Recent Highlights from LifeRingInfoColorado

LifeRingInfoColorado is the Google group for information and announcements for the LifeRing Colorado community.  It has lots of great content.  Such as:


  • Very interesting article on new alcohol research in the Journal of Neuroscience.
    When D1 dopamine receptors are activated/excited by alcohol, they make you want MORE alcohol. Over time, alcohol exposure causes them to develop longer branching, more mature mushroom-shaped spines —the type that stores long-term memories. This has important implications for memory and learning in drug addiction.“… determined by studying animals that alcohol actually changes the physical structure of medium spiny neurons, the main type of cell in the striatum.”Booze Makes these Neurons Crave More Booze GOOD NEWS? “…when those same animal models were given a drug to at least partially block the D1 receptor, they showed much-reduced desire to drink alcohol… Perhaps in the future, researchers can use these findings to develop a specific treatment targeting these neurons.”
  •  Gretchen Rubin’s blog on the Pursuit of Happiness and Good Habits. Put her advice in the category of “If you name a thing, you minimize its power.” Got other loopholes in you pledges to recover? Concern for Others LoopholeOther people’s feelings will be hurt if I don’t partake.At a business dinner, if everyone is drinking, it would seem weird if I didn’t drink. (Somewhat to my surprise, this loophole comes up a lot with drinking. Teenagers aren’t the only ones to feel peer pressure to drink, it seems.)For some people, this loophole is a major challenge. Relationships are a key to happiness, and if a particular habit makes you feel very awkward about being out of sync in a social situation, or you worry that you’re hurting other people’s feelings or making them feel uncomfortable, this is a real factor in the formation of a habit.By identifying the loophole, you can identify possible solutions. “Everyone else is drinking, so I’ll order a sparkling water, and no one will know what’s in my glass.” “Everyone else is ordering a drink, so I’ll order a glass of wine, but I won’t drink it, I’ll just leave it on the table.” “My grandmother gets upset if I don’t take seconds, so I’ll take a very small portion the first time, so she sees me go back for more.” “I’ll talk to my partner about whether this new habit is actually inconvenient, and if so, how we can work out a schedule that works for both of us.”Sidenote: when you’re forming a new habit that feels awkward to others, give them time to adjust. Any change feels awkward at first. But if you keep starting and stopping, no gets used to a new pattern. For instance, a friend wanted to go for a run on weekend mornings, but her family complained that she wasn’t around to get the day started — so she immediately stopped. She started again, and stuck to it, and after the first few weekends went by, everyone got used to starting the day on their own.Is this a loophole that you invoke? In what situations? I love studying loopholes! They’re so ingenious.



  • Squirrel Logic, the addiction app!  It can even automatically text your support circle when you’re in danger.  Personally, I think it should be tied to a fitness band that shocks you when…


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