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May 13, 2020

Why It’s So Hard to Stop Drinking (S2, E3 | The Soul’s Work Podcast)

Why It’s So Hard to Stop Drinking (S2, E3 | The Soul’s Work Podcast)

Why can't we just stop at one? A common belief is that if people dependent on substances just "tried harder," they could gain some control over their addictions. But the neuroscience shows why the path to recovery is so much more complex.


In this episode, Janice explains how a person’s brain becomes addicted to alcohol (or other addictive drugs), and how there’s actually a rational explanation for the seemingly irrational behaviour of people who become dependent on drugs. She also gives an update on her current journey exploring her relationship with alcohol, and the pros and cons of going AF (alcohol free) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Reflection questions:

  1. What has been your understanding of drug addiction? Where do you think these ideas come from? How did they get introduced to you?
  2. If you have been dependent on alcohol or other addictive drugs, does understanding more about the addicted brain shed light on some of the often seemingly irrational behaviours you’ve expressed?

Lots of love and self-love x
Janice