There was breakthrough in addiction understanding and treatment in 1986 when Dr. J. K. Phelp’s published The Hidden Addiction.  Phelp’s research stated that underlying all addiction was a genetic flaw in how certain people’s bodies processed carbohydrates.

Dr. Phelps explains that addiction does not result primarily from emotional stress, lack of willpower, or some other psychological factor. It is a concrete physiological condition that can be addressed by modifying your sugar and white flour consumption, for example.   In fact, the Milam Recovery Center, now named Lakeside/Milam, was founded on this theory and the accompanying “treatment”  model that combined dietary advice with AA/NA meetings plus personal counseling

One recent reviewer wrote: “Dr. Phelps makes such a brilliant and provocative case for the biochemistry of addiction…It removes the stigma of alcoholism etc. and brings the issue down to understanding your biochemistry and managing it appropriately.”

Ever since publication, Dr. Phelp’s study and assertions have been the object of alternate praise and derision.   The feature story in the latest Addiction/Recovery e-Bulletin strikes an interesting balance despite the headline:  You Can’t Actually Be Addicted to Sugar.

Thinking of sugar as something you can’t quit can make you feel out of control around it; thinking of it as something you like eating sometimes makes it feel like more of a choice. Of course, the same can be said of cocaine, marijuana or other chemicals used to alter consciousness for recreational purposes.

Which brings us to the lifesaving tactic in NYC of warning people that their cocaine or methamphetamine could also contain Fentanyl.

The Addiction/Recovery e-Bulletin covers this campaign by New York to reduce deaths by a widespread harm-reduction information campaign carried out in bars where the customers most likely also indulge in coke and meth.

If you want to stop all recreational drug use, the latest science-based treatment for addiction looks like an MP3 player. The full story is in a new NETFLIX documentary that starts streaming May 8th, but there is enough info in the e-Bulletin to get you excited about this potential “cure” for addiction.

Invented by the late Scottish surgeon Dr Meg Patterson after her experiences with opium addicts at a charity hospital in Hong Kong, the technique uses electrodes to send low-voltage electrical pulses into the brain. It has been hailed as a miracle cure by rock stars including Eric Clapton and Keith Richard, who both credited it with their recovery from addiction.

Those stories alone would make the A/R e-B worth every penny you don’t spend on it (it’s free!), but that’s only the warm up for the full gamut of stories in the latest Bulletin.  former NBA stars who sell weed, celebrities who stopped drinking, millions of Americans who increased their drinking, idiot politicians endorse new ways to NOT save addicts’ lives plus many more stories exploring the vast diversity of experiences, research and recovery in the world of Addiction/Recovery. 

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