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Study Provides More Evidence of Behavioral, Biological Similarities Between Compulsive Overeating and Drug Addiction

Does yo-yo dieting drive compulsive eating? There may be a connection.

According to BUSM researchers the chronic cyclic pattern of overeating followed by undereating, reduces the brain’s ability to feel reward and may drive compulsive eating. This finding suggests that future research into treatment of compulsive eating behavior should focus on rebalancing the mesolimbic dopamine system–the part of the brain responsible for feeling reward or pleasure.

An estimated 15 million people compulsively eat in the U.S. It is a common feature of obesity and eating disorders, most notably, binge eating disorder. People often overeat because it is pleasurable in the short term, but then attempt to compensate by dieting, reducing calorie intake and limiting themselves to “safe”, less palatable food. However, diets often fail, causing frequent “relapse” to overeating of foods high in fat and sugar (palatable foods).

“We are just now beginning to understand the addictive-like properties of food and how repeated overconsumption of high sugar – similar to taking drugs – may affect […]

By |November 27th, 2019|

Redefining Addiction. Reimagining Solutions.

By Paul Earley, MD and Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH

Words matter. When it comes to addiction medicine, stigmatizing language and misunderstood terminology may keep some people from seeking effective care, leave families poorly equipped to support their loved ones, and drive policymakers to make counterproductive, even harmful, policy.

In 2011, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) — the nation’s largest organization representing medical professionals who specialize in addiction prevention and treatment — set out to revise the society’s definition of addiction. This task was not easy given the complexity and stigma surrounding substance use and the term itself. At a time when the public had limited understanding and acceptance of addiction as a chronic brain disease, ASAM’s revised definition focused heavily on brain circuitry.

Over the past decade, however, more families, policymakers, and […]

By |October 30th, 2019|

JLAP Welcomes ABA Young Lawyers to the Big Easy

The ABA Young Lawyers Division presented the 2019 Fall Conference: Your Practice, Your Future, October 3 – 5, 2019 at the Sheraton in New OrleansThis conference brought people together from across the legal community to offer outstanding training on advancing justice.

JLAP’s Executive Director, Buddy Stockwell, spoke on Wellness and Well-Being in the Legal Profession, noting that it will be the Young Lawyers that will change the culture, making the practice of law more healthy.


Donna Nesbit, ABA Director, Operations and Meetings – Early Career Strategy
and Buddy Stockwell, JLAP Executive Director


Christopher L. Brown, J. Logan Murphy & Buddy Stockwell

By |October 7th, 2019|

October 10th is National Law Students’ Mental Health Day

Law is a challenging discipline that involves the ability to analyze, reason, and communicate. The study and practice of law is rigorous and often stressful, however, a law degree can open many doors to a rewarding career in business, practice, government, teaching and public service.

For those law students struggling with issues of depression, anxiety, drug addiction or alcoholism or other mental issues, the JLAP is here to help. We offer a full range of resources and solutions to help you manage your issues in the short and long term. Every service provided through the JLAP is 100% confidential and 100% free.

With Mental Health Day coming up on October 10, JLAP wants to help raise awareness of mental health by helping people realize that seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength.

Visit our Law Students section under our Who We Help tab for many great resources.

By |September 23rd, 2019|

September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help.

To learn more, click here.

By |September 13th, 2019|