Topic: addiction and the brain
Suppose we could develop cognitive techniques and train the patient to use them whenever symptoms reappeared?
We can’t predict in advance which user will turn out to be in which category, and frankly, neither can they.
The way addicts and alcoholics themselves talk about their condition (“an emotional disease,” “a parasite the feeds on our emotions”, “an emotional cancer,” “a fear based disease”) is rarely considered in theories of addiction.
While it may have similarities to other disorders, the emotional dysregulation that characterizes addiction is not the same.
The personal story that recovering folks tell at 12 Step meetings is a reconstruction of episodic memories.
One characteristic of Delta FosB is its unusual stability. It’s capable of persisting in the brain for a very long time.
Topics: addiction and the brain
This might help to explain why even addicts who have been ‘clean’ for extended periods are unable to return to drug use without further problems.
Psychological theories that may be of great interest to professionals can seem like messages from Pluto to a rehab patient.
One aspect of Lawford’s book that makes it unique and a must read is its careful and powerful weaving of the author’s personal recovery experience with the most up-to-date scientific evidence
A model generally supersedes other models not because it is perfect in every respect, but because it seems to explain certain aspects better than its predecessors.