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.

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Sex, Footwear, Fashion, and Fantasy

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in In Excess
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Religious Conflict Makes Porn Bad for Relationships

By David J Ley Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
A new research study finds more evidence that the alleged harms from porn are actually caused by religious conflict, shame, and the "porn addict" identity.

Thoughts About Opioid Addiction

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Back From the Dead

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in In Excess
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Don't Be the Chicken and Cheetos Lady

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
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Zombie Outbreak!? "Spice" and the Synthetic Cannabinoids

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Synthetic cannabinoids in "Spice" products have been responsible for "zombie outbreaks" across the country. Should parents be concerned?
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Erotica for Serial Killers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Despite debates over whether salacious imagery causes people to become violent, in some cases, it is clearly influential.
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Alcohol Causes Aggression. Can It Reduce Aggression Too?

Alcohol causes people to be more aggressive. But can drunk people be the least aggressive people in the room? Our research suggest that the answer is “yes.”

How Will the White House Opioid Task Force Effect Change?

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
It should focus on prescribers and new treatments for success.

Ambulatory Detox Modality Delivers Better Results

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
As America succumbs to an addiction epidemic avant-garde and cost-effective treatment program could help to dent the addiction curve.

Excessive Gaming and Pain Perception

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in In Excess
Some suggests that use of smartphones and videogames can be addictive. However, there is also evidence that such use can have therapeutic benefits, like reducing feelings of pain.

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Simple Steps to Porn/Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 03, 2017 in Minority Report
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Step 1: Recognizing and understanding the emotional forces underlying addictive behaviors.

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By Fran Simone Ph.D. on April 02, 2017 in A Family Affair
You can identify and change beliefs that limit you.

Writing for the Self-Help Consumer, Pt 2

By Melissa Kirk on April 02, 2017 in Test Case
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Genital Drug Injection

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in In Excess
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Trump Won't Reduce the Ravages of Drug Addiction

By Stanton Peele on March 30, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Liberals and conservatives both marvel at how, given such great addiction treatment, our addiction crisis deepens. They agree we should redouble our disease campaign.