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There are a variety of theories regarding addictions. Some studies have shown that the main risk factors for developing addictions are working-memory impairments and increased impulsiveness (Anderson et al., 2013). In other words, individuals whose attention is more powerfully affected by drug (or other addictive entity) reward cues, may be less capable of ignoring the visual events that signal potential availability of reward, than those who are not so affected (Anderson et al., 2013).  READ MORE

Breaking out of the Drama Triangle

Using the Karpman Triangle (or Drama Triangle) as my guide, I have summarized a process of “recovery” from manipulative relationship dynamics.   In case you aren’t familiar with the Karpman Triangle, it represents the dynamics of unhealthy and manipulative relationships.  Each corner of the triangle depicts a role we play in the game of a dysfunctional relationship.  READ MORE

Neurotransmitters of Addictions

The most powerful pain relieving and pleasure producing drugs known to mankind are morphine and heroin.  Researchers, over time, have discovered that the body produces morphine-like chemicals, or neurotransmitters, which are collectively known as endorphins, and are responsible for regulating the human’s experience of pain.  In addition to endorphins, there is another neurotransmitter, dopamine, which runs the brain’s pleasure center, the area of the brain involved in a person’s experience of enjoying life and feeling good.  READ MORE

Healing from an Addiction (to a Person, Behavior or Substance)

What are some of the thoughts and personal self-defeating beliefs that contribute to relapse from addictions?  Here is an overview of some common pitfalls that addicts fall into, psychologically, which contribute to their inability to stay sober. If you are a person trying to overcome any type of addiction, then be aware that you are probably going to face the following mental sabotage strategies created in your mind.  I would like to thank, renowned relapse preventionist, Terence Gorski, for his contribution to the information provided below.  READ MORE

Relapse Prevention 

It’s one thing to quit using drugs or drinking alcohol when an addict, it’s quite another thing to stay quit.  For addicts, relapse is quite common and occurs from 40% to 60% of the time.  Because relapse is so common, finding strategies to help people reduce their tendency to relapse is important.  What are some of the key ingredients for relapse prevention?  READ MORE

The Two Sides of Alcohol

“My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, this is how I feel about whiskey:  READ MORE

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