Addicted to your A?

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Addicted to your A?
Fri, 04-27-2012 - 3:12pm
If you also think your A was an addiction - read on.....

Telling people to "just say no" to their vices is wishful thinking, the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse says in a 60 Minutes report this weekend. Dr. Nora Volkow emphasizes that addiction happens on a neurological level, and she should know; she works with MRI scans that show how the brains of addicts alter, making it difficult for them to resist narcotics, food or whatever else they're hooked on. "We know that drug addiction is a chronic disease... drugs change the brain, physically change it," she says in the preview [below]. And the changes apparently remain long after an addict stops using. The level of dopamine—the brain chemical connected to pleasure—in an addict's brain spikes if they even just look at a photo of the substance they abuse, just as a hungry person gets hungrier at the sight of food. "It just basically stimulates release of dopamine and the more they release, the more they want the food," Volkow says. "We always say, 'Well, why do we have a problem with obesity in our society?' And I said, 'My God, we are surrounded by stimuli with which we are conditioned. If you like hamburgers, you may see that McDonald's yellow arches and then dopamine goes inside your brain and you want it and you don't know why you want it." The 60 Minutes report airs Sunday April 29 at 7 pm ET/PT.t
Every recovery is a kind of rebirth
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Fri, 04-27-2012 - 3:28pm

Thanks for posting this. Definitely food for thought. And explains the difficulty of LC! It takes so much energy for me to focus on NC and healing when my 'addiction' is staring me right in the face 5 days a week. Literally! XAP sits a few row of desks opposite me in our open plan office...grrrrr.

But...I am living proof that it can be done. You can kick that nasty habit even if the 'drug' is right in front of you, tempting you everyday if you make the decision to quit it; stay focused, positive and hopeful that you will overcome it.

To all you lovely addicts - stay strong! Peace and hugs coming 'atcha ;)

The first day of the rest of my life: 25/10/2011
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Fri, 04-27-2012 - 7:13pm
It's a really good way to think about it.