Category: Science of addiction

  • How to Stop Drinking – Make This the Week That Your Sobriety Takes Off

    How to Stop Drinking – Make This the Week That Your Sobriety Takes Off

    When I was in my late 40’s, I found myself desperate to stop drinking but not sure how to do it. I’d seemed to others to be a contented “party girl” for decades, but things were changing for me in middle age. My drinking had escalated to a depressing nightly ritual that I justified as […]

  • How to Override your Lizard Brain

    How to Override your Lizard Brain

    Have you heard about your Lizard Brain? The part of your brain designed to keep you safe? That ancient brain that evolved when we lived in an older world with predators that wanted to eat us? That part of your brain still kicks in now in the 21st century. We may not be running from […]

  • How I Became Alcohol-Free – Thoughts on Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis

    How I Became Alcohol-Free – Thoughts on Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis

    When you give up alcohol you have to go through a process of change. I don’t mean the change of you’ve decided to try stopping drinking alcohol. On its own, it can be argued that that statement is meaningless and possibly/probably bound to fail. Maybe you’ve made a decision to give up alcohol and you […]

  • The Seductive Allure of Lying about Addiction

    The Seductive Allure of Lying about Addiction

    When I was pregnant I did not drink a drop but I did continue to smoke a bit. I had learned that alcohol could hinder brain development in utero and there was no way I would take the chance of getting my developing babies drunk. I managed however, to talk myself into believing that three […]

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