Improve Internet Gaming Disorder with Mindfulness

Improve Internet Gaming Disorder with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “The conclusion to draw here is that though substances like cocaine are very effective at triggering changes in the brain that lead to addictive behavior and urges, they are not the only possible triggers: just about any deeply pleasurable activity — […]

MORE Mindfulness for Stopping Smoking

MORE Mindfulness for Stopping Smoking   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “I liken it to having weeds in your garden. Standard treatments—for example, avoiding triggers such as ashtrays and lighters or using substitutes such as eating carrot sticks and chewing on your pen—just pull the heads off the weeds, so they grow back. […]

Improve Substance Abuse Treatment with Mindfulness

Improve Substance Abuse Treatment with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “It is most often the mind’s interpretation of a stressful life event, not the event itself, that creates the urgent need to get instant relief and leads to substance use or other unwanted behaviors. Mindfulness practices provide a break from stress, […]