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5 Lessons Addicts Can Learn from Weight Watchers


The 22 million Americans addicted to drugs aren’t as “different” as they may think. Added to their ranks are nearly 150 million obese or overweight Americans who are compelled to eat in much the same way addicts are driven to get high.

Although it has taken awhile for science to catch up with human experience, we have learned that certain foods affect the brain in similar ways as drugs like cocaine and nicotine. In a study by Yale researchers, just looking at a milkshake lit up the same areas of the brain that become hyperactive when an addict sees cocaine.

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  • July 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

    This article would have been better if it had not focused so much on AA. In the area on one size does not fit all would have been a good place to talk about the many other support groups available to people besides AA such as LifeRing, SOS, Women for Sobriety, Celebrate Recovery, SMART recovery, etc.

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  • July 4, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I am an alcoholic and I am a 45 year old male, so I am getting fat.
    It was easier to quit drinking than it has been to lose weight.
    After all, one beer can possibly set off a pretty ugly chain reaction but one bowl of ice cream. That can’t hurt a person, can it?

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    • July 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Yes – one bowl of ice cream CAN be that bad. I have battled weight issues for 35 years, gaining 50 lbs in 3 months after my daughter was diagnosed at 4 months with some serious disabilities. I ate for the comfort, just as surely as someone wuold use alcohol or drugs. Today, after years of “working on recovery” I am starting to get a grip on trigger foods – ice cream could be one of them. I don’t know if it would cause relapse, but I’m not sure I want to research it anymore.

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