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    Enhancing Your Brain With Games Instead of Drugs

    There are a lot of reasons why people turn to using and abusing drugs. For many people, using drugs isn’t just about one thing—it’s a combination of factors. Nonetheless, many people have at least one chief reason they use drugs. Some people use drugs because they feel smarter, faster, and more on their game when they are using. This is especially the case for people who use amphetamine drugs, like cocaine or prescription drugs like Adderall. If you were one of these people prior to your recovery, you might find yourself frequently feeling like you are lagging mentally compared to the lightning speed you became used to working with. If this is the case for you, you might want to consider using Lumosity.

    I am not at all affiliated with Lumosity and am not receiving any payment for writing this post. In fact, no one at the company knows that I am writing this. I am just a fan who has found that using their website every day before work helps to give me mental clarity and processing time superior to anything else. Even coffee—which I love and drink daily—can’t sharpen my thoughts the way that Lumosity can.

    Lumosity is a website filled with games that have been developed with the help of neuroscientists. These quick games have been shown in labs to help improve parts of your mental processing, like attention, speed, and memory. The company employs researchers on an ongoing basis and new games are regularly added to the site.

    I have been using Lumosity regularly for over two years. Over the course of these two years, I have spent weeks playing Lumosity games every day before I begin work. I have also gone weeks without playing a single game. I have noticed that all of my thinking in every area of life seems to suffer when I am not engaged in Lumosity as an everyday routine. The opposite is also true. Making this kind of brain-training a part of my morning ritual has helped me to see not only where my strengths and weaknesses are (I’m very good at being flexible but not always so good with memory), but also how I compare to others within my own age range and others. For me, this serves as a useful incentive. I like the idea of enhancing my brain so that I can be the best I can be.

    I know that a lot of addicts and former addicts do the kinds of drugs I listed above feel the same way. But they’re looking toward the wrong direction when it comes to enhancing their skills. Speedy drugs are just a cover-up for actual long-lasting brain work that you can do through brain-training with games like what Lumosity provides. I prefer this route not only because it’s healthier, cheaper, and more effective, but also because it’s now become a wonderful part of my morning ritual—wake up, eat breakfast, drink coffee and play Lumosity.


    Elizabeth Seward has written about health and wellness for Discovery Health, National Geographic, How Stuff Works Health, and many other online and print publications. As a former touring rock musician, Elizabeth has firsthand experience with the struggles of substance abuse and the loss of loved ones because of it. She believes in the restorative power of yoga, meditation, talk therapy, and plant-based diets and she is an advocate for progressive drug policy reform.


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