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Addiction. The Brain Disease by Hannah Carlson M.Ed.LPC

By Hannah Carlson M.Ed.LPC

Young grownup advisor to the actual, emotional, social, mental ailment of dependancy. what's dependancy? habit to components, behaviors, to the self. Self-tests: own tales. remedy and restoration. Dictionary of addictions and meanings.

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It craves more and more of the addicted substance, fooled into thinking the drug is necessary for comfort and even functional survival. Without the drug, depression follows, along with uncomfortable, even painful physical symptoms. If we use external opiates and opioids, the brain may stop making internal endorphins altogether. Without endorphins, the body cannot regulate discomfort or pain, cannot make itself comfortable or pain-free. Obviously, what we can no longer produce ourselves, we have to keep taking in.

The physical need is biochemical. The psychological, or mental, emotional need, is obsessive. The desperate need for the drug grows irresistible, whether that drug is alcohol, heroin, marijuana laced or unlaced, methamphetamine, or cocaine. Other brain chemistry disorders—depression, bipolar disease, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)—can sometimes create a need for addictive substances, especially if they aren’t treated. People can create an addiction to increasing their brain’s own pleasure chemicals by a particular behavioral activity.

And to all those who teach us to be free from the prisons of ourselves. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS To Ann Maurer, for her steadfast editorial guidance throughout the years. To Carol Nicklaus, for her award-winning pictures. To Greg Sammons, for his brilliant covers. To Jen Payne, for her perfect taste in interior design. To Jason DeFrancesco, our Young Adult Editor, for his Yale pharmacology expertise. And to the minds of Daniel Dennett, Stephen Jay Gould, Steven Pinker, and above all, J. Krishnamurti. CONTENTS FOREWORD SECTION ONE Chapter One: Addiction Story: They Called Me Bear Chapter Two: Addiction to Substances Story: Love Story Chapter Three: Addiction to Behaviors Story: Romance Addict Chapter Four: Addiction to Ourselves Story: Two Addicts In Love SECTION TWO Self-Test Questions Stories: Living In Terror I’ll Never Be Fat Again Just Tell Me You Love Me He Gambled His Life SECTION THREE Addiction Dictionary HELP RESOURCES, ORGANIZATIONS, WEBSITES BIBLIOGRAPHY & YOUNG ADULT READING LIST INDEX FOREWORD “All those things you write about in this book on addiction point to the effort to stay asleep, or at least insensitive and not awake.

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