We Are All ‘Wired’ for Addiction, Study Finds

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When the movie “Flight” was released in 2012, I went to see it with a friend who is also a recovering alcoholic. There’s a scene where the main character, Whip Whitaker, who has struggled to stay sober, goes on a drinking binge (I’m not giving anything away, I promise). As he drinks all the booze he can get his hands on, the audience was audibly dismayed. Angry whispers of “what is he doing?” and “why is he doing that?” echoed through the theater. Although there was nothing amusing about what was happening onscreen, my friend and I exchanged a small, sad smile. We knew exactly what he was doing: being an alcoholic.

To someone who hasn’t personally been addicted, the behavior of active addicts is utterly baffling. It’s erratic, dangerous and often goes against the best interest of the addict. It’s difficult for someone unfamiliar with addiction to understand the behavior of an addicted person. Understanding how addiction manifests, however, is vitally important for addicts and non-addicts alike. A new study offers insight into how “non-addicts” might not be as different from addicts as they think, and, more important, how the similarity between addicted and non-addicted brains might foster a more compassionate attitude toward addicts.. Continue reading

Food Is the Best Medicine for Eating Disorders

Healthy Food for Eating Disorders

By Steven Karp, DO, FACN

One of the first questions people struggling with eating disorders ask is how to get these crazy thoughts about food, weight and body image out of their head. What is the best treatment to stop these obsessive thoughts and the compulsive nature of the eating disorder behaviors?   The answer is simple, FOOD, in an adequate variety, quantity and quality so it can restore the body and brain to a healthy nutritional state.
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Overage Drinkers: It’s Never Too Late to Get Help

Elderly Addiction and Drinking

 By Shannon McQuaid, LMFT, LISAC, CDWF, CSAT-C

The statistics are startling: 2.5 million older adults suffer from an alcohol or drug problem. Widowers age 75 and older have the highest rate of alcoholism and elderly addiction in the U.S., while nearly half of nursing home residents have alcohol-related problems. Four out of five seniors who seek treatment for substance abuse have a problem with alcohol versus other types of drugs.
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