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.


Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong | Johann Hari

What really causes addiction - to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions.

The Addicted Brain: How to Break Free

Dr. Hyla Cass has discovered that correcting brain chemistry imbalances that trigger addictive behaviors will often eliminate the addiction.


All addictions have the capacity to induce a sense of hopelessness and feelings of failure, as well as shame and guilt, but research documents that recovery is the rule rather than the exception.

Understanding 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.


The Power of Addiction and the Addiction of Power: Gabor Maté at TEDxRio

Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction - from drugs to power.

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.

Mindfulness for Relapse Prevention

Addiction relapse prevention approaches have traditionally focused on challenging the thoughts that contribute to and exacerbate addictive behaviors as well as helping those in recovery develop healthier coping strategies in challenging situations.

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


From Drug Addiction to Grocery Store Clerk to NFL Star: Darren Waller’s Incredible Journey

Darren Waller is one of the NFL’s best tight ends. His “cheat code” to playing at a high level? Sobriety. He’s a survivor of an addiction that nearly cost him everything.

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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