Morning Roundup: Sept. 6, 2019

By The Fix staff 09/06/19

Johns Hopkins opens center for psychedelic research. Brad Pitt talks AA and curbing drinking. Is there such a thing as a "functioning alcoholic"?

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"[AA] was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself." ID 12842311 © Denis Makarenko |

New York Inmates Sue Over Prison Crackdown on Painkillers [NBC New York]
Over a dozen inmates have sued the New York prison system for limiting access to painkiller medication in an effort to crack down on prescription drug abuse. 

Brad Pitt Talks Sobriety, Alcoholics Anonymous: 'I Removed My Drinking Privileges' [USA Today]
"I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges," said actor Brad Pitt in a new interview. Pitt shared his experience attending AA meetings, and how they helped him.

Are Chronic Illness and Trauma Related? Here's What You Need to Know [Yahoo]
The connection between trauma and illness. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, lupus, IBS and fibromyalgia have been "directly linked" to trauma, toxic stress and PTSD. 

Making Kids More Resilient as Children Can Help Prevent Issues Like Substance Abuse Down the Road [WDBJ 7]
Building a child's resilience can better prepare them for future hardships, and how they respond to them. Supporting children and teaching them problem-solving skills can help make a difference in a child's life.

A 12-Step Program That Has Helped Patients Transform [Psychology Today]
The benefits of attending ACoA, the "important but lesser-known cousin of Alcoholics Anonymous." Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings are a helpful resource for people who were raised in dysfunctional homes.

Perspective: There's No Such Thing as a 'Functioning Alcoholic' [QZ]
"At its core, addiction is inherently functional." This writer convinced himself that heroin was helping his performance at work, but he quickly realized that he was not truly "functioning" at all. 

Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research [NY Times]
Johns Hopkins Medicine has launched the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, to study compounds like LSD and psilocybin in the context of mental health conditions like anorexia, addiction and depression.

Opinion: Who Is Really Behind a Proposed New Definition of Pain? [STAT News]
This writer, a chronic pain patient, analyzes the proposed new definition of pain, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Should the definition change? What are the implications of this?

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