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

Our Youth Deserve Better

By J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Almost Addicted
Transition-age youth (age 18-25) are at high risk for mental health, physical health, and substance use problems, yet they are falling through the cracks due to the lack of service

Fundamental Factors of Success in Addiction Recovery

Do you suffer from addiction? These fundamental factors can support you in cultivating a clean, sober, independent, and productive life.
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Adolescent Substance Use and the Problem of Denial

Like it or not, adolescents today grow up in an increasingly drug-filled world. Parental denial of this reality provides no protection. They must be knowledgable and stay vigilant.

What Does Marijuana Legalization Mean for Adolescents?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in Media Spotlight
With the rising trend toward marijuana legalization, what impact is this likely to have on adolescent drug use? New research explores this question and what it means.

Sick and Tired

Every addict must reach his own turning point to escape the web of addiction.

Johns Hopkins Brain Maps Show Why It Can Be So Hard to Stop

By Christopher Bergland on December 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University have identified why it's so hard to "Stop!" once your brain has given your body the green light to "go."

How Cyberspace Turned a Decent Man into a Sex Offender

People feel free to say and do things online they otherwise never would do.

Smoking in Adaptive Perspective

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in The Human Beast
People continue to smoke at the expense of survival, vigor, and reproductive success. Why?

Strategies for Non-Drinkers to Navigate Holiday Parties

Many people don’t drink alcohol but will be quizzed about why they don’t at holiday gatherings.

Negative Self-Talk: Don't Let It Overwhelm You

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is negative self-talk wearing you down? You have the power to change it.

9 Warning Signs Your Child May Be Lost in Cyberspace

By Christopher Bergland on December 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, psychologists have created a nine-point checklist to help parents identify if their child may be suffering from what experts call "screen media addiction."

How to Create Addictive Experiences?

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in Behind Online Behavior
We need to steer away from abstract goals, such as thought leadership, and start thinking in terms of clearly defined actions.

One Size Rarely Fits All

By Elliot T Berkman Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in The Motivated Brain
Treatments are designed for groups, not people. How can we make them more precise?

Sublocade: Directionally Positive But Not a Panacea

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on December 01, 2017 in Sure Recovery
Could a monthly shot help treat opioid addiction? An addiction doctor weighs in.
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They Say They're a Sex Addict. Is It Automatically True?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Just because a person says they feel they are addicted to sex, does it mean it's automatically true?

The Neurochemistry of Smartphone Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Teens with problematic habits may have an imbalance of specific chemicals in the brain.
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7 Common Reasons Why People Use Drugs

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Science of Choice
Vulnerability to addiction can be explained by considering multilevel factors from the molecular to the societal.

Is Your Child Overstimulated from Too Much Screen Time?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on November 24, 2017 in Mental Wealth
Screen Time Side Effects: Are your children are experiencing electronics-related symptoms that mimic mental health. learning, and behavior issues? Take this quiz.

Does Your Child Have a Digital Addiction?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Is it really possible for children to become addicted to digital devices? New research raises some disturbing questions.
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Confessions of a Smartphone Junkie

Protecting our “humanware” by changing our smartphone behavior
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Seven Tips for Enjoying a Family Thanksgiving Celebration

Don't want your family dinner to degenerate into arguments? Here are a few ideas that will help you this Thanksgiving or at any family gathering.

52 Ways: Identify Threats to Your Relationship from Others

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 19, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Identify behaviors that undermine the integrity of your love relationship, create conflict between partners, or destabilize one member in a way that throws a couple into chaos.

Shame as a Barrier to Addiction Treatment

The largest barrier to alcoholics getting treatment is shame. This is ironic because getting help and getting sober should be an action that alcoholics feel proud of.

How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

Adult-Onset ADHD Is Usually Something Else

By David Rettew M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Doctors are seeing increasing numbers of people presenting with what looks like adult onset ADHD. A recent study, however, finds that ADHD is rarely the cause.

The Primal Wound: Do You Have One?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Is suffering a necessary part of the human condition? To anticipate doom, fear intimacy, or carry a sense of falseness and meaninglessness? No, say the psychosynthesists.

Is Addiction a Disease of the Brain?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Addiction is when the primary process mind overpowers the deliberative actor mind.

Grudges Are Empty Calories to Brock Lindow

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Brick by Brick
"Life was punching me right in the mouth."
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Relief from Night Terrors This Veterans Day

By Kathleen Frazier on November 09, 2017 in From Sleepwalker to Sound Sleeper
For veterans suffering from debilitating night terrors, a veteran's son has created an app to stop night terrors.

Opiate Addiction: A Cautionary Tale and Case Discussion

By Jeffrey Deitz M.D. on November 09, 2017 in Case Conference
See how one courageous woman is surviving and thriving while getting treatment for opiate use disorder.