A life in balance is similar to our challenging Addiction/Recovery eBulletin. We always include accurate, evidence based articles with a firm foundation in verified scientific research. These are the stories that people usually ignore if the evidence conflicts with their preconceived ideas. Then we have the all-important fear mongering stories such as "Reading and Thinking Addictions: Can they cost you your ignorance?" We toss these in much as a "movies about movies" film festival might double bill Woody Allen's "Purple Rose of Cairo" with Lamberto Bava's "Demons" because it is what's on the screen that counts.
In the first category this week, we offer scientific evidence that gambling addiction has psychiatric origins. Of course, we know it is really because of demons (not the movie). SIDE BAR FACT: More people believe in demons than believe in germs despite plenty of evidence of germs, and very few verifiable snapshots of demons. Oh, we also have plenty of celebrity stories because it is fun to mock them as if they were not real people, but sacrificial cartoon characters who carry the weight of our negative expectations as if they were SMITH or Side Two of Abbey Road. Before Dennis Miller takes time out of his busy schedule pandering to his Koch addiction, I'll stop sub-referencing and get on to news you can use, and opinions that won't drive you to drink
(Burl Barer is on the Advisory Board of Writers in Treatment and is irresponsible for his own commentary)