Addiction Recovery Weekly Roundup – February 1st Week

1. Psychiatric Disorders Share Common Neural Circuit, Emotion Processing Dysfunction

A common pattern of aberrant brain activation during emotional processing may contribute to the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders, according to a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. (


2. Higher opioid doses fail to lessen pain

Increasing chronic pain patients’ opioid prescription doses does not seem to improve pain, according to a Veterans Affairs study. (


3. After Hitting ‘Rock Bottom,’ Some Addicts And Alcoholics Find A Road To Recovery

Fred Muench was mired in a heroin addiction on and off for seven years before he entered recovery, eventually earning a doctorate in psychology. Now, president of the Center on Addiction, a New York-based nonprofit group, he says that creating goals helped him shift his mind-set away from the constant yearning for short-term pleasure.(

4. Is that all you get for being sober for years? A plastic keyring?

knew there was only one thing left to do to see Alex. I needed to track him down to a 12-step meeting in Notting Hill. And there are many to choose from; without Simon’s inside knowledge it would have been like finding a needle in a haystack. (


5. A Widow, Not A Wife: ‘Smacked’ Explores An Ex-Husband’s Secret Addiction

Writer Eilene Zimmerman and her ex-husband Peter had been separated for several years when Peter, a wealthy, high-powered attorney, began acting erratically. Days would go by and Zimmerman would hear nothing from him. (

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