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

A Different CBT Approach To Eating Addiction

Do you believe your love for junk food, your dysfunctional childhood, or the stress in your life is at the root of your compulsive eating? Is so, you've fallen into the therapy trap. The cause is more fundamental yet simpler. Here's how to diagnose and treat the root, acting as your own therapist.

Movies in Mind: Our Addiction to the Screen

By studying the allure of movies, we can learn much about how the mind works.

Senile Squalor and Hoarding

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 In Excess
Diogenes Syndrome (DS) that is sometimes referred to as ‘senile squalor syndrome’ (as it typically occurs in elderly individuals). Hoarding is often a consequence of having DS, and those with DS often live on their own in severe domestic squalor and unsanitary conditions. But what else is known about this rare syndrome?

Becoming The Person I Drank to Be

By Anna David on October 06, 2015 After Party Chat
Everything I know how to do I learned in recovery. Through that, the personality I craved as a kid has revealed itself to be a part of me.

5 Factors That Make You Feel Shame

The healthiest way to cope is to own up to shame and allow it to dissipate with time.

Who Is The Real Father of Sex Addiction?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Women Who Stray
Who is the true father of sex addiction? Could it be a man who treated homosexuality as an addiction?

Four Reasons to Consider Making a Psychotherapy Appointment

Psychotherapy aims at helping an individual with issues related to mental health, interpersonal communication, and problematic behaviors, make positive life changes. The main objective is to help relieve symptoms and resolve underlying concerns by having directed conversations focused on increasing self-awareness and improving psychological and relational well-being.

OxyContin for Kids? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

By Dan Mager MSW on October 01, 2015 Some Assembly Required
We know that teenagers are at a higher risk for addiction than adults because of their immature brain development. And we know from significant demonstrated history that even if prescribed with the best of intentions, expanding the availability of opioid pain medications can have unforeseen and tragic consequences.

Unite to Break the Silence and Forge Community

By Guest Bloggers on September 30, 2015 The Guest Room
This weekend in Washington DC, something historic happens. Thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations will come together to face addiction and stand up for recovery. The Unite To Face Addiction rally, a free event on the National Mall this Sunday, October 4, represents a powerful joining of forces toward the pursuit of a common goal.

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

In an increasingly well-known TED Talk titled “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong,” British journalist Johann Hari discusses the available research into the underlying causes of addiction and concludes, rather brilliantly, that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection.

'New Syndrome' Syndrome

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 In Excess
In the 1980s and early 1990s, there seemed to be a real upsurge is the naming of "new syndromes" in the medical literature including many relating to excessive use of technology and other leisure activities. This article takes a brief look at some of the strange medical side-effects of various excessive behaviors that have made their way into the medical literature.

Addiction: An Equal Opportunity Condition

Be part of a conversation with experts on addiction and treatment

The First Step in Recovery

September is National Recovery Month, a time to raise awareness about addiction, treatment and the path toward healing. While recovery comes in many forms, there are many misconceptions about what it really means.

How to Identify Someone at Risk for Suicide

By Richard Taite on September 29, 2015 Ending Addiction for Good
The most important thing to remember is that while you have no control over what an individual ultimately decides, your calm and concern can save their life.

Not Just One Way to Get Sober!

There are many views and opinions about what is needed for alcoholics to maintain long-term sobriety/recovery. There are therapeutic coping skills, medical model, evidence-based research, 12-Step model, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, alternative treatments, spiritual/religious perspectives and more…

The Drug Addictions Of Mice And Men

By Jesse Marczyk on September 29, 2015 Pop Psych
Is drug addiction the opposite of social connections? What some data on rats tell us about that rather interesting idea.

Five Simple Steps to Start Learning Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice that can help you in all aspects of your daily life. Practiced since ancient times, modern science is now recognizing its importance in building psychological health.

How to Maintain Mental Health

By Richard Taite on September 25, 2015 Ending Addiction for Good
The opposite of mental illness is mental health, so let’s think about how we can focus on improving our mental health instead of focusing always on what’s wrong.

It's Hard to Hide Your OCD

By Donna Barstow on September 25, 2015 Ink Blots Cartoons
One study looks at possible links between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and workaholics. They're not necessarily related, but they could be neighbors.

What Dating Looks Like for a Recovering Sex Addict

Compulsive sex is the fast food of relationships, and developing a taste for the slow-cooked meal may take some time.

Hypersexual Disorder Debates

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 In Excess
Sex addiction appears to be a highly controversial area. Given that "gambling disorder" was reclassified from a disorder of impulse control to a behavioral addiction in the DSM-V, there is now no theoretical reason why other behavioral addictions can’t be added in years to come. So why wasn’t sex addiction included in the latest DSM-V?

What Does "Behavioral Undercontrol" Mean?

Examining the link between behavioral undercontrol and substance use disorder.

Is Your Drinking Putting You at Risk?

Research shows that identifying high-risk drinkers and spending some time explaining to them the dangers of alcohol use, their responsibility for change and available treatment options can reduce future trauma visits by almost half. Blood alcohol tests rope in some who don’t need the help and misses others who do. More effective — 20% more effective, according to a new stu

Is Addiction a Habit or a Choice?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on September 22, 2015 All About Addiction
It's an age-old debate: Are addicts failing to exercise control or have they fallen victim to a disease that has taken over their brain and rendered them powerless? The answer is neither and both, so pay close attention...

Applying Mindfulness Techniques to Quit Smoking

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 The First Impression
How can mindfulness practices be applied to cessation of smoking? Research suggests a significant reduction in cravings by using the Crave to Quit program (download the app).

Caution: Releasing "Non-Violent" Offenders

How much do we really known about offenders who may be turned loose?

Video Games Impact Your Feelings in Real Life

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
With an estimated 59% of the population playing video games, it’s time we paid more attention to their psychological impact.

An Anti-Drinking Drug May Hold the Cure to Sex Addiction

What about naltrexone makes it so effective at treating both alcohol and sex addiction? Study after study continues to suggest that behind every addiction, behavioral or otherwise, lies a malfunctioning reward center. It makes intuitive sense, then, that a medication that treats one kind of addiction may be able to treat another.

Time for Change: Four Steps Towards Fighting Anxiety

Max battles his smoking habit and finds help with the anxiety that had prevented him from enjoying better health. Four steps help him to create a healthy new start.

How Do Men Experience Eating Disorders?

The behaviors that males who have eating disorders engage in may not always resemble the typical pattern of efforts to slim down observed in women’s disordered eating behavior.