Addiction Research – A Battle to Win

I wanted to talk about addiction. I have a background in psychology. I am actually quitting smoking tomorrow, and cutting down today. I’ve been around the drug scene. Some of my friends are in various health services as well. So, it’s not just dry science to me. Old school mentalities toward addiction include the likes of the disease model. Basically that’s like being branded in a way. You’re stuck with it. But there are many other models of recovery and addiction itself. Rational Recovery for example pits the higher mind against the animal brain – in a manner perhaps comparable to cognitive behavioural therapy. Which leads me nicely along to the piece of research I’d like to talk about. [i] Coked up Marsupials Basically they got some cocaine addicted rats. Rats that would endure pain to get cocaine. Okay, so they aren’t in PETA. They targeted an area of the brain associated in humans with inhibition and decision making. By targeting this region, in the addicted rats, they reduced compulsive drug taking behaviour. Pretty cool, right? The region targeted in …

The Inner Revolution & Micro-dosing LSD

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Since the 1960’s counter cultural revolution, modern society has been influenced by a new ‘inner’ culture. Psychedelics and mysticism. The science of which has moved us from a culture of deep scepticism and stoicism, to one that routinely practices  mystic techniques such as mindfulness in psychology/psychiatry, hypnosis and NLP in sports and in business and has established the benefits of many practices like yoga, meditation, floatation and so on. Very recently we have seen a massive recent rise in the use of floatation (sensory deprivation) as a means of enhancing creatively and mental health, especially amongst competitive professionals, and it seems like psychedelics are also having a new revolution right now, as a with a similar set- success seeking millennials such as those in Silicon Valley. What is Microdosing? “Micro-dosing” is the practice of taking a ‘sub-perceptual’ dose of a psychedelic, and going about one’s normal routine. It’s said to make people more open, happy,  more productive and enhance creativity and problem solving, also increasing sporting or exercise performance without producing typically mind altered subjective effects that might interfere with …

An addiction I didn’t know I had

Five weeks ago today I arranged to meet a workmate and our supervisor at a handy BP Connect for a coffee and strategy session. While waiting for the ‘boss’ to arrive my mate apologized if over the previous two weeks he had offended me in any way. He went on to say that after speaking to a heart specialist over an irregular heartbeat he had developed recently he had given up drinking caffeine. For the last two weeks he had been, in his own words, “grumpy and tired”. Keep reading http://xmusicmanx.blogspot.co.nz/2014/02/an-addiction-i-didnt-know-i-had.html