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The “Use it or lose it” Model

In the context of pruning and the “use it or lose it” model, addiction is like a pathway.  It may start out as a mere amble through the woods, a poorly defined trail, but can end up like a super highway with few exits.  Drugs are the vehicles that drive that road, and every new […]

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The Imax Approach  Part 3

The Imax Approach Part 3

Over the last few weeks I have been rolling out the Imax Approach, the idea that people are always at an Imax, doing the best they can at this moment in time.  This week I will explore the first two domains that influence our Imax, the home and social domains. The Four Domains Your home […]

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The Imax Approach Part 1

The Imax Approach Part 1

Is addiction a disease?  Do the kids I work with at CASTLE have a pathological response to drugs and alcohol?  The disease model of addiction is compelling, and has served its purpose in bringing needed attention of healthcare professions and legislators.  My concern about the model is that it continues to stigmatize my patients, and […]

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The influence of and on epigenetics

The influence of and on epigenetics

On a daily basis I am astonished by the resilience of the kids at CASTLE.  One remarkable story follows another.  Some kids are ready for sobriety, others are in a pre-contemplative state.  One boy overdosed on heroin and needed Narcan to live.  But in his current state of denial he has tried to convince himself […]

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Using Respect as a Key to Sobriety

Using Respect as a Key to Sobriety

Erich Engelhardt and I wrote earlier blogs on the adolescent brain. In this week’s offering we report some startling new data reflecting just how vulnerable this age group truly is to life-long addictions. At some point information like this, we hope, drives policy. A concerted campaign against smoking has resulted in a dramatic decrease in […]