Mindfulness Meditation Could Replace Opioid-based Pain Relief, and Lower Addiction Rates

Opioid painkillers are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they reduce chronic pain, which plagues around 100 million Americans. Yet they can also lead to abuse of painkillers, which all too often develops into a heroin addiction.  Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center conducted a study that assessed the effectiveness of meditation as a…

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Doctors Should Pause before Dismissing the 12 Steps Approach to Addiction

By Jessica Gregg Washington Post March 18 Jessica Gregg is medical director for substance use disorders at Central City Concern in Portland, Ore., and an associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. Addiction has long been medicine’s unwanted stepchild. Doctors didn’t understand it, didn’t know how to treat it and felt helpless…

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An Initial fMRI Study on Neural Correlates of Prayer in Members of A.A.

Marc Galanter MDa*, Zoran Josipovic PhDb, Helen Dermatis PhDa, Jochen Weberc & Mary Alice Millarda The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Encompassing All Addictive Disorders ABSTRACTBackground: Many individuals with alcohol-use disorders who had experienced alcohol craving before joining Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) report little or no craving after becoming long-term members. Their use of…

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The Risk of Addiction in the Transgender Community: Embracing your Identity while Coping with Addiction

AboutAddiction.com  The transgender community faces extraordinary challenges. Struggling with the internal gender identity battle seems challenging enough, but after you’ve come to terms with your gender identity and decided to live as your authentic self, you may face discrimination, judgment, and even violence. According to the Center for American Progress, “It is estimated that between…

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Steps to the Great Perfection: Mind Training Tradition of the Dzogchen Masters

by Jigme Lingpa, translated by Cortland Dahl The mind-training practices contained in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism have never before been presented in the English language. The main text translated here, The Steps to Liberation, will be of great interest to Western practitioners, since its instructions are pithy and direct, and experiential rather than…

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