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Addiction is a strong physical and psychological attachment to a behavioral pattern that leads to unhealthy consequences and a disrupted life. Addictions can be focused on many different stimuli, such as substances, money, technology, specific activities, or other people: the similarity lies in that the original attachment provided relief for a particular stressor or imbalance in one’s life, but the reliance on the relief has actually deepened the imbalance. Addictions wreak physical, emotional, psychological, and financial havoc in the lives of those of us who suffer from it, and in the lives of our friends and families. Addiction is a serious condition and typically requires clinical intervention to assist in a rebalancing of behavior, attention, and biochemistry, but while addiction is increasingly seen as a brain disease, it is still heavily stigmatized as a moral failing, making it difficult for many to admit that they need help to heal.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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My Drug Addiction Story—Yung Pueblo | London Real

Diego Perez is the meditator, writer, and speaker known as Yung Pueblo. His message of self-healing, self-love and the wisdom that comes, with truly knowing ourselves now reaches hundreds of thousands on social media.

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it.

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This Addiction Treatment Works. Why Is It So Underused?

Steven Kelty had been addicted to crack cocaine for 32 years when he tried a different kind of treatment last year, one so basic in concept that he was skeptical.

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FindCenterUnderstanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.

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Dr. Jud Brewer on “Everyday Addictions”

We all have habits, but our habits can come to control us. Learn how habits become addictions and how to overcome them with Dr. Jud Brewer.

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Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction

Unbroken Brain offers a radical and groundbreaking new perspective, arguing that addictions are learning disorders and showing how seeing the condition this way can untangle current debates over treatment, prevention, and policy.

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Why This Doctor Believes Addictions Start in Childhood

Understanding the root causes of addiction can help us to better treat it.

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FindCenterIf you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.

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"The Addicted World" Clip from 'Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames'

Renowned Jungian Analyst and author, Marion Woodman and celebrated mystic Andrew Harvey, discuss how our addiction to 'stuff' is killing us.

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Unchain Your Brain: 10 Steps to Breaking the Addictions that Steal Your Life

The brain plays a central role in your vulnerability to addiction and your ability to recover. Brain dysfunction is the number-one reason why people fall victim to addiction, why they can't break the chains of addiction, and why they relapse.

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