Dr. Sack talked to WGN-TV in Chicago about dealing with addictions during the holidays. The segment covered four components:
- Knowing the line between over indulging and mental illness
- Warning signs that friend and relatives should watch out for
- What loved ones can do for an addict who refuses to get help
- How do you get someone to change their ways if there is a genetic issue?
Watch the interview below
Dr. Sack is featured in a five articles on Yahoo! Voices in a series of articles regarding super morbidly obese individuals and their enablers.
The first article titled, “Why Do Spouses of Bedridden Obese Overfeed Them?” Dr. Sack explains that the person who enables the addict, wants to show their unconditional love and acceptance for the obese individual. Many of these enablers believe that “providing ‘help’ gives them some sense of control in an unmanageable situation.”
The second article titled, “How Do Bedridden Obese Manipulate Their Enabler?” Dr. Sack discusses that “changes in the chemistry of the brain can cause people struggling with food addiction to manipulate others if that’s what it takes to get more of their drug (food). If the enabler tries to stop enabling, the food addict may use a number of strategies to elicit compliance and may use threats, guilt and heartbreaking pleas that are extremely persuasive, especially when used against someone who is codependent.” (more…)
Dr. Sack is featured in the November issue of SHAPE Magazine. In “Smashed,” Dr. Sack talks about binge drinking among women and the science behind alcohol consumption. Dr. Sack explains how judgment becomes impaired, stating “Women who binge drink eventually become less able to pick up on the cues that signal danger, making them more likely to take risks.”
In “Caffeine Concerns: How Much is Too Much?” Dr. Sack discusses how consuming too much caffeine can lead to caffeine dependence. Dr. Sack explains that “there is no set amount of caffeine that will definitively cause dependence.” He also attributes chronic sleep deprivation to caffeine’s popularity. Additionally, Dr. Sack notes, “We are a sleep-deprived nation trying to caffeinate our problem away rather than change our lifestyles.” Read the full article here.
In an article titled, “Sugar Is a “Drug” and Here’s How We’re Hooked” on Healthline.com Dr. Sack discusses how sugar works like many addictive drugs and that the “prevalence and promotion of sugary foods and beverages, coupled with how it affects our brains, make addiction an issue.” Dr. Sack also talks about how not enough parents are educating their children about healthy nutrition, and that the parents may be reinforcing bad eating habits. Dr. Sack also states that “the biggest problem we’ve seen is that parents who are overweight or obese themselves feed these food to their kids and don’t see it as abnormal.” Read the full article here.
In the interview, Dr. Sack talks about how many athletes can be vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction due to a number of reasons such as how it’s hard to adjust to normal life when involved in such intense games and matches and how many athletes struggle when they are not around their families for long periods of time and have no support.
He also talks about how injuries are a huge factor because athletes can become addicted to pain medications which can ultimately spin out of control. Dr. Sack mentions how sports organizations have a responsibility to educate the younger athletes about the risks and offer early intervention and treatment for those who are struggling. Listen to the interview here.
In an article on SheKnows.com that discusses the notion that people who have a positive outlook on life attract more attention and have a better relationship/sex life Dr. Sack explains that, “humans have evolved to be attracted to partners who are likely to improve our odds of survival.” Additionally, he discusses that research has focused on our preference for traits that signal physical health, but it also means finding a partner that is emotionally and mentally healthy. Dr. Sack also adds that “too much stress can lead to premature aging, heart disease and a number of health problems that could interfere with our biological directive to propagate the species.” Read the full article here.
Dr. Sack is currently featured in the September Issue of SHAPE in an article titled, “‘Harmless’ Addictions?” The piece discusses how activities such as shopping, tanning, and exercise have the potential to become just as addictive and destructive as drugs and alcohol. Dr. Sack is quoted in the opening paragraph discussing how “for the brain, pleasure is pleasure” and how it can come from a substance or any enjoyable activity. Dr. Sack also talks about how genes, family upbringing, and underlying mental health issues all increase a person’s risk of getting hooked- as well as gender, stating “while men are more susceptible to substance abuse, women are more apt to become addicted to a behavior.” (more…)
As guest host of “Piers Morgan Live,” actor and recovering addict Matthew Perry talked about his personal struggles with alcohol and drugs with Promises’ CEO Dr. David Sack. Perry and Dr. Sack discussed the tragic death of Cory Monteith and the rise of heroin overdoses and prescription drug abuse. Watch the clip for all of Perry’s conversation with Dr. Sack and learn more about drug courts and the valuable alternative they provide to the penal system.
Bill O’Reilly poses the question: do we have a more lax attitude toward drugs and does the media glamorize drug use? Watch Dr. Sack respond: