‘The Craving Brain’

by Screedler on July 28, 2014

This is long and I have not watched all of it yet, but what I have watched is great. The latest thinking from some heavyweights on addiction research, including our favorite scientist at TDA - Dr. Nora Volkow. Be the first on your block to see this and please share.

About the video:

When we try to get rid of a bad habit, whether it involves food or drugs or gambling, it often seems like we’re fighting ourselves inside. The reality’s not far off: Addiction twists the reward pathways of the brain to keep addicts tied to whatever gets them high. But can we use our knowledge of the brain to undo these neurological knots? Watch psychiatrist Nora Volkow, chemist Kim Janda, and neuroscientists Eric Nestler and Amir Levine explain the latest thinking in the science of addiction in the mind in “The Craving Brain: The Neuroscience of Uncontrollable Urges,” a program of the 2014 World Science Festival.

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Roger Ebert on John Belushi

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by Screedler on July 25, 2014

I knew Roger Ebert could write about alcoholism; but this article published in 1984 about the death of John Belushi blew me away.  It’s the best thing I have ever read about celebrity substance abuse and brings out some very pertinent points on the disease as a whole.  I am so glad I stumbled upon it so I could share.   Don’t want to steal any of his thunder so please just click the link.

Why John Belushi Died.

 

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Alcoholism-proofed

by Screedler on July 22, 2014

Would you genetically alter your progenyslurm to be alcoholism proofed? That’s the thought I had after reading about scientists in Texas who have generated worms that can’t get drunk after ingesting alcohol.

The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience today, relates how the researchers were able to alter a common human  molecular channel that binds alcohol in the brain in worms by modifying the worm’s genetic makeup. This, the researcher say, is the first example of scientists modifying a human alchohol target to successfully prevent intoxication in an animal.

The researchers now hope to develop drugs that would have the same effect in mice — and eventually humans.  The researchers believe they have  found a way that future drugs may target a single human brain protein, called the BK channel, to stop alcohol from activating it and causing intoxication.   If the scientists could find a drug that has the same effect as the mutation, they might be able to help people overcome addiction and the effects of withdrawal.

But why stop at drugs that would help with addiction, when in the scifi future I hope to live in you can pick the color of your kids eyes as well making sure they will not get cancer. If you had a history of alcoholism yourself or in your family, would it not be advantageous to genetically prevent that as well? I would certainly consider it knowing the pain and suffering it put me through. What parent want’s their kinds to suffer.

In the meantime, maybe this research could help Slurm McKenzie

 

Futurama’s Slurms Mckenzie, the mascot of the most addictive susbtance in the universe.  Slurm.

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Bro… you are a Drunk

July 17, 2014

I’m a little old to be in the target demo of BroBible, but a story with just one Digg in my news feed  tweaked my interest enough to check out the site where young men ( I think there is an age limit to being a Bro… but not being a Dude) learn the ins […]

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TIL

July 14, 2014

TIL used to be all the rage on the internet. It’s shorthand for “Today I Learned”.  You don’t see it as much these days; maybe it got a little overused like LOL and SMH. Anyhow, I could not think of better title to describe all the interesting tidbits I learned while researching info on a story about the […]

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The Right Time To Do The Wrong Thing

July 10, 2014

Mike Boyer, after being spotted on TV as one of the first buyers of legal weed in Spokane, WA on Tuesay; was called in by his employer of 12 years for a drug test and promptly fired.  Turns out the security firm he worked for wasn’t too happy with an employee responsible for the safety of other people’s property […]

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Wise Words From Death

July 6, 2014

He speaks to me.  Poster from 1912.  

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At The Movies – Life Itself

July 3, 2014

If you’re looking for a good movie to see over the holiday, and are lucky enough to have a theater that runs it (probably limited release) you should seek out Life Itself; a biography of one of us that beat the bottle and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize while becoming the most famous […]

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1 in 10

June 29, 2014

You know how they say any press is good press.  Hmm. maybe.  It’s a shame it’s bad news; but I have seen a lot of front page posts for a recent CDC report that points out Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working-Age Adults !!!!! USA Today – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/26/drinking-alcohol-alcoholism-binge-deaths-fatal-cdc/11384335/ NBC News – http://www.nbcnews.com/#/health/health-news/drinking-causes-1-10-deaths-working-age-adults-cdc-says-n141741 NPR […]

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Australian Drunk Driving PSA Supercut

June 26, 2014

I somehow stumbled into Drunk Driving PSA-land on YouTube.  After watching twenty lame ones absent-mindedly, I struck gold.  This supercut of drunk driving PSA’s is from Australia’s Traffic Accident Commission and is a compilation of 20 years of video campaigns.   It starts slow but gets mighty intense, making me both wince and cringe by the end. The song choice is inspired and perfectly […]

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Sober Toolbox Additions

June 23, 2014

It has been a while since I added any posts in the toolbox.  Sober Toolbox Additions are where we revisit posts from the past that were more focused on the nuts and bolts of recovery, or something you should not have missed just because your new here, and re-post them in our new Sober Toolbox […]

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TiK ToK

June 19, 2014

Dangerous alcohol consumption was responsible for 3.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012, according to a new World Health Organization report this last May. I did the math – that’s one alcohol related death every 10 seconds! A “year” unit in scientific practice is a year of exactly 365.25 days, based on a day of exactly […]

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Evil Bar

June 16, 2014

From the people at How It Should Have Ended. Bars are full of nothing but bad people right?  Well, the truth is while it’s probably not a good place for those of us that have craved alcohol as a necessity for life, you can probably find more than a few good souls at the local bar.  Not so in […]

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Why can’t we be friends?

June 12, 2014

In Recovery 101 they tell you that you will need to give up your old bad habit buddies and the places you used to hang out. Of late, I have been helping a close friend reconnect with an old running buddy. A couple of years ago this running buddy got into a pretty bad situation […]

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Blood Alcohol

June 8, 2014

Alcoholics have been known to go to extremes to get their fix.  They will drink mouthwash.  They will drink hand sanitizer.  They will drink vanilla extract, sterno, and perfume.  Let’s not even start on wine enema’s.  But would they drink the blood of another inebriated soul; and would that work to satisfy their overpowering need?  Unfortunately, […]

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