Category: Science of addiction

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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 babies drunk. I managed however, to talk myself into believing that three cigarettes

Continue reading

The alcohol effect on middle aged “fun” sensors

There is a lot of science out there about the chemistry of the brain and the effect of alcohol on it. The bottom line from all research whether pro or anti-alcohol is more or less the same. Alcohol affects the brain, PERIOD!!!! I would love to go out there and do tons of research, but

Continue reading

Staying Sober Survival Skills

In the sobriety and recovery circles I’ve been hanging around for the past couple years, so many people talk about their struggle and setbacks with alcohol as a personal failure. “I can’t get this. How can anyone be so stupid? I feel so ashamed. There’s something wrong with me.” And that vicious cycle of desperately

Continue reading