Tue, 21 August 2018
Addiction expert and former alcoholic Dr. Paul Thomas is presenting meaningful strategies to kick addictions for good in this hour long chat.
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02:02 Dr. Thomas is an alcoholic in recovery for 15 years.
06:00 Many adolescent patients with ADD, ADHD, anxiety or depression tend to self-medicate, so Dr. Thomas started an addiction clinic.
06:28 Teens do not need to be put on long-term medication.
08:48 Addicted teens and young adults have difficulty with 12 step programs.
13:26 Addiction is a spectrum. You can move yourself to safety by doing certain things.
15:50 Little or random use of marijuana triggers schizophrenia, psychotic behavior or paranoia for some of us.
16:22 Those of us who drink heavily and do not detox can trash their bodies to the point of death in 3 to 5 years.
16:34 People who use meth age decades in just years.
18:48 Dr. Thomas prefers to treat with natural treatments.
19:41 About 1/3 to ½ of Dr. Thomas’ patients who are meth or heroin addicts are former ADD/ADHD kids. Many were never treated.
22:30 Screen addiction: You receive constant fight/flight triggers from your screens. It’s frying our brains.
27:19 We trade addictions.
32:11 It took 5 years for Dr. Thomas to be around alcohol without it bothering him.
35:41 Support systems are important to sobriety and maintaining sobriety long-term. Dr. Thomas still goes to meetings.
38:08 Treatment saves lives. The addict must want sobriety.
43:01 A ketogenic diet normalizes the GABA to glutamate ratio and lessens cravings.
51:26 The book Knowing How by Julie Valenti contains 20 concepts for rewiring your brain to new pathways, releasing you from old maladaptive pathways.
54:03 Alcohol is an addictive poison.
55:55 There are 115 deaths per day from opiate overdose. We have no solution.
57:44 Dr. Thomas has a 13 point plan in his book.
01:02:22 Dr. Thomas’ desert island nutrient for addiction is vitamin D.
01:04:07 Dr. Thomas’ recommended morning routine for addicts is to stay off cell phone and email. Drink a tall glass of water and meditate.
01:08:25 Dr. Thomas’ strategy for approaching an addict is to share his story.