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My Mindful Challenge? Harnessing Anger Behind the Wheel

05 May My Mindful Challenge? Harnessing Anger Behind the Wheel

I’ve been involved in mindfulness practices in some form or another for over 25 years. I dabbled in meditation related to my karate classes during high school, began studying yoga early in college, started teaching yoga in my mid-20s, and embarked on a study of Chinese martial arts in my late 20s which included tai chi, qigong and various forms of martial arts-related meditations. I discovered the writings of world renowned mindfulness advocate Thich Nhat Hanh in my early 30s, and since then—for the last 15 years or so—I’ve applied his mindfulness teachings to just about anything you care to name: walking, cycling, housecleaning, yard work, interpersonal relationships, workplace dynamics, raising my daughter, and my addiction recovery. There’s one area in my life, however, where I just can’t seem to be mindful. In fact, in this one sliver of my life, I’m a lower-self dominated Neanderthal jerk.
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Chinese Couple Sell Babies for Gaming Addiction

21 Apr Chinese Couple Sell Babies for Gaming Addiction

A disturbing news story out of China has placed the spotlight squarely on one of our biggest modern addictions: gaming. A couple in China are going on trial for allegedly trying to sell their children. They ran out of money for buying in-app purchases for tablet and smartphone games. The event illustrates an extreme example of how such gaming habits can get out of control. Most of us have experienced the pull of games like Farmville and Candy Crush Saga. The truth is that the designers of these games have addiction and profit in mind. 
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Parents’ Cigarette, Alcohol Use Ups Risk for Dual Diagnosis in Adult Children

14 Apr Parents’ Cigarette, Alcohol Use Ups Risk for Dual Diagnosis in Adult Children

New research finds that a young adult’s risk for dual diagnosis is linked to having a mother who smokes cigarettes and who displays an unusually low amount of parent-child attachment. In addition, the researchers concluded that children born to fathers with serious alcohol problems are also at risk for simultaneously occurring problems with substance abuse/addiction and some other form of mental illness.
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Age When Gambling Began, Not Gender, Best Predictor for Gambling Disorder

09 Apr Age When Gambling Began, Not Gender, Best Predictor for Gambling Disorder

People with gambling disorder have a non-substance-based behavioral addiction that manifests as seriously dysfunctional participation in at least one type of gambling activity. Current research indicates that, among those individuals seeking treatment for their condition, women typically develop gambling problems in a pattern that’s distinctly different from the pattern usually found in men. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addiction, a team of American and Australian researchers looked for similar gender-based differences in affected individuals who have not yet sought treatment for their dysfunctional gambling behaviors.
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Tennessee is one of 12 states that require drug testing of welfare applicants, but initial figures reveal that after six months of the new rules, only a tiny fraction of welfare applicants have tested positive for drugs.

02 Apr Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants Yields Few Positive Results

Tennessee is one of 12 states that require drug testing of welfare applicants, but initial figures reveal that after six months of the new rules, only a tiny fraction of welfare applicants have tested positive for drugs. Of course, whether or not people struggling with addiction should be discounted from welfare is a political issue, but the actual effectiveness of the approach—whether it’s cost-effective and, more importantly, whether it helps get people in need into treatment—is a factual issue. Sadly for those in favor of the approach, the initial figures are less than promising, with the changes identifying only 37 drug users out of more than 16,000 applications: a mere 0.2 percent of all applicants. 
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The Surprising Similarities Between Gambling and Sex Addictions

31 Mar The Surprising Similarities Between Gambling and Sex Addictions

Behavioral addictions are sometimes controversial. Not all addiction experts are willing to classify obsessive and compulsive behaviors along with drug and alcohol addictions. Many, though, recognize that there are too many commonalities between chemical and behavioral addictions to ignore. Two of the most widely accepted types of behavioral addictions, sexual and gambling, have a lot in common. Although they seem like wildly different behaviors, sex addicts and compulsive gamblers are engaging in very similar acts. 
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