Laughter is the best medicine.
It’s also a pretty good teacher.
A new video series from the
Alberta Family Wellness Initiative,
Apple’s partner in the Spring 2015
issue, is using laughter to shed light
on a complex and cloudy brain
Brain development plays a critical
role in a person’s risk of addiction.
Genetics and early childhood
experiences, including those before
Learning through laughter
Comedy trio helps change conversations about addiction
birth, can change brain architecture
in ways that may make addiction
more likely as children mature into
teens and adults.
Nurturing relationships, especially
in early childhood, are essential
for 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, called
Life Coach, aims to change the view
many people have of addiction:
namely, that it can be overcome by
determination and willpower.
Addiction, however, is not a matter
of choice. Neither is overcoming
it. People with addictions need
clinical care and support from
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative’s new video series utackles out-dated attitudes about living with addictions.