Blog Archives (2018)

Opioid Addiction?  There’s Hope (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

Opioid Addiction? There’s Hope (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

For those struggling with addiction to (narcotic pain pills, heroin, fentanyl, etc.), there is hope.  There is a medication, approved by the FDA, that can help decrease cravings.  It’s called buprenorphine (Suboxone) and it is the gold standard in treating Opioid Use Disorder.  Some find it controversial saying that it’s just trading one addiction for another.  The difference, however, is…

Everything You Learned about Addiction Is Wrong, by Johann Hari (posted by Mike Orrill)

Everything You Learned about Addiction Is Wrong, by Johann Hari (posted by Mike Orrill)

I find the subject of addiction fascinating, and the more I study it the more it clear it becomes that its causes and solutions are very complex.  In this 6 minute video Johann Hari suggests that much of what we  have learned about addiction may not be the whole story.  He suggests that the root cause of addiction is a…

Trauma and the Brain: Understanding Abuse Survivors Responses (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

Trauma and the Brain: Understanding Abuse Survivors Responses (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

The science is becoming more and more clear…..trauma impacts our health in significant ways, increasing the risk of everything from weight to addiction, especially when those traumas are experienced during childhood.  Watch this 9-minute video that explains the science of what happens to the brain in response to traumatic experiences.

Why Do Our Brains Get Addicted Dr. Nora Volkow video posted by Mike Orrill)

Why Do Our Brains Get Addicted Dr. Nora Volkow video posted by Mike Orrill)

Not too many years ago, addiction was seen as a sin, or a moral failing, or a character flaw, and, therefore, the emphasis was on punishment.  Science is now showing us a much different picture of addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, with the emphasis on treatment, just like we do for other chronic diseases.  Watch this 6 1/2…

Gender: The Space Between (video posted by Mike Orrill)

Gender: The Space Between (video posted by Mike Orrill)

Transgender, Non-binary, Genderqueer, Gender Fluid……these and many other terms are used to describe different gender identities.  But it confusing.  What do they mean?  Our society has made a lot of progress in understanding gender identity, but we still have a long way to go in creating equitable and welcoming communities.  This excellent 30 minute documentary on the meaning of gender…