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Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

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IX

Dependency Starts … and Ends … in Your Brain

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

—Norman Vincent Peale

What we have learned from medical science studies over the last decade or so is that dependency and unhealthy habits can result from the interaction of two primary factors—your genetics and your environment. Specific genes and various combinations of genes have been identified that make a person more susceptible to toxic compulsions and as a result, can make quitting or controlling those compulsions much more difficult.

In late 2011 the American Society of Addiction Medicine changed its long-held definition of addiction to now call it “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry.” ...

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