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

Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Hooks You

By Nir Eyal on June 26, 2017 in Automatic You
Voice interfaces like Amazon's Alexa are very engaging. A four-step model explains the psychology behind what makes the technology so habit-forming.

The Wound is Where the Light Enters You

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on June 26, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
Dr. Colleen Long has worked with thousands of weight loss surgery patients. Instead of "getting over" the feelings, start by going through them, and stop the yo-yo for good.

Rolling Back the Clock on Mental Health in our Country

The Senate health care bill could be disastrous for our country on multiple levels.

Anthony Bourdain's Updated Addiction Report Card

By Stanton Peele on June 25, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Anthony Bourdain, former drug addict, has kept up his frenetic, successful television career while drinking up a storm, most recently in Borneo. Meanwhile, post-60, he looks trim!

ADHD and Opioid Addiction

ADHD and substance abuse are commonly co-occurring disorders. Let's look into the correlation vs. causation.

When a Recovery Princess Needs a Harm Reduction Intervention

By Stanton Peele on June 20, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Carrie Fisher maintained the image of a drug recovery princess. The image itself may have been lethal.

The Anxiety Epidemic

Our smartphones may be a major cause.
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Nine Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab

If you have a loved one in need of addiction treatment, the time to act is now.
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A Roadmap to Helping an Addicted Loved One Enter Treatment

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 16, 2017 in Unhooked
Effective tips to help a loved one seek treatment for a substance use problem.
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Eight Reasons Why We Get Bored

Boredom is an unpleasant emotional state in which the individual feels a lack of interest in and difficulty concentrating on the current activity.

Blindness Fetishes Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in In Excess
Amaurophilia is a sexual paraphilia where the individual derives sexual pleasure and arousal by a partner who is blind. But what else do we know about this rare sexual behavior?

Applying Mindfulness in Relapse Prevention

By Dan Mager MSW on June 14, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The mindfulness practice of urge surfing can help those in addiction recovery learn how to bear urges or cravings to use alcohol and other drugs more skillfully.

Addiction In The Workplace 101: What You Need to Know

More than 75 percent of individuals with alcohol or illicit drug use disorders continue to maintain their employment.

Early Diagnosis of Alcoholism

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on June 14, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Alcoholism tends to run in families. It is often possible to recognize a vulnerability during adolescence by the way that your loved one drinks.

Eating Disorders Spread Among Asians

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 13, 2017 in Minority Report
In the past three decades, Asian countries have seen a surge in eating disorders coinciding with exposure to western standards of beauty. Asian culture also plays a role.

Our Kids Are Not All Right

By the age of 26, diagnostic rates of addiction were two to three times those in national norms.

Can E-Cigarettes Reduce Smoking Among the Mentally Ill?

Vaping is the new replacement for cigarette smoking. Is it a better choice?

Playing (Video) Games With Your IQ

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on June 11, 2017 in Compulsive Acts
Are video games making us smarter?
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I'm Sorry If You Can't Drink Alcohol

By Stanton Peele on June 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
I enjoy my time with my grandson going to the beach, riding the bus, and talking and thinking. These activities are part of living life on earth—along with drinking.

Too Much Exercise Can Damage Your Gut

New research finds link between over-exercise and gastrointestinal issues.

Overcoming Sex Addiction: A Self-help Guide

By The Book Brigade on June 08, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Compulsive sexual behavior typically conceals negative feelings about oneself—feelings that are readily treatable.

Six Signs of Incomplete Grief

While the grief process is painful, it is also healing. When it gets stalled, there are emotional consequences.

Why is Spirituality an Essential Part of a Recovery Program?

Why is spirituality an integral part of recovery from addiction?

Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community

Why does the LGBT population have a higher prevalence of eating disorders?

How to Tell If Your "Back from College" Kid Is Addicted

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on June 07, 2017 in Sure Recovery
Is your college kid slipping into addiction?

Obsessive Record and CD Collecting

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in In Excess
A personal insight into the psychology of a record-collecting completist.
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Changing the Tide for the Severely Ill Eating Disordered

​Eating disorder patients who have been on death's door provide profound opportunities for recovery. Doing the work is difficult, but fantastically rewarding: A therapist reflects.

Our Drug Death Epidemic Is Worse than Ever

By Stanton Peele on June 05, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Our approach to addiction—as our epidemic of drug deaths accelerates—is itself addictive in as much as the responses we are drawn to in fact exacerbate the problem.

Does It Really Matter How We Talk About Addiction?

Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. When talking about addiction, the truth of this age old adage rings empty. In this article, find out why.