New directions in our understanding of addiction: 1. The science of habits

Since retiring from the university about a month ago, my “career” seems to be better defined than ever. I’m a science writer and a speaker. And because I get invited to write articles and give talks, I’m obliged to continue to update my understanding of my field, which happens to be addiction. And things keep […] (Read the rest.)

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Soft drugs, addiction, and legalization: What can Canada learn from other countries?

…by Hanna Anderson… In marijuana news, the government of Canada is looking to create and finalize a bill that will legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017. Some changes are already in motion. Just recently, Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, announced the Task Force for Marijuana Legalization responsible for creating Canada’s drug policy on marijuana […] (Read the rest.)

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Radical rehab: Colin Brewer tells his own story

…by Colin Brewer… Greetings from London and thanks, everybody, for what are — amazingly for this field — almost entirely positive comments on the ‘language’ analogy that I first suggested in 1989 and that my co-author Emmanuel Streel and I have been writing about since 2003. (Emmanuel is a neuropsychologist but also a psychopharmacologist.) Since […] (Read the rest.)

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The notorious British doctor and his lessons on addiction

Hi everyone. I haven’t been writing on the blog much lately. My book was released in the UK on July 14th, and that meant shooting off articles for various publications and giving talks and interviews. So I went to London two weeks ago. It’s still there, as colourful and overwhelming as ever. Despite Englands’ majority […] (Read the rest.)

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Out of the box

…by Matt Robert… There is a well-known unconscious defense mechanism in psychology—compartmentalization. All humans compartmentalize. It’s one of the ways we make sense of the world, putting things in little boxes, so we can understand and move through the world more effectively. But compartmentalization can cause more harm than good. Especially when it comes to […] (Read the rest.)

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