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The Opposite of Addiction Is Connection

Most of us fundamentally misunderstand the nature of drug addiction—and relatively little of the draw is due to the chemicals themselves, even the …

Drug Addiction

This Neuroscientist Argues That Addiction Is Not a Disease and Rehab Is Bullshit

Marc Lewis, a former drug addict and current neuroscientist, says the medical model of treating addiction needs to be challenged.<p>Marc Lewis traveled the long, tenebrous road of opiate addiction, but he emerged out the rabbit hole a neuroscientist, science writer, and author. His best-selling …

Drug Addiction

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.<p>J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His …

Drug Addiction

Addiction is not a disease: How AA and 12-step programs erect barriers while attempting to relieve suffering

<b>(microstockonline via iStock/Falcona via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Defining addiction as a disease is marketing for the rehab industry — and an excuse when treatment doesn’t work<p>Marc Lewis<p>July 11, 2015 11:30pm (UTC)<p>Adapted from “THE BIOLOGY OF DESIRE: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease”<p>The idea that addiction …

Neuroscientist And Former Addict Explains What We Get Wrong About Addiction

He says addiction is "not a disease" -- and recognizing that may be the first step to better treating it.<p>The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist.<p>Marc Lewis, the author of <i>Memoirs of an Addicted Brain</i> and <i>The</i> …

Should You Work Out In The Morning Or Evening? An Investigation.

Let us help you determine if you should hit the gym before sunrise, or hit the snooze three more times.<p>Does the early bird always get the worm? Well, no, at least not when it comes to working out. In fact, research shows that there are benefits to working out in the morning <i>and</i> at night. So which …

We are creating a nation of addicts

<b>(CNN) —</b> In my youth, it took me many years of heavy drinking to become a career alcoholic. This year, it took less than eight weeks of medical treatment to become addicted to OxyContin and Percocet.<p>It started in the spring when long-standing pain in my back, dating to my high school football days, …

Medicine

Five Ways To Reclaim Your Sex Life After Booze, Meth And Other Substances

With crystal meth among gay men becoming a hot topic again (Queerty readers had explosive reactions to a recent claim that gay men are dancing with …

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Death by Detox

It’s been more than a year since 32-year-old David Stojcevski died in a Michigan jail cell after spending more than two weeks in acute withdrawal from benzodiazepine medication and methadone. But the grueling details of his ordeal are just now coming to light as his family speaks publicly for the …

6 Depression Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Everyone feels a little down in the dumps now and then. But sadness and withdrawal can become crippling, putting you at risk for a number of serious …

Science Says Being Short Makes You Depressed

It can make you depressed, too: Short dudes are more likely to have poor self-esteem and commit suicide.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE US</i><p>Try to spin it any way you want, but being short sucks. You can't reach things, it's a hassle to find clothes that fit, and people feel like it's OK to …

Shattering the Myth of Addiction

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a myth is an idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true. I've found this myth to be a part of the stigma that surrounds addiction. Since I've been writing about my personal experience during my son's addiction I …

In Pills We Trust

Benzodiazepines – nicknamed benzos for short – might be classed as ‘minor tranquilisers’, but there is nothing ‘minor’ about their effects. For those that don’t know, household names like Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Librium and Temazapam are all classed as benzos. Commonly prescribed for anxiety, …

Sarah Silverman’s ‘I Smile Back’ Shines Light on Mental Illness, Addiction

Wednesday’s Los Angeles premiere of Broad Green Pictures’ “I Smile Back” was very light-hearted as <b>Sarah Silverman</b> made the audience laugh before the …

Mental Disorders

Sarah Silverman Just Perfectly Described What Depression Feels Like

Comedian Sarah Silverman portrays a woman suffering from depression in upcoming film "I Smile Back," and having suffered from the mental health issue …

Depression