Laughter is the best medicine.
It’s also a pretty good teacher.
A new video series from theAlberta Family Wellness Initiative,Apple’s partner in the Spring 2015issue, is using laughter to shed lighton a complex and cloudy brainillness: addiction.
Brain development plays a criticalrole in a person’s risk of addiction.Genetics and early childhoodexperiences, including those before
Learning through laughter
Comedy trio helps change conversations about addiction
birth, can change brain architecturein ways that may make addictionmore likely as children mature intoteens and adults.
Nurturing relationships, especiallyin early childhood, are essentialfor healthy brain development.
Adverse childhood experiences can
lead to toxic stress. This can damage
brain architecture, brain growth,
weaken memory and increase the
risk of addiction and several
mental and physical illnesses,
such as depression, cancer and
AFWI’s new video series, calledLife Coach, aims to change the viewmany people have of addiction:namely, that it can be overcome bydetermination and willpower.
Addiction, however, is not a matterof choice. Neither is overcomingit. People with addictions needclinical care and support from
Photo:AlbertaFamily WellnessInitiativeThe Alberta Family Wellness Initiative’s new video series utackles out-dated attitudes about living with addictions.