Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up
Best of the Week:
March 7–13
COMING UP IN THE FIX//Is Addiction a Brain Disease? * St. Patrick's Day Essay *Addiction Triggers * Interviewing "The Addict's Mom" * Drug Treatment Moguls *Peace, Love and Heroin in Upstate New York * John Phillips * Visiting the Landmark Forum * PLUS: Other incisive articles
EXCLUSIVE// How The National Institute on Drug Abuse Illuminates the Science of Addiction
The Fix Q&A with Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
By John Lavitt
PROFESSIONALS// Recovery Burnout
Burnout—or compassion fatigue—in health professions is common but mental health workers, including addiction therapists, think it can't happen to them.
By Jeanene Swanson
BRAIN CHANGE// Redefining Fun
Because we absolutely insist on enjoying our lives.
By Kristen McGuiness
ADVICE// Family Survival Skills in Early Recovery
10 Early Recovery Tips for Patients and Families
By Michael Ascher MD and Barry Lessin
EXPERIENCE// 10 Lessons I Learned From My Relapse(s)
"This thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."
By Amy Dresner
Study Links Teen Marijuana Use to Memory Loss
World's 'Youngest Drug Mules' Now In Foster Care
Drunk Secret Service Agents Crash Car Into White House Barricade
First Images of Brain on LSD Are Backed by Crowdfunding
Viral Facebook Ad for Cigarette Lighter Banned by UK Watchdog
'The Cool Baby' May Be the Strangest Booze Contraption on Kickstarter
Brain Games
This week, Kristen McGuiness wrote on how herdefinition of fun changed in sobriety. The article resonated with our readers:
That study on the return of brain function after cessation of heavy drinking is really interesting, and anecdotally I find it to be spot-on. Watching the brain "come back" - including increased cognition, dreams, return of long-forgotten memories - is one of the more compelling parts of the 'recovery' story...
Very well-written piece, thank you.


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