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Do I Owe Toxic Relatives an Explanation for My Withdrawal from Them?

From Australia: My 58 yr old sister and her 33 yr old son have a toxic co-dependent relationship. Both are mentally ill alcoholics, can’t maintain a home, have experienced homelessness three times and my nephew is physically violent. They’ve had all the help and support in the world but they simply cannot function and it is just a matter of time before the next eviction. A couple of years ago I had to report my sister as a missing person and it took 3 months for police to find her. It was harrow...
Tags: Grief, Family, Australia, Therapy, Illegal drugs/alcohol abuse, Substance Abuse, Violence, Addiction, Recovery, Alcoholism, Codependence, Grief & Loss, Boundaries, Toxic Family

The dos and don’ts of helping a drug-addicted person recover

Addiction is a learning disorder; it's not a sign that someone is a bad person.Tough love doesn't help drug-addicted people. Research shows that the best way to get people help is through compassion, empathy and support. Approach them as an equal human being deserving of respect.As a first step to recovery, Maia Szalavitz recommends the family or friends of people with addiction get them a complete psychiatric evaluation by somebody who is not affiliated with any treatment organization. Unfortun...
Tags: Death, Drugs, Relationships, Communication, Compassion, Innovation, Addiction, Narcotics, Maia Szalavitz, Szalavitz

Japanese Government To Investigate “Gaming Disorder”

The Japanese government is set to investigate the effects of “gaming disorder”, perhaps as a result of its classification by the World Health Organization. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is planning to begin an investigation into the effects of gaming disorder, due to concerns that addiction to video games is causing difficulty […]
Tags: Health, Games, Medical, Addiction, Anime, Otaku

​Americans now more likely to die from opioids than car crashes

Each American has about a 1 in 7,569 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to a National Safety Council report. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle accident is 1 in 8,096.The death rate for opioids is now six times higher than it was in 1999, with about 130 Americans dying every day from the drugs.Narcan is a life-saving drug that can stop opioid overdoses in their tracks, however factors like stigma and cost are preventing this antidote from becoming more accessible. None F...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Policy, Mental Health, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Addiction, Associated Press, Npr, Council, Wood, Narcotics, Adams, Harvard Law School, Stephen Wood

Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts

Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the idea that there’s more to “social media addiction” than casual joking about being too online might suggest. Their paper, titled “Excessive social media users demonstrate impaired decision making in the Iowa Gambling Task” (Meshi, Elizarova, Bender and Verdejo-Garcia) and published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Tech, Addiction, Michigan State University, IGT, Iowa Gambling Task Meshi Elizarova Bender, Verdejo Garcia, Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale, Iowa Gambling Task IGT

When You Love an Addict: 6 Things You Should Know

All relationships go through ups and downs. It’s normal. They are made up of two imperfect people trying to make it work together. But when you add addiction into the relationship it takes those “normal” ups and downs and turns them into a wild rollercoaster that leaves you feeling like you are barely hanging on. The good times provide you with just enough hope that you start to believe it really is going to get better. But then a bad time comes and you aren’t sure what to do. If you didn...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Communication, Self-help, Dating, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Recovery, Enabling, Boundaries, Don, Tough Love, Fierce Compassion

Want to know what mice in labs are saying? Try DeepSqueak.

Mice have a vocabulary of about 20 different phrases. A clever new neural-network-based application reveals what mice used in research say. Spoiler: The conversation changes when a female shows up Rodents are chatty little creatures, and even if mice aren't really hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings, as they're portrayed to be in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, they do seem to speak in their own very high-pitched way. They have what University of Washington researcher Kevin Coffey ch...
Tags: Biology, Animals, Communication, Medical Research, Language, Innovation, Addiction, Sound, Marx, University of Washington, UW, Coffey, Kevin Coffey, Russell Marx, John Neumaier, DeepSqueak

We could cut the opioid death rate by 50% – but we’re not

Drug companies make huge profits by flooding the market with overly powerful — and highly addictive — drugs.Some high profile deaths over the last several years have brought this problem to the headlines. It's everyone, not just middle America, who is getting hooked. Why do we let Big Pharma rule over? Journalist and author Maia Szalavitz investigates. Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by now ...
Tags: Drugs, America, Public Health, Capitalism, Innovation, Addiction, Social Change, Maia Szalavitz

How Do You Stay Sober When You’re Homeless?

One friend found my homeless sober alcoholic life fascinating. She wanted to know if I smelled, where I went to the bathroom, and what I did all day. Once she even asked if I had a Big Book. From approximately 1 p.m. on June 5th, 2018 until around 11 a.m. September 5th, 2018, my three pit bulls and I lived in my Ford Explorer. Not only was I homeless with three dogs, but I also had over eight years of sobriety. My car was packed. While most of my belongings were in a local storage unit, my do...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Homelessness, Ford, Homeless, Addiction, Recovery, God, Alcoholism, Dorothy, Stella, Sober, Publishers, Taco Bell, Sobriety, Stephanie

How Big Pharma secures drug monopolies

Drug companies start monopolies by cornering the market on emerging drugs. After cornering the market, these giant corporations inflate the prices to gouge the consumer. Lowering drug prices could be obtained by starting first in the patent office.
Tags: Money, Medicine, Drugs, Choice, Innovation, Addiction

Addicted to Sugar: The Other White Powder

In that first meeting I went to for my sugar addiction, I heard others admit to doing the same things I did. Sneaking. Lying. Throwing food in the bin to halt a binge only to come back later and fish it out to eat. It was right in front of my face, but I couldn’t see it for what it was for years. Addiction is a wayward beast. God knows you can’t see much when you’re laid flat on your back, pinned down by invisible yet ferocious forces. The narrative was just so unfamiliar that I doubted it w...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Eating Disorders, Addiction, Sugar, Las Vegas, Brian Eno, Ewan McGregor, Binge Eating, Publishers, Health-related, ALICIA, The Fix, Food Addiction, Addicted To Sugar

How your brain makes you overeat

The brain's reward system releases dopamine when tasting food.Researchers at Max Planck discovered a second dopamine release in the stomach, affecting higher cognitive functions. The more we desire a food, the weaker the second release, which might lead to overeating. None As if losing weight wasn't hard enough. A new study from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research reveals that we're rewarded twice when eating. The first dopamine kick occurs when tasting food; the sec...
Tags: Health, Food, Biology, Obesity, Neuroscience, Innovation, Addiction, Derek, Max Planck, Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, Human body, Marc Tittgemeyer, Heiko Backes

Child deaths from opioids rising, say Yale researchers

In the mist of all the news on the opioid epidemic, details of how children are affected can be buried.A new report from Yale shows us the scope of the problem, and little we are doing about it. While the study is grim, it does show us that progress is possible and offers a few solutions.The United States is in the middle of one of the worst drug crises on record. In 2017 alone, 72,000 adults died from opioid overdoses. Let that number sink in, its higher than the death toll of the Vietnam war, ...
Tags: Health, Suicide, United States, Yale, Innovation, Addiction, Wilmington Delaware

The Hidden Cost of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

  Substance abuse costs the USA $174 billion in productivity, with alcohol and drug abuse costing $249 billion and $271.5 billion respectively. Businesses lose up to $81 billion annually, according to studies, to drug abuse which is approximately 10% of annual payroll. According to studies done by  and represented by this infographic: 70% of substance abusers are in full-time employment, 15% of workers are drunk at work at least occasionally, and 9 out of 10 d...
Tags: Business, Usa, Sales, Canada, Addiction, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Employee Health, Workplace Relationships, Boost Productivity, Authentic leadership

Essay: How Does a Writer Put a Drug Trip Into Words?

"After I set out to write a book about psychedelics, it became obvious what I would have to do,” Michael Pollan says. But how to describe the indescribable?
Tags: News, Dying, Depression, Addiction, Michael, Ayahuasca, Michael Pollan, Pollan, Henri, Huxley, Books and Literature, Michaux, Psilocybin, Drug Abuse and Traffic, Writing and Writers, Aldous

Thanks to vaping, decades of anti-smoking progress in teens has been wiped out

For two decades, adolescent smoking has been on the decline, but thanks to vaping products like Juul (which has 75% of the market), teen smoking just jumped by levels not seen for 43 years. Almost all the kids who vape are vaping nicotine: a toxic and highly addictive substance (source: smoker for 17 years, ex-smoker for 18 years). Juul's income growth over the past year? 800%. Nearly all of the increase comes from an increase in vaping nicotine, and my skepticism about this disappeare...
Tags: Post, News, Smoking, Addiction, Vaping, Juul, Late Stage Capitalism, Kevin Drum Mother Jones

Have Yourself a Sober Christmas

Christmas time brings new challenges if you are struggling to stay sober. You want to participate in family gatherings. You want to enjoy time with the people you love and perhaps don’t get to see all that often. The trouble is that, for most families, holiday celebrations include alcohol. It may be in the punch or eggnog. It may be that they enjoy craft beers or holiday cocktails. But alcohol is alcohol is alcohol — whatever form it takes. You know how it’s going to go when you get toge...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Christmas, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Recovery, Alcoholism, Holiday Parties, Sobriety, Holiday Coping, Family Gathering, Visit Santa Help

What's worse than drug addiction? The cruelty of drug treatments.

Many drug treatment centers are run as for-profit institutions. Making a buck off of treating people's addictions often runs counter to actually helping addicts. Some Chinese drug centers are experimenting with removing an addict's nucleus accumbens, which saps them of their ability to feel pleasure. The solution to drug addiction may be creating better drugs to be addicted to, says author and journalist Maia Szalavitz. Unbroken Brain: A R...
Tags: Compassion, Innovation, Addiction, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Maia Szalavitz, Human body

The opioid crisis is profitable. Blockchain tech can end that.

The same way blockchain technology could end the blood diamond trade, it could also stop those profiting from the opioid crisis by removing the traditional opportunities for drug fraud, explains Hyperledger's Brian Behlendorf."I tend not to blame the drug taker because I think they're just medicating to meet their needs, it's really the distributors and those writing fake prescriptions and others who are enabling a lot of this crisis, and I think distributed ledger technology can help us underst...
Tags: Health, Technology, Medicine, Drugs, Data, Public Health, Innovation, Addiction, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Narcotics, Blockchain, Hyperledger, Brian Behlendorf

Bio Roundup: Eli Lilly Tries Tau, Generic Insulin, NASH Cash & More

Pharmaceutical industry critics lament the cost of rare disease drugs, but some of the steepest price hikes have come on widely used insulin.The patent holder, the University of Toronto, gave companies the right to manufacture insulin. But the university also allowed them to patent the improvements they made, which enabled them to slap higher prices on each new version.In the nearly 100 years since insulin’s discovery, no generic version has become available in the U.S. to offer competitive pri...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Breast Cancer, Washington, Ipo, Cancer, Trends, Investing, Diabetes, Schizophrenia, Venture Capital, Addiction, Fda, National, Novartis, Biotech

Drug prevention advice for parents

The majority of kids are going to experiment with drugs at some point in their lives, mostly in their teens and early 20s. While many parents might balk at allowing their children to experiment, it's important to remember that not all drugs are the same. There are some warning signs,, however. Neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz walks us through some of the signs to look out for. Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding ...
Tags: Parenting, Children, Youth, Innovation, Addiction, Narcotics, Maia Szalavitz

College students choose smartphones over food, researchers find

An experiment out of Buffalo shows that students are willing to put off eating in order to look at their phones. The subjects were willing to pay ever increasing amounts of money to use their phones even as the price of food remained the same.The finding doesn't prove phone addiction is a thing, but it makes it possible.In a turn of events that should surprise nobody, researchers at the University of Buffalo recently discovered that college students would rather go hungry than be separated from ...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Medical Research, Innovation, Addiction, Buffalo, University of Buffalo, Sara O Donnell

Is My Childhood Affecting My Emotions?

From a teen in the U.S.: When I was little, I was adopted from a drug family. Growing up with my adopted family, I felt like I was put down for everything I did. My parents are alcoholics. I feel like I do not love them. My grandma died this year and I didn’t even cry. I have emotionally and physically hurt my parents as they have done to me. My dad went into the hospital for 6 months and almost died and I had little emotions towards it. I have a boyfriend that I have been with for 3 years and I...
Tags: Family, General, Relationships, Therapy, Teen Issues, Personality, Parenting & Children, Child Development, Adoption, Addiction, Teenager, Adolescence, Attachment

Will Your Holiday Party Enable Problem Drinking?

If you are in recovery and worried about the pressure holiday parties bring, have a plan going in.
Tags: Law, Drinking, Addiction, Holiday Parties, Brian Cuban, Health / Wellness, Heallth / Wellness

Maps reveal how each U.S. state enforces drug laws differently recently published maps that use the latest government data on drug use and arrests to show how enforcement varies across the country.Marijuana arrests remain significantly high in many states, even in some where pot's legalized.Methamphetamine is, by far, the drug most commonly involved in drug-related offenses across the country. None American law enforcement agencies made 1.63 million arrests for drug law violations in 2017, according to FBI data. That's nearly a 4 percent increase ...
Tags: Prison, Mississippi, Law, Fbi, Policy, Iowa, Arizona, Innovation, Addiction, Methamphetamine, Rhode Island, Connecticut Delaware, American Addictions Centers, National Drug Use And Health, Stephen Pannel, Oxford Treatment Center

What does Tumblr’s ban on x-rated content mean for recovering adult film addicts like this guy?

Tumblr announced this week that it will no longer allow x-rated content on its platform. A public outcry ensued.
Tags: Health, Sex, Life, Lifestyle, Addiction, Tumblr, Adult Content, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Porn Addiction, Willy Hudson

Wisdom Tooth Surgery a Gateway to Teen Opioid Addiction, Study Finds

A common rite of passage—having your wisdom teeth pulled—might be raising the risk of teens and young adults becoming addicted to opioids, a new study out Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Youngsters who are prescribed opioids by their dentist, often for wisdom tooth extractions, are more likely to abuse…Read more...
Tags: Science, Teens, Drugs, Addiction, Teeth, JAMA Internal Medicine, Opioid Crisis

Self-Harm Addiction

I love cutting my skin open so much. Although sight of blood makes me sick (and seldom faint), I love watching blood oozing out of my self-inflicted wound. I am extremely addicted to it. I don’t understand. Why is this happening and what can I do to prevent it. (I have talked to a number of psychologist but that did not help.) Generally, people engage in self-harm behaviors when they are suffering. Many have said that they do it as a way to relieve their emotional suffering. The physical pain is...
Tags: Therapy, Teen Issues, Abuse, Self Harm, Violence, Addiction, Cutting, Self Worth, Self Esteem, Self Injury

‘Fortnite’ addiction spurs parents to send their kids to video game rehab

Some parents concerned with the amount of time their children are spending with Fortnite have sent them to special camps where they can "detox" from electronic devices and video games. The post ‘Fortnite’ addiction spurs parents to send their kids to video game rehab appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Gaming, News, Trends, Addiction, Rehab, Epic Games, Fortnite, Fortnite News

Trauma: A Hidden Gatekeeper To Wellness

Lawyers, as a profession, have a difficult time dealing with depression, addiction, and traumatic events.
Tags: Law, Mental Health, Depression, Trauma, Addiction, Health / Wellness, Brian Cuban, The Addicted Lawyer