Science Report: Why Risky Rats

I am currently loving the place I find myself in recovery, safely cocooned between two beliefs:  faith and science.  Of course science, by definition, is supposed to be more than faith, but time and time again we find research that negates other research, so how are we supposed to believe that?  Well, faith, I guess.  I know my issues are far more than behavioral, social flaws.  But even when ‘the program’ allows for the disease model of addiction, some people insist it’s all a matter of faith.  Or of just not picking up that drink.  I’ve come to believe that.  But only because I have removed my ability to get high or drunk.  Literally.  No cash, no credit cards, full transparency with my loved one.  Otherwise, until my brain reprograms itself with the help of time, behavior modification, and chemistry (medication), I would likely still be taking risks even when I desperately don’t want to.  A great read.

Risky Rats Help Shine Light on Brain Circuitry Behind Taking a Chance

When people make risky decisions, like doubling down in blackjack or investing in volatile stocks, what happens in the brain? Scientists have long tried to understand what makes some people risk-averse and others risk-taking. Answers could have implications for how to treat, curb or prevent destructively risky behavior, like pathological gambling or drug addiction.

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