Do You Have a Harmless Addiction?

In this HER Radio segment with Dr. Pamela Peeke, Dr. Sack explains that everyday activities that you may find to be therapeutic (like shopping, tanning, or exercising) have the potential to become just as addictive and destructive as drugs and alcohol. Dr. Sack then talks about how your gender, genes, family upbringing, and mental health issues all increase your risk of developing a dependency. He also shares how you can seek proper treatment. Listen to the entire show below:

Dr. Sack in SHAPE Magazine

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…)

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