addiction

10/04/2022

Michael’s 44th Sober Anniversary, and an Update

My good friend Michael (Mike) Scott from Perth, Western Australia, last had a drink of alcohol 44 years (16,060 days) ago today. This morning, I’m going to celebrate his achievement with a blog post. Mike first contacted me about our Daily Dose website back in 2002 when I […]
06/01/2022

‘Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen’ by Johann Hari

I read a fascinating article in The Guardian by Johann Hari about an increasing and worrying problem that exists in much of society today. Our ability to concentrate and attend to matters is being eroded by certain facets of everyday life. This erosion of people’s attention will lead […]
30/09/2021

Factors Facilitating Addiction Recovery: A Summary

Some of you will know that I run two other websites, one of which, Recovery Stories, focuses on addiction and mental health recovery. Over the period from March to August I posted about 100 articles on my blog, but had to stop for a time while I was […]
26/04/2021

‘Addiction is a Medical Disorder’ No Way!

In a recent Healing blog post, I described how I spent the first 25 years of my career as a neuroscientist studying brain function. After working in Sweden and the USA, I returned to the UK to set up my own neuroscience laboratory in the Department of Psychology, […]
15/04/2021

Brain Chemicals to Human Connection

Here is a blog that I posted on one of my other websites, Recovery Stories, the first part of a summarised description of my professional career from neuroscientist to addiction recovery advocate to working in the field of healing intergenerational trauma. This part focuses on my transition from […]
22/03/2021

Recovery Stories

I’ve recently spent a good amount of time working on my Recovery Stories website, in preparation for the publishing of my new eBook Our Recovery Stories: Journeys from Drug and Alcohol Addiction on 9th April 2021. I first launched the Recovery Stories website in May 2013, with the aim […]
11/03/2021

Addiction Recovery

In my last blog post, I wrote about one of the key factors underlying recovery from addiction—hope. The section was taken from my forthcoming new eBook, Our Recovery Stories: Journeys from Drug and Alcohol Addiction. But what is recovery from addiction? Here is a section from my book which […]
02/03/2021

Hope

Late this month, I will release my new eBook, Our Recovery Stories: Journeys from Drug and Alcohol Addiction. The book tells the stories of 15 people who have overcome problems associated with drugs and alcohol. Some of the stories are about family members of a person with a […]
22/10/2019

Why I Do What I Do: My 100th Blog

This is the 100th blog I personally have written and posted on The Carrolup Story. You can peruse the Story and Healing blogs I have written since John and I launched the website in November 2018. I thought I’d celebrate my ‘100’ by describing how I came to […]
13/09/2019

The Four Stages of Recovery

I was looking through one of my other websites, Recovery Stories, yesterday. I came across a blog I posted in 2014 about an article on recovery from mental health problems by Mark Ragins. That blog is as pertinent today, so here it is: Mark is a leading recovery figure […]
08/08/2019

The Healing Power of Healthy Relationships

I have previously emphasised the importance of healthy relationships for wellbeing, and for the healing of trauma and its consequences, in blogs focused on thoughts from Bessel van der Kolk and Bruce Perry. Here are further thoughts from the former of these world-leading experts, taken from his seminal book […]
01/08/2019

Untangling the Elements Involved in Addiction Treatment

Here is an article I wrote for my Recovery Stories website some years ago, which summarised a piece of research done in collaboration with Lucie James, one of my favourite pieces of research in which I have been involved. The research was conducted 12 years ago when I […]
03/07/2019

Our Strange Indifference to Aboriginal Addiction: Gabor Maté

One of the most impressive people working in the addiction field is Gabor Maté. I introduced Gabor in one of my initial Healing Blog postings, Addiction and Psychological Pain. Here is a blog that Gabor wrote in 2008 about native peoples in Canada that I think is well […]
21/02/2019

Factors That Facilitate Recovery From Addiction

Here’s an article I wrote for my Recovery Stories website almost six years ago. The factors facilitating recovery from addiction described here are also important for helping people recover (heal) from mental health problems and traumatic experiences. I hope you found the article of value: ‘There are a […]
09/01/2019

A Journey Toward Recovery: From the Inside Out

Some of you will know that I have worked in the addiction and mental health field for over 40 years, spending the first 25 years as a neuroscientist working on the brain neurotransmitter dopamine. I eventually closed my laboratory because I: (1) stopped believing in disease models of […]
17/11/2018

Addiction and Psychological Pain

During the many years I spent working in the addiction and mental health field, first as a neuroscientist and later helping empower people to facilitate their recovery (healing), I rarely heard the word ‘trauma’ being used. I would often visit addiction treatment services in the UK and very […]
09/11/2018

Historical Trauma

Historical, sometimes called transgenerational or intergenerational, trauma amongst Indigenous peoples is the trauma that has arisen as a result of the historical experiences of colonisation (and associated violence and control), forcible removal of children, and loss of culture. As it was not addressed at the time, this trauma […]
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