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What is addiction?
- Author: Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS,
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I am currently busy with doctoral study (DBA) and my special interest in a series of 5 (short) theses leading up to a final thesis is on gambling and in particular, the casino industry. More particularly as a strategist, my focus is on casinos becoming Customer Centric and put into practice the Jobs-to-be-Done Theory (Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School), and the Ethics consideration that apply. It appears the casinos are “in the business of” luring customers to gamble and to get them to a state of cognitive distortion as quickly as possible (early wins) and then to retain them as high-value customers, in the state of cognitive distortion to extract from them as much money as they can. I’m interested to access research conducted at Harvard on this, so if you have any suggestions, I’d like to hear from you.
Hi Howard! I have to read this very carefully because it is really interesting and helpful. I have to agree with what you said that there are many pathways into addiction and many routes to recovery. I’ve seen people who recovered mostly because they are willing (will power is a very important factor to recovery) to get out of addiction. Thanks for sharing this one 🙂
Worlds 3rd most common addiction is Marijuana after Nicotine & Alcohol . Although people use it for recreational purpose- it has many destructing effects on human body like disruption of cognitive functions, reducing individual IQ level upto 6, bad impact on study (also passive smokers) and so many on. But after stopping use these altered function restore within short period of time (roughly about 27 days).
The main part of recovery is restoration of brain function. THC (main ingredient of cannabis) can acts by binding with cannabinoid receptors which present in certain area of your brain. Following exposure, it start to decrease your memory and learning function (Hippocampus) and inability of fine movement activities (Cerebellum). After quitting weed, you will be able to gain sharp memory and skillful activities in daily work.
Speaking from my podium as an exercise and sport psychologist, I question when the medical field will establish physical activity as an equally addictive behavior that answers the call for sensation seeking and self-medication, creates the feel good and feel better responses, and promotes positive social relationships. If we could see a major medical research institution invest heavily in exploring the field of positive addictions, ie. exercise, physical activity, prayer, meditation, and the like, we could proceed with new and effective interventions immediately. What are we waiting for?
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