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Addictions & Answers_ Can We Trade One Addiction for Another

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Addictions & Answers: Can wetrade one addiction foranother?
ADDICTIONS & ANSWERSFriday, September 17th 2010, 4:00 AM
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BILL:
A hot new autobiography byJerry Hall, ex-wife of Rolling Stones'Mick Jagge, says the rock star’s first addiction was to gambling. His love of poker was so intense that helost the family home.
DR. DAVE
: Bill, that’s news to me. Mostly what I ever heard about him was his relentlesspursuit of women.
BILL:
According to Hall's book,"My Life In Pictures", Jagger’s gambling led to a suicideattempt, but he "succeeded only in breaking almost every bone in his body and losing akidney. That left Mama with five children to raise, no home and a husband destined tospend a long time in hospital."
DR. DAVE:
That's when she says he tried to substitute an addiction to sex for drugs andthe card table?
BILL:
The Jaggers split in 1990 after modelLuciana Giminezannounced that she waspregnant with Mick's baby. You know, Dave, something in me understands what Jagger was trying to do. When I got out of rehab, I substituted chocolate for gin, gaining 50pounds before I let myself realize what was happening.
DR. DAVE:
But when you did, you cut out the chocolate and lost the 50 pounds right back.You may've been self-indulgent. You were not addicted.
BILL:
Can you become addicted to something positive, like playing chess, maybevolunteering for theRed Crossor even going to the gym?
DR. DAVE:
An eminent psychologist,William Glasser , did some very good research onexactly that – on what addict's seek in their drug of choice.
BILL:
And found ways of getting there that were "positive" and not self-destructive?
DR. DAVE
: That’s the name of Glasser’s 1976 book—Positive Addiction. One blogger captured Glasser's theme very well: when you reach the PA state, your mind drifts,wandering effortlessly from random thought to observation to idea. This "free spinning"state is creative and relaxed, unforced, and difficult to intentionally maintain.
BILL
: In my day, I did a lot of "free spinning" in the White Horse bar and the San Remotoo. I ended up drinking my way into two hospitals in ten days. Hard for me to see any of that as a Positive Addiction.
DR. DAVE
: The two PA processes that Glasser found are now embedded in popular health culture. The first is running, and surely everyone knows by now that a runner’shigh is caused by the flood of endorphins into the brain.
BILL
: Does Glaser’s second PA path require hours of exercise as well?
DR. DAVE
: That brings us to what was once thought to be merely the frou-frou of Maharishi Yogi and the antic remnants of theBerkeleyflower children.
BILL
: You’re speaking of the art of Meditation found in Yoga, Tai Chi and TranscendentalMeditation, right? I seem to remember that the Scripps cardiac, cancer and pulmonaryphysicians were starting to use those ideas as part of their post-operative recoveryprograms.
DR. DAVE
: Meditation (more commonly called "Mindfulness" in the medical world), isindeed a Positive Addiction.
BILL:
A proven medical practice, and actually prescribed by doctors and surgeons whoprobably never sat in a Lotus position chanting “Ommmm” in their life?
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 [Discussion guidelines]3:18:32 PMSep 17, 2010Report Offensive PostOh yes indeed such a thing! How bout reading? ALWAYS telling thetruth! Volunteer/charity work? Serving ur GOD! Respecting ur "earthly"home (planet EARTH) and ALL its inhabitants. L-O-V-E!! Eating2live,NOT living2 eat! There's so many, but my favorite islaughter/happiness!10:01:23 PMSep 20, 2010Report Offensive PostBill, Dave - are you guys brain-damaged? It was Jerry Hall's father, not**** Jagger, who had a gambling problem and attempted suicide.Idiots.10:04:15 PMSep 20, 2010Report Offensive PostAnd M-i-c-k is censored? Someone put LSD in the water coolers atthe Daily News.
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DR. DAVE
: InLa Jolla, Ca., right down the street from the Scripps, is what is often seenas the national center for Mindfulness.
BILL
: The one led byDepak Chopra?
DR.DAVE
: Exactly right, Bill. In fact, anyone reading us right now can click [here ] for Depak's four-minute introduction to Mindfulness.
BILL:
Which leads back to Mick Jagger and his many addictions, as chronicled by JerryHall. Certainly our readers must wonder, as they see 67 year-old Mick prancing acrossthe stage on his world tour, how he ever got through the gambling, women, and sexualaddiction that Hall's picture of his life conjures up.
DR. DAVE
: Not when you learn that his search for personal recovery led him to be one of the most ardent practitioners of Transcendental Meditation. Someone Depak, theMaharishi and others point to as leading a Mindfulness life.
BILL
: So it is medically true-- addiction can be positive?
DR. DAVE
: ProvingShakespeareright once again. There are more things in heaven andearth, Bill, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Dr. David Mooreis a licensed psychologist and chemical dependency professional who isa graduate school faculty member at Argosy University’sSeattleCampus. Bill Manville isa Book of the Month novelist; his most recent non-fiction work, "Cool, Hip & Sober", isavailable at online bookstores. He teaches " Writing To Get Published " for Temple University .
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