Tag: 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

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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

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Survival Skills for Staying Sober

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

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Beat the Binge Drinking Routine

When I was 25 I had acupuncture to quit smoking. After the treatment, they taped a tiny mustard seed to my ear and told me to press on it if I had a craving. They also gave me a little bottle of peppermint oil to sniff if I felt foggy brained. The peppermint oil was

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