Category Archives: Brain Research | Brain Scans

articles on 21st century brain and addiction-related research, including brain scans

Working the 12 Steps With a Little Help From Brain Science

Working the 12 Steps With a Little Help From Brain Science

Millions struggling with addiction* have found their pathway to recovery through the 12 Steps — AA and NA, as examples. Millions of their loved ones have found their recovery from secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging (SHD)** through 12 Steps, as well — Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, as examples. But there are many more who report having a problem with theContinue Reading

Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Brain science is a powerful tool one can use to change their thoughts, feelings or behaviors – seriously! For followers of my blog, you know my enthusiasm for one of the most profound discoveries I’ve learned which is how the brain wires, develops and maps. And it is this understanding that has helped me andContinue Reading

Secondhand Drinking IS Childhood Trauma

Secondhand Drinking IS Childhood Trauma

There’s been a great deal of new research about the role childhood trauma plays in changing the neural network wiring of a child’s developing brain. I think Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris does one of the best jobs explaining (in 15 minutes!), “Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up … the repeated stressContinue Reading

Zero Drinking to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder | FASD – American Academy of Pediatrics

Zero Drinking to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder | FASD – American Academy of Pediatrics

I was deeply troubled by the push back to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that women abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. [See American Academy of Pediatrics’ Clinical Report on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) published online 10-19-15]. The push back was the topic of Nancy Shute’s October 26,Continue Reading

Using the Science of Stress to Change Emotional | Physical Health

Using the Science of Stress to Change Emotional | Physical Health

In my work with various groups and individuals, it’s been my simplification of the science of stress that has especially resonated for many of my clients, because stress is the underpinning of the impacts of secondhand drinking and often of alcohol and other drug misuse, as well as the success of one’s recovery. So IContinue Reading

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015 officially opened with President Obama’s proclamation calling upon “all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities that help prevent child abuse and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.” The President continues, saying, “A strong, stable family is the best foundation for a promising childhood, and when parentsContinue Reading

For Your Brain ‘s Sake – Step Away From Your Cell Phone, Email…

For Your Brain ‘s Sake – Step Away From Your Cell Phone, Email…

As someone who began her professional career in “the before” — the before cell phones (let alone Smartphones), before email, before answering machines and fax machines – heck, before the Internet and social networking “opportunities” beyond imagination (FB, Twitter, Pinterest…) – I could so relate to Daniel J Levitin’s January 18, 2105 article for TheContinue Reading

Lack of Mental Health Care

Lack of Mental Health Care

The horrific consequences of the lack of mental health care in America were driven home last night (9/14/14) by 60 Minutes in their program, “No Where to Go: Mentally Ill Youth in Crisis.” Having studied mental health, especially as it relates to co-occurring disorders with addiction, I wanted to share this program, as well as images showingContinue Reading