For Lessons in Recovery, Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Therapists who treat addiction and co-occurring mental conditions have many weapons in their arsenal: psychotherapy, 12-step strategies, experiential exercises, education, medications and perhaps one more: Mother Nature. In a novel experiment, researchers at Stanford University in California randomly assigned 38 people to take a 90-minute walk in either a natural or urban setting, then assessed…

Meth, Amphetamine Addiction Greatly Increases Risk for Parkinson’s Disease

According to new research published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a pattern of methamphetamine or amphetamine abuse/addiction can seriously increase the risks for the onset of Parkinson’s disease, an incurable, degenerative neurological disorder that ultimately produces debilitating changes in the ability to control muscle movement. Amphetamine and methamphetamine are two powerful, chemically-related stimulant…

Skipping Your Way to Sobriety

“Skip, skip, skip to my Lou. Skip to my Lou, my darling.” This song evokes my childhood. I remember dancing to its lively tune. Most children skip spontaneously and without abandon. But then they’re told — explicitly or otherwise — to grow up, settle down and curb their enthusiasm. Kids lose a bit of their…