Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

In all probability there are very few of us who can, with hand on heart, declare that they are free of any sort of addiction. Everyone carries a crutch of one form or another – one that we lean on for help and support when the challenges of life exceed our capacity to deal with them. Neuropsychologist Walter Ling MD. Dr. Ling served as a consultant on narcotic affairs to the US Department of State and the World Health Organization. He is also the founding director of the Integrated Substance…

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In the Moment: Coping with Strong, Sudden Emotions by Walter Ling, MD

An excerpt from Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean by Walter Ling, MD Meditation and journaling are ideal for calm moments of reflection. However, what do you do in heated moments? Sometimes, strong emotions arise suddenly and we don’t know how to handle them. We can get swept up in our emotions and react and behave inappropriately. Or we may deny our emotions entirely; try to suppress an emotion we fear, such as anger; or mislabel our feelings. For example, we may say…

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Getting Off Drugs: Detoxification and the Dangers of Relapse by Walter Ling, MD

An excerpt from Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean by Walter Ling, MD Getting off drugs — detoxification, or detox for short — is the first step in overcoming addiction. It is often said to be the first step in the journey of a thousand miles — the long journey of recovery, or living a sane and meaningful life without drugs. Detox is where everyone who tries to overcome addiction begins, and it is the most common addiction “treatment” offered in this country.…

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Why Do People Take Drugs? by Walter Ling, MD

An excerpt from Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean by Walter Ling, MD We have discussed how the brain works, how drugs affect the brain, how the brain becomes addicted, and how it stays addicted — as it learns and incorporates drug experiences into memory and as its reward circuitry overwhelms rational inhibitions. Now let’s ask perhaps the most important question of all: Why do people take drugs in the first place? Alan Leshner, former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse,…

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