Relapse of Addiction

Relapse is now seen as the rule rather than the exception in addiction recovery. And it is no longer viewed as a catastrophe but as an opportunity for learning more and better strategies for overcoming urges and for identifying the moods and situations that are likely to be difficult.

What is inappropriate is black-and-white thinking about success that turns a slip-up into a disaster and sees it as a sure sign of defeat. The fact is that it takes time to change all the mental apparatus that supports any particular habit-the memories, the situations that trigger craving, and more. Addiction changes brains, and it takes time to change brains back.

Recent posts on Addiction

Navigating Black Holes With Leilani Wolfgramm

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Brick by Brick
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The Psychology Of Columbo

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in In Excess
It was 50 years ago today that the first episode of 'Columbo' aired on TV. This article looks at the psychology of television's greatest detective.

When Is Porn Use a Problem?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 19, 2018 in ExperiMentations
How do relationship and sexual satisfaction affect couples' use of pornography? New research provides guidance for when porn use is likely to become detrimental.

Requiem For a Sleepwalker

A family seeks help after a sleepwalker's tragic drowning.

Mass Shooting and the Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Minding the Mind
Are mass shooters mentally ill? We should not assume that they are.

The Psychology of Expectations

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on February 17, 2018 in Cui Bono
"What's wrong with expecting people to do what is right? Don't I have a right to feel resentful when they don't?" Find out what is wrong with that kind of thinking.

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous: Does It Make Sense?

By Emily T. Troscianko on February 17, 2018 in A Hunger Artist
I analyse the ABA literature to explore whether or not the translation from alcohol addiction to eating disorders results in coherent and constructive principles and practices.

"My Child is an Addict" -- How to Talk and be Heard

Communicating with kids is not always easy. When adult children are battling addiction, it might feel impossible to speak to them in a way that gets through to them.

Unwanted Inheritance

Researchers are searching for genes responsible for multi generational addiction in families.

Beating the Odds

What if you come from a crazy family?

The Deadly Flow of Opioids

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My Partner Has an Alcohol or Drug Problem!

How to navigate your relationship when your partner struggles with alcohol or other drug problems.

Well Being and Trauma

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Addiction in Society
A national guide to addressing trauma, and an assessment of how we are doing.

The Benefits of Clown Therapy

Recent research suggests that "birthing" your inner clown can be therapeutic.

Could You Be Addicted to Technology?

By Shainna Ali Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in A Modern Mentality
Technology is integrated into our daily lives. At what point are we at risk for crossing the fine line from general use to problematic use?

Work Addiction and 'Workaholism'

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in In Excess
Research into 'workaholism' and 'work addiction' appears to have grown over the last decade and most view the constructs as interchangeable. But is that really the case?
“Mania and Melancholia”/ Wellcome Library, London/CC BY 4.0

Has Medicine Lost Its Mind?

By Robert C. Smith M.D. on February 07, 2018 in Patient Zero
Your physician is not trained to treat your mental health problems, but the psychiatrist shortage is severe.

Cannabis and Risk for Opiate Misuse

A prospective epidemiological study indicates that marijuana use is associated with nonmedical use of prescription opiates three years later.

When Did We Stop Talking to Each Other?

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Eric Clapton on Healing From Trauma

"It ain't about what I want, it's about what I can give."

The 6 Triggers of Craving

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 06, 2018 in Science of Choice
One of the major goals of drug addiction treatment is to teach addicts how to deal with cravings.

Why Do Doctors Overprescribe?

How physician behaviors have contributed to the opioid and antibiotic resistance crises and what can be done about it.

It’s Complicated

By Konstantin Lukin Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in The Man Cave
You are in a perfect relationship - it’s everything you've been looking for! But what if this relationship which you are currently engaged in, is actually not serving you at all?

Want Teens To Smoke Less Pot? Legalize It

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Beastly Behavior
The belief that the stigmatization of drugs as illegal and dangerous reduces teen drug use is not just wrong. It's backwards.

4 Strategies for Families Facing Addiction

Hardly any family member, friend or co-worker is spared knowing someone with addiction. What can you do to help?
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How To Put Down Our Devices and Step Into Our Lives

Are you more addicted to your devices than you care to admit? A little mindfulness can go a long way.

Risky Business

By Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in The Right Mindset
Are you chained to the desk? Find out what you can do.

"American Crime"—an Addiction Tragedy

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on January 30, 2018 in Addiction in Society
"American Crime," a true-to-life television crime series, offers a startlingly different — and accurate — portrayal of addiction.

So You Need Mental Health or Drug Rehab?

By Mendi Baron on January 29, 2018 in On the Verge
Overwhelmed by the daunting task of finding mental health or addiction care? A few pointers and a helpful guide can go a long way.

Depression and My Family Tree

By Amy Dresner on January 28, 2018 in Coming Clean
I thought I was just a drama queen until I found about my family's history of depression.