Montana Meth

A very powerful ad campaign from Montana about the dangers of meth use (thanks to Mike at addictiontomorrow for exposing me to it). Like most advertising, and indeed most media presentations of drug users, the content is a little too stylized, but the point is pretty clear.

I would like to point out that while there isn’t necessarily any research that shows that a single use of meth can lead to addiction, we do know that even using meth for a short while can have serious long term effects on the way the brain functions. This is especially true when talking about some basic learning mechanisms in the brain that affect our ability to change our behavior (look for a post on this shortly)

Recent online mentions

Our blog has recently been mentioned in a few places on the web including:

Some Chick’s Blog – A great online resource for meth specific information. Last I heard the author was working on a meth Wiki that would allow people to educate themselves about this destructive drug.

and

Addiction Recovery Basics – Bill’s great blog is just full of resources for people struggling with addiction.

I think that all my readers could benefit from looking into these other online sources of information. While we try to educate and expose people to the latest, most relevant research available on addiction, there’s no way we can cover everything there is to know about addiction. It’s good to have such great people working alongside us.

Tip of the day #1

If you think you have a problem with drugs yourself, try telling someone who isn’t involved in your drug use. Telling using buddies often leads to little in the way of solutions, but people a bit removed from the situation may have as easier time offering help.

Neuroscience updates!!!

Hey readers!

We’ve just passed the 6000 visitor mark and our readership is growing steadily. I want to thank everyone who regularly check the site and welcome those of you who are here for the first time.

I’m in DC right now, attending the annual meeting of the Society For Neuroscience (sfn.org). I have been learning about new exciting developments related to addiction for the past 4 days and can’t wait to share them with you.

Watch out for some great new stuff!!!

Duchovny out of rehab

Well, it seems that David Duchovny completed his month log rehab stint for sex addiction. In this story, no further details are given regarding his reasons for entering treatment in the first place. But I’m sure we all wish him well, hoping that he’s been given some tools to deal with his problems.

As I noted in a previous posts about sex addiction, the problem can be difficult, sometimes even more so than drug addiction because sex is an activity the addict is still supposed to engage in, only in a “healthy” manner. Unlike the drug addict, abstinence is not a long term option for most sex addicts. I’ve talked before about whether abstinence needs to be the only option we talk about even when it comes to drug addiction ( think not), but when sex addiction is the topic, anything other than relatively short term abstinence in certainly not the ideal.

Again, I think there are strong parallels between sex addiction and substance abuse and hopefully, our ideas regarding proper recovery from both will evolve beyond the black and white state they are currently mired in.

And the survey says…

Well then, it seems that the drug-use survey I created is telling me that my blog readers’ drug use falls right in line with the use patterns common in the country.

Most of the readers smoke cigarettes, with marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine close in tow. I didn’t expect the meth, ecstasy, and other drug counts to be so low (less than 10 for each of those), but I guess that’s why I created the survey!

So, I’ll be trying to write the posts with your use in mind, and I’ll be continuously monitoring the survey to see if anything changes…