Monthly Archives: October 2007

Excerpt: Myths of Addiction

From HBO’s deeply insightful series Addiction comes this list on myths of addiction (adapted from Myths of Addiction by Carlton K. Erickson, Ph.D.):

  1. Addicts are bad, crazy, or stupid.
  2. Addiction is a willpower problem. (Addiction occurs in an area of the brain called the mesolimbic dopamine system, which is not under conscious control.)
  3. Addicts should be punished, not treated, for using drugs.
  4. People addicted to one drug are addicted to all drugs.
  5. Addicts cannot be treated with medications.
  6. Addiction is treated behaviorally, so it must be a behavioral problem.  (Addiction is a brain disorder that is treated by changing brain function through several types of treatments, like medicine and/or psychotherapy.)
  7. Alcoholics can stop drinking simply by attending AA, meetings, so they can’t have a brain disease.

And the two biggest myths…addicts must reach rock bottom before they can recover, and addicts must desire treatment to recover.  In fact, the longer an addict waits to seek treatment, the more difficult treatment becomes; and even addicts who are forced into treatment can recover fully.

 http://www.hbo.com/addiction/understanding_addiction/16_myths_of_addiction.html

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Yeah Rockies

I’m not huge on baseball.   However, I’ve been so impressed by the Rockies.  Congratulations on their 5-1 win tonight!  The Rockies have taken a tough beating from fans in recent years.  They’re not exactly known for regaling their fans with captivating seasons.  Their attendance was hurting, because who wants to deal with parking and concessions price gouging just to watch a boring game?  Or at least, that’s how it was in the past.  If anyone said at the start of the season that the Rocks were serious contenders for the World Series, they would have been laughed out of the bar.  But this turn-around has taken the city by storm.  Denver is on fire!  I love going downtown to feed off the charge in the air.  On their final game against the Padres, I watched the fireworks from my apartment.  It’s a great memory.  Best of luck to the Rockies with their ongoing rise to the top.

Rockies   COL (1-0) 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0   5 8 0
  ARI (0-1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 9 1

W: J. Francis (1-0, 1.35); L: B. Webb (0-1, 6.00)
HR: None.

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And the Season Commences!

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Snowboarding season has oficially begun in Colorado with the opening of A-Basin today.  Woohoo!  They have an 18-inch base (fake snow, yuck).  Although I will not be anywhere near the slopes to celebrate (some people camped out overnight, how cute!), it certainly calls for celebration.

Cheers to a snow-filled season!

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Sunday Funnies

“Oh, you hate your job?  Why didn’t you say so?  There’s a support group for that.  It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the water cooler.”     -Drew Carey

 “Relationships are hard.  It’s like a full time job, and we should treat it like one.  If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks’ notice.  There should be severance pay.  The day before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp.”     -Bob Ettinger

“The problem with the designated driver program is, it’s not a desirable job, but if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it.  At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house.”     -Jeff Foxworthy

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Hunter S. Thompson: True American Literary Hero

“We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whoe galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers….Also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls….But the only thing that worried me was the ether.  There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge.”

“My attorney said nothing for a moment….He tucked his khaki undershirt into his white rayon bellbottoms and called for one more drink.  ‘You’re going to need plenty of legal advice before this thing is over,” he said.  ‘And my first advice is that you should rent a very fast car with no top and get the hell out of L.A. for at least forty-eight hours….This blows my weekend, because naturally I’ll have to go with you– and we’ll have to arm ourselves.’ ”

“Getting hold of the drugs had been no problem, but the car and the tape recorder were not easy things to round up at 6:30 on a Friday afternoon in Hollywood.”

“My attorney had taken his shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate the tanning process.”

“The car suddenly veered off the road and we came to a sliding halt in the gravel.  I was hurled against the dashboard.  My attorney was slumped over the wheel. ‘What’s wrong?’ I yelled.  ” ‘We can’t stop here.  This is bat country!’ ”

“Few people seem to understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop….It helps to have a police/press badge in your wallet when he calms down enough to ask for your license.  I had one of those– but also a can of Budweiser in my hand.”

“Here I was all alone in Las Vegas with this goddamn incredibly expensive car, completely twisted on drugs, no attorney, no cash, no story for the magazine– and on top of everything else I had a gigantic goddamn hotel bill to deal with.  We had ordered everything into that room that human hands could carry– including about six hundred bars of transluscent Neutrogena soap.”

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Ooh, Where Can I Get That Dress?!

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Love it.

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Men, Sign Up! :)

Someone forwarded this to me a while ago.  It’s anonymous, so no source credited (sorry), and it is in no way meant to cause offense.  Lord knows that in my marriage, I am the one who needs enrolling in most of these classes.

CLASSES FOR MEN

DAY ONE

 HOW TO FILL ICE CUBE TRAYS
Step by step guide with slide presentation.

TOILET ROLLS- DO THEY GROW ON THE HOLDERS?
Roundtable discussion.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAUNDRY BASKET & FLOOR
Practicing with hamper.

DISHES & SILVERWARE; DO THEY LEVITATE/FLY TO KITCHEN SINK OR DISHWASHER BY THEMSELVES?
Debate among a panel of expert Judges.

LOSS OF VIRILITY
Losing the remote control to your significant other — help line and support groups.

LEARNING HOW TO FIND THINGS
Starting with looking in the right place instead of turning the house upside down while screaming — open forum.

DAY TWO

EMPTY MILK CARTONS; DO THEY BELONG IN THE FRIDGE OR THE BIN?
Group discussion and role play.

HEALTH WATCH; BRINGING HER FLOWERS IS NOT HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
PowerPoint presentation.

REAL MEN ASK FOR DIRECTIONS WHEN LOST
Real life testimonial from the one man who did.

IS IT GENETICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SIT QUIETLY AS SHE PARALLEL PARKS?
Driving simulation and follow-up discussion.

LIVING WITH ADULTS; BASIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR PARTNER
Lecture and role playing.

HOW TO BE THE IDEAL SHOPPING COMPANION
Relaxation exercises, meditation, and breathing techniques.

REMEMBERING IMPORTANT DATES AND CALLING WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO BE LATE
Bring your Blackberry to class.

GETTING OVER IT: LEARNING HOW TO LIVE WITH BEING WRONG SOMETIMES
Individual counselors available.

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