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5 TED Talks to Help You Understand Your Addiction

Monday, 13 March 2017 14:46  by Casey A.

Gaining a better understanding of your alcohol addiction is as simple as watching a few videos.

Talking about alcohol addiction is tough, but truly understanding addiction may be an even taller order. One of the best ways to educate oneself on difficult topics is to watch TED Talks, which are short educational videos that each feature an expert in the subject area. If you’re having trouble understanding alcohol addiction, there are several addiction TED Talks that are worth watching and which can serve as excellent resources for the science of addiction.

Here is a list of notable addiction TED Talks:

The Power of Vulnerability

Speaking from Houston, Texas in June 2010, Brene Brown, PhD, discusses how the forces of shame, vulnerability and fear of disconnection may factor into a woman’s reason to turn to alcohol. Shame in particular, she explains, is a very powerful force.

Many people incorrectly believe that addiction and alcoholism are conditions isolated from outside or more complicating causes. This may create the unfair expectation that a woman could simply just walk away from her alcohol addiction if she chose. This sort of thinking is both dangerous and unfair.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Speaking from San Francisco, California in September 2014, Nadine Burke Harris spoke about how childhood trauma can influence current and future behaviors and health issues, including substance abuse. Her expressed goal is for viewers to better understand addiction, because there are “real neurologic reasons why folks exposed to high doses of adversity are more likely to engage in high-risk behavior.”

Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

Speaking from London, England in June 2015, Johann Hari focuses on the solutions to addiction rather than just the causes. He explains why the social stigma associated with addiction causes people to shy away from addressing it properly on a societal level, but emphasizes the importance of bucking that trend.

Understanding drug addiction is quickly becoming one of the greatest threats to public health in America today.

The Brain in Love

Speaking from Monterey, California in February 2008, Helen Fisher explains the similarities between how our brain reacts to love and how it reacts to drugs and alcohol. Understanding the euphoria that sometimes drives addiction can help you better understand why people would abuse substances, despite knowing how harmful they can be.

The Surprising Science of Happiness

Dan Gilbert, speaking from Monterey, California in February 2004, explains that happiness isn’t something we just find — rather, it’s something we need to consciously derive from life experiences and moments. This is an excellent video for women who may feel lost, or as though they may never be able to find happiness.

Understanding Addiction and Taking Action

To take the next step in understanding overcoming your drug or alcohol addiction, consider seeking professional help. Brookhaven Retreat features unique, women-only therapy programs for alcohol addiction and any co-occurring mental health issues. There is no shame in asking for help.

Our facility is a voluntary residential program for women that can teach you the tools you need to reclaim your life. If you believe you or your loved one are suffering from the effects of alcohol or drug addiction, today is the day to talk action. Call us today and start moving toward your goal of lasting health and happiness.

Last modified on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:58

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