Published on Jan 7, 2014
Dr. Schneekloth: You know, well, ultimately there needs to be the choice that one wants to stop. But that’s often when the pressure increases to a point that there seem no alternatives.
…, but ultimately the decision needs to be made by the one with the addiction: Are they going to stop?
Now, some people can stop on their own. As a matter of fact, the majority of alcoholics stop, never receive addiction treatment, go on to do well. There are different types, though, and some have more severe forms of addiction and need multiple treatments.
… there are repeated exacerbations of the illness, that it comes back. And in the same way with addiction, relapse is often a part of it. Now, families can feel like that’s somehow a failure, but often one treatment builds on another and eventually leads, like Nicolas’ story, to ongoing recovery.
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Dopamine Receptor Agonist Drugs and Impulse Control Disorders
JAMA Intern Med. October 20, 2014
The discovery of striatal dopamine deficiency and the introduction of levodopa in the 1960s as treatment for the motor symptoms of Parkinson disease revolutionized neurology and neurotherapeutics.
For the first time, patients with an apparently hopeless chronic degenerative brain disorder were able to regain function and return to the mainstream of life.
Levodopa was subsequently combined with carbidopa, as the latter prevented the adverse effects associated with peripheral dopamine synthesis without blocking central dopamine synthesis.
how by its nature the human brain is susceptible to the effects of addictive substances.
Learning How to Learn
by University of California, San Diego
Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction
DrugFacts: High School and Youth Trends
Play Doesn’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too
by Sami Yenigun
August 06, 2014
More and more research suggests that healthy playtime leads to healthy adulthood.
Childhood play is essential for brain development.
As we’ve reported this week, time on the playground may be more important than time in the classroom.
But playtime doesn’t end when we grow up. Adults need recess too.
The question is, why? To answer this question, Dr. Stuart Brown says we need to clearly define what play is. He’s head of a nonprofit called the National Institute for Play.
“Play is something done for its own sake,” he explains. “It’s voluntary, it’s pleasurable, it offers a sense of engagement, it takes you out of time. And the act itself is more important than the outcome.”
So, let’s take gambling, for instance. A poker player who’s enjoying a competitive card game? That’s play, says Brown. A gambling addict whose only goal is to hit the jackpot? Not play.
Brown says that children have a lot to learn from what he calls this “state of being,” including empathy, how to communicate with others, and how to roll with the punches.
“Those kinds of resilient learning processes [are] different than what occurs in adult play,” he says. “But the harmonics of this occur in adulthood as well.”