30, 2015

Learning to Decline the Call to Sugar

Learning to Decline the Call to Sugar There are some issues that can remain a struggle well into recovery. Though I have been clean from drugs and alcohol for nearly 17 years, staying off the sugar – or at least trying to consume it in reasonable amounts – is an ongoing challenge. Sugar abuse, misuse, […]

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April 29, 2015

People Who Spend on Experiences are Happier than Those Who Buy Stuff

People Who Spend on Experiences are Happier than Those Who Buy Stuff Research in the Journal of Positive Psychology shows that people who spend money on “things” are less happy than people who spend their money on “experiences.” Those new shoes that you’ve been coveting aren’t going to make you happy in the long term, […]

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