1. Final destination for addictive drugs: The Nucleus Accumbens

    September 19, 2013 by admin

    Brain’s reward system causes Facebook addiction

     

    A person’s  intensity of Facebook use can be predicted by activity in the Nucleus Accumbens, a reward-related area of the brain, researchers at Freie Universitat Berlin, said.

    Alcohol, heroin, cigarettes, and other drugs cause a surge of dopamine production, which is then released onto the nucleus accumbens. The result:  Pleasure.(Reward) The ultimate result: addiction.  My understanding is that it has been determined through research that Facebook (internet) use follows this same path.

    I don’t know about you, but my first thought was:  What or where the heck is the nucleus accumbens?”

     nucleus accumbens
     

    The above diagram illustrates the “where it is”.

    And finally, “what it is” and how it works, as I interpret it (as a “professional” addict…or since I don’t get paid for being an addict, I will change my status to “proven”):   The brain won’t tell us when enough is enough.Recent breakthroughs in neurology have allowed brain scientists , to understand how chemical pleasures can and do mislead our brains.

    Well, I would venture to say that if the research and findings are measurable enough in sufficiently large numbers of human addicts, then science can find a way to eventually correct the nucleus accumbens’ perception process.

    A pill, maybe?  And the cycle continues…

     

    The resource for this article was

    1.  The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction by Dirk Hanson
    2. PTI : Berlin, Sun Sep 01 2013, 15:34 hrs
    3. Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    (To bring you the facts…nothin’ but da facts)

     


  2. September 3, 2013 by admin

    Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

    A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
    –Charles F. Kettering

    Denial never really goes away, it creeps into everyone’s life. We may admit we’re powerless over alcohol and drugs but still believe it was the school’s fault that we were suspended. Denial is especially dangerous for us, because it spreads, gets out of control, and eventually takes away our most prized possession: sobriety.

    But now we have the tools we need to combat denial. Other people can help us see what we’re really doing. We can get to know ourselves better. And we can learn to change. Day by day, we grow stronger in recovery.

    Today let me recognize denial, admit what’s wrong, and begin to fix it.


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