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As a psychotherapist in San Jose, California, I have a lot of clients ask me what addiction does to the brain. Through all of the research done about drug addiction and its affects on the brain, one can see how drug addiction is considered a brain disease. Drug addiction is a disabling disease and can ruin a person's life. By taking drugs, a person's brain becomes rewired to tolerate high amounts of dopamine neurotransmitters, but once those high amounts of dopamine cease to exist, the person experiences withdrawal symptoms. However, there are ways drug addicts can control their drug intake by using classical conditioning techniques, which allows them to associate drugs with negative attributes.
For some time, researchers have suggested that addiction may be a brain disease. The latest research indicates that addiction disrupts brain circuitry. Studies at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National ...
Fasting is a practice that almost all eating disorders sufferers participate in, using it to manage weight and gain a feeling of control. The anorectic tends to have the most extreme fasting practices, whereas the bulimic usually fasts for shorter periods. Fasting among binge eaters and food addicts is sporadic, with some individuals using it more than others.
The primary treatment for eating disorders is counseling and psychotherapy. For a psychotherapist treating someone with an eating disorder, having a thorough understanding of the practice of fasting could be a useful standard of care. Without this knowledge, it becomes more difficult to decipher the patient’s motivations and defense mechanisms pertaining to fasting. For the anorectic who has abused fasting to the brink of death, examining her bond with fasting in psychotherapy—much in the same way an alcoholic would with alcohol—could play an important role in recovery.
For patients who have not abused the pra...
All we need is gossip and alcohol” says one greeting card. Another reads “Birthdays I like. It’s the morning after that I hate.” Scribed across a third is “A drop of wine never hurt anyone. Must be why a whole bottle makes you feel a whole lot better.” The accompanying illustrations encourage female bonding over booze. And these sentiments are not in slim company. Greeting cards designed for women to exchange tend to concentrate on alcohol and celebrate vices. Social media, too, is saturated with drinking humor.While funny, the ideas also provide a level of permission. Not only is it okay to drink, but it’s okay to overdo it. Charlotte (her name has been changed at her request), age 42, remembers the dismissive laugh she shared with her drinking friends: “We would joke that ‘We aren’t alcoholics. Alcoholics go to meetings! We’re just drunks.’” Amongst her comrades, the behavior was normalized. They told each ...
Ah the good ol' food pyramid. Low in fats, moderate in fruits and vegetables and high in whole grains. The food pyramid is an important part of our physical being. However it is only part of a larger triangle: That of our entire being or what I like to call our 'selves.' This triangle is made up of three parts: Our emotional/intellectual selves, our physical selves and last, our spiritual selves. Most people take fairly good care of the first two "selves," but not quite as good care on the last one. In order to have a balanced life we must maintain all three pretty equally. Do you find that the your three "selves" are fairly equally balanced? Do you eat right, workout, challenge your mind, socialize? Are you spiritually balanced? The key is in the old expression: "Everything in moderation." This is simple and easy: Allow a little time every day for spiritual growth-prayer, Reiki, meditation, etc. By doing this you will balance out the third self. And once you balance your three "selves"...
Stable Meadows and Stable Wellness Center WHOA© Method
Addressing triggers, a step towards recovery Stable Meadows and Stable Wellness Center
WHOA means to cease or slow a course of action or a line of thought: pause to consider or reconsider —often used to express a strong reaction. It also means to ‘hold your horses or to slow down’ before you are on a runaway horse. To take time to collect yourself and your horse before things become too fast of a pace that you and your horse are comfortable at.
At Stable Meadows we focus on incorporating more ‘whoa’ in your life in order to focus on providing self-care and self-awareness in everyday life. The ‘WHOA’ method focuses on addressing your basic needs before you react
“W” defines the Worry, what is the trigger right now, what do I need to do to slow down, focus on my breathing, address the cause.
“H” How am I feel right now am I hungry, do my physical needs have t...
One of the first things I learned as a hypnotist was that all hypnosis is really self hypnosis. The same can be said about all healing. Although they may seem magical, when you work with a healer (hypnotist, eft specialist or reiki master), they are merely a guide for you to heal yourself. Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we all have the power within ourselves to heal. Before this happens, we may get caught in the 'fog.' The fog could be represented by those things in our life that cloud up our vision like work, relationships, living situations and (the pursuit of) money. It may take some help to lift the fog. However, the fog gets lifted when we find the ability in ourselves to see things, not shrouded in 'fog', but clearly and as they truly are.
The title of this blog is a play on the expression, "how much you need to live." You see I am in the midst of a massive house and garage clean up, organize and purge. I am done with the garage and almost done with our basement. As I was working , it got me to thinking of how much "crap" we have collected through the years. By cleaning out my home, I feel better about myself (and my family). I feel that this simplification translates to all areas of my life-personal, work, spiritual. And it feels really, really good!!
Isn't it true that we all complicate our lives, many times without reason. The best way to simplify our lives is to accumulate less-this can be with material items, relationships or even just thoughts. It's not "how much You need," but "how little You need" that is the answer.
I am personally a very big math fan. Why? Because, despite what everyone says in high school, math really is an integral part of your life. For example, let's talk about a person's ideal weight. This is calculated and maintained by a simple math equation. Food In (FI) multiplied by calories needed (CN) equals weight (W). Like so FI x CN =W. If you increase Food In (FI) then Weight (W) automatically increases. If you decrease FI then W decreases. It really works for every person and it is simple (and mathematical). Another example would be what I call the "leaf pile." In other words how many different activities a person takes on in their daily life (this includes work btw). So the equation goes like this Leaf pile (LP) multiplied by time (T) equals stress level (SL) or LP x T =SL. If you increase the leaf pile (LP) and keep time (T) equal then your stress level (SL) increases. Same thing happens if you decrease your time (T). If you decrease you leaf pile and or increase your time then...
Even the most disciplined of us occasionally overeats, helping ourselves to seconds or even third portions, especially on holidays or at parties. This is not a binge eating disorder. It becomes a disorder when the bingeing occurs regularly and is accompanied by shame and secrecy. The binger is deeply embarrassed about overeating and vows never to do it again. However the compulsion is so strong that subsequent urges to gorge themselves cannot be resisted.The DSM-V, released by the American Psychiatric Association in May 2013, legitimizes the suffering of millions of Americans by designating Binge Eating Disorder as a psychiatric illness which may make it possible to get the cost of treatment reimbursed by insurance.
According to the DSM-V, binge eating disorder is characterized by several behavioral and emotional signs:
Recurrent episodes of binge eating occurring at least once a week for three monthsEating a larger amount of food than normal during a short time frame (any two-hour p...
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