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“ Doctors came to see her singly and in consultation, talked much in French, German, and Latin, blamed one another, and prescribed a great variety of medicines for all the diseases known to them, but the simple idea never occurred to any of them that they could not know the disease Natasha was suffering from, as no disease suffered by a live man can be known, for every living person has his own peculiarities and always has his own peculiar, personal, novel, complicated disease, unknown to medicine. ” - Leo Tolstoy

This chapter aims to cover: What are the main forms of dependency?  Smoking, alcohol, other drugs, junk food, gambling, pornography.  How big a problem is dependency for health & wellbeing?  What are the effective treatments?  Identifying one’s own dependencies & working out a personal response.


Note there are already a number of resources available on this website that are relevant for dependency.  These include the cluster of downloadable questionnaires & handouts available in the "Good Knowledgesection's "Alcohol & food" folder.  There are also a series of blog posts I have written over the years that still contain interesting information about dependenies.  These include "Alcohol: know your limits and increase the price", "The CAGE questionnaire as a screen for alcohol problems", "Organization of teratology information specialists (OTIS)(information on drug/alcohol dangers during pregnancy & breastfeeding), "New NICE guidance on alcohol misuse", "'The demon drink' - social costs and social responses", "Healthy and unhealthy behaviours can be 'infectious'","Does healthy lifestyle really make much difference?" & "Would you like to be 14 years younger - it's largely a matter of choice!".  If you visit any of these links, it's worth noting the date when the post was first published.  It's still likely the information in the post is of interest, but ... especially with those published a few years ago ... there will probably have been subsequent research studies throwing further light on the areas being discussed.


More to follow ...



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