Addiction – Not a disease?

  The word addiction can mean many things for many people. Are people unable to choose wisely because they lack impulse control? Are they always driven to extremes through a brain disease that effects ability to choose? Has it been an over-exposure or indulgence in substances that has changed the brain to become drink andContinue reading “Addiction – Not a disease?”

Post Acute withdrawal syndrome?

Symptoms of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome – P.A.W.S. What is PAWS? The long-term effects or withdrawal symptoms that occur after initial withdrawal symptoms.  The severity depends on two factors.  Firstly the amount and degree of brain dysfunction or disruption that has been caused by the length of use, and type of chemicals used, and anyContinue reading “Post Acute withdrawal syndrome?”

E-cigarettes less harmful

Professor David Nutt says let’s get an understanding that E-cigarettes are indeed less harmful than smoking real cigarettes: “I believe that e-cigarettes have huge potential to save lives by providing an alternative to smoking. Yet this can only be realised if we address negative harm perceptions and communicate honestly with the public. Ongoing research canContinue reading “E-cigarettes less harmful”

LSD makes the brain “child-like”

“A major breakthrough came this April when David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London, published a paper proving the neural imaging of LSD’s effects could help researchers pinpoint specific alteration to brain behavior and potentially further explore the neurobiology of consciousness.” https://www.inverse.com/article/25716-lsd-brain-imaging-lysergic-acid-psychedelic-research I met David Nutt in 2009 at an SSDP meeting in LeedsContinue reading “LSD makes the brain “child-like””

Why you might no longer be a raver:

A neurosurgeon in New Zealand is pioneering a new technique that promises to rid craving for alcohol and drugs  – And bizarrely enough allows you to drink again? The idea behind the device is that some people with addiction issues maybe experiencing “Hypofrontality’ which in a nut-shell is linked to impulse control.  So when someoneContinue reading “Why you might no longer be a raver:”

Various Press Appearances

These are just a few links to times I was mentioned in the world press: The frontman’s counsellor, Dylan Kerr, will accompany Doherty and co on tour to “Mexico and beyond” in November, according to The Sunday Telegraph. A press representative for The Libertines has additionally confirmed the news to NME. Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/music/the-libertines-46-1224152#dGCdHeIfipdDgUAH.99Continue reading “Various Press Appearances”

Could a brain implant cure addiction?

A neurosurgeon in New Zealand is pioneering a new technique that promises to rid craving for alcohol and drugs  – And bizarrely enough allows you to drink again? The idea behind the device is that some people with addiction issues maybe experiencing “Hypofrontality’ which in a nut-shell is linked to impulse control.  So when someoneContinue reading “Could a brain implant cure addiction?”

The “Dabbing” trend.

Most recently I came across the term “dabbing” in reference to drug usage online,  I made the assumption that dabbing referred to dipping your finger into drugs and rubbing it into your gums. However I began to notice that “dabbing” was not in reference to powered drugs but to to “Butane hash oil”  and thisContinue reading “The “Dabbing” trend.”

“Sock-Puppet” Effect In Treatment

There is a level of resistance in addiction which I’ve found one of the most challenging as it’s often one of the hardest forms of denial I’ve encountered. It is a form of resistance that is akin to a “sock-puppet“. So what is a sock-puppet and why does it occur? Quite simply a sock-puppet isContinue reading ““Sock-Puppet” Effect In Treatment”