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Video game addiction and “gaming disorder,” explained - Vox
The World Health Organization now recognizes “gaming disorder.” It’s a controversial, but some argue necessary, classification.
videogames  gaming  Psychology  addiction 
17 hours ago by jorgebarba
Psilocybin 'Magic Mushrooms' Can Help People Quit Smoking - The Atlantic
12 out of 15 quit smoking after 1-2 psilocybin trips (the typical success rate is 35%)

"depression and addiction both involve a narrowing of vision—a tunnel that it takes a profound experience to suck someone out of. Psilocybin, he says, can foster something called cross-talk between regions of the brain that don’t normally communicate. Cross-talk, in turn, is associated with novel ways of looking at problems."

When tripping, people are “dealing with stuff they haven’t dealt with in years or decades”

"Johnson cautions that his study doesn’t mean people should take mushrooms on their own to cure various ailments, or at all. His intervention was tightly controlled and guided. Mushrooms and other hallucinogens carry the risk of “behavioral toxicity”—the scientific term for trying dangerous feats while high.

Besides, he says, people don’t necessarily need to take hallucinogens to break free of their destructive brain patterns. It can happen with any mystical life experience—the kind that changes everything that comes afterward. Living in a foreign country, giving birth to a child, and even falling in love can all approach the brain-rearranging power of psychedelics, at least for some people."
shrooms  psilocybin  addiction  cure  quit  smoking 
3 days ago by dandv
Denis Johnson, Who Wrote of the Failed and the Desperate, Dies at 67 - The New York Times
Mr. Johnson initially believed that sobriety would damage his creativity, but later realized that his addictions were not fueling much writing.

“I finally figured it only meant I’d be writing three paragraphs less a year,” he told New York magazine in 2002, “because I’d only written two stories and 37 poems in almost a decade.”
addiction  writing 
3 days ago by craniac
Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs…adverse childhood experiences. « ACEs Too High
"He says: Addiction shouldn’t be called “addiction”. It should be called “ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking”.

He says: Ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking (what traditionalists call addiction) is a normal response to the adversity experienced in childhood, just like bleeding is a normal response to being stabbed."
addiction  drugs  psychology  homelessness 
5 days ago by ssam
“The order of drug use, in general, is simply opportunistic. What is accessible at the least personal cost is what comes first.” For example, in a 2012 study he led about substance abuse in Japan, more than 82 percent of hard-drug users had never used cannabis.
drugs  addiction 
6 days ago by craniac
A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley - The New York Times
“We thought we could control it,” Mr. Anderson [Chris Anderson, of Wired] said. “And this is beyond our power to control. This is going straight to the pleasure centers of the developing brain. This is beyond our capacity as regular parents to understand.”
technology  children  addiction 
14 days ago by jbushnell
Your Brain is Your Phone – How We Get To Next
Russell Foster has pointed out though people “feel” their devices are disrupting their sleep, empirical evidence is still lacking. And as Simon Maybin explores in this BBC piece, the idea that new technologies have shortened peoples’ attention spans is largely a myth—as is the very idea of an “attention span.”

founder of the advocacy group Time Well Spent, which demands “technology that serves us, not advertising.”
Smartphone  addiction  brain  neurology  future  from instapaper
16 days ago by killerog

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