This week Sean and his new co-host Joey Avalos discuss “Healthy Addiction.” Can an addiction really be healthy? Plus music from Deep Elm recording artists The Sky Life and The Dandelion War.


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Show Notes:


Sponsors: Deep Elm Records and Charming Beard Coffee

Co-host: Joey Avalos



Music Break 1:

THE SKY LIFE, “Granville” from the album “Canvas”



“Healthy Addiction?”


Relapse or Recovery? Neuroimaging Predicts Course of Substance Addiction Treatment


A Radical New Definition of Addiction Creates a Big Storm

Indeed, the new neurologically focused definition debunks, in whole or in part, a host of common conceptions about addiction. Addiction, the statement declares, is a “bio-psycho-socio-spiritual” illness characterized by (a) damaged decision-making (affecting learning, perception, and judgment) and by (b) persistent risk and/or recurrence of relapse; the unambiguous implications are that (a) addicts have no control over their addictive behaviors and (b) total abstinence is, for some addicts, an unrealistic goal of effective treatment.

The bad behaviors themselves are all symptoms of addiction, not the disease itself. “The state of addiction is not the same as the state of intoxication,” the ASAM takes pains to point out. Far from being evidence of a failure of will or morality, the behaviors are the addict’s attempt to resolve the general “dysfunctional emotional state” that develops in tandem with the disease. In other words, conscious choice plays little or no role in the actual state of addiction; as a result, a person cannot choose not to be addicted. The most an addict can do is choose not to use the substance or engage in the behavior that reinforces the entire self-destructive reward-circuitry loop.

Definitions of Addiction:



the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

2) World English Dictionary


the condition of being abnormally dependent on some habit, esp compulsive dependency on narcotic drugs

3) Medical Dictionary


Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control

4) Science Dictionary


1. A physical or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, such as a drug or alcohol. In physical addiction, the body adapts to the substance being used and gradually requires increased amounts to reproduce the effects originally produced by smaller doses. See more at withdrawal.

2. A habitual or compulsive involvement in an activity, such as gambling.


Music Break 2:

THE DANDELION WAR, “Drifters” from the album We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes


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