All About Alcohol

Beer, wine, and spirits conjure up thoughts of tasty flavors, social gatherings, and tipsy fun. But alcohol, a depressant, is also associated with the emotional pain and physical ruin of addiction. Experts debate the benefits and risks of drinking and passionately argue over whether moderation or abstinence is the best option for alcoholics.

Recent Posts on Alcohol

No Substitute for “Real” Relationships

Studies confirm that things, money, material riches are not the solution to human longing. Despite unprecedented affluence, health care, and technological advances, few--even among the best off elites--claim to be truly satisfied. What really matters requires riches of the heart, riches of the spirit.

It’s Complicated: Ten Years After

By A Guest Blogger on March 27, 2015 in Brainstorm
Grief is a fickle and complicated lifelong journey that can assault its victims with debilitating symptoms at any time after its origin. Understanding that grief knows no time limit can ease the path toward acceptance.

Changing Our Perspectives on Mental Illness and Health

Addicts and those with co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD are frequently overwhelmed by shame. This is not just an internal issue of being ashamed of past behaviors.

What Parents Can’t Do

More than twice as many states required parental consent for mental health treatment than for substance abuse treatment.

Irrationality of A.A.?

My friend recently forwarded me the April 2015 Atlantic Magazine article “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabrielle Glaser. If I did not have personal and professional experience with alcoholism and in treating alcoholics, then I imagine I would not have felt such a need to respond to this article.

Why AA is Bad Science…and What It Means for Treatment

Why then is AA’s 12-step model the “go to” treatment choice for most Americans? The answer is simple—for most of its history, AA really was the only treatment available for addicts and alcoholics.

Work Meetings in a Bar?

Holding work meetings in a bar disadvantages some people

Tackling Mid-Life Weight Issues (Part 2): Why Sleep Matters

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 23, 2015 in Cravings
Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on many areas of your life, including the state of your overall mental and physical health. Experts believe that sleep may also play a big role in weight management.

The Politicization of Mental Health

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 22, 2015 in Women Who Stray
Shootings, deaths and tragedies involving mental illness fill our news every day. Politicians are talking about mental health more than ever before. But, most political efforts to reform these issues ignore the deep underlying issues of funding, regulatory complexity and access which inhibit real reform.

So You Think You Are In Recovery? Maybe Not.

Does you recovery contain these 10 components?

How to Know if Your Teen Is Seriously Suicidal

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 21, 2015 in Open Gently
Headaches, insomnia, all-over skin sensations, and drinking alcohol are all danger signs.

Prenatal Drug Exposure and Disruption of Attachment

By Ira J. Chasnoff M.D. on March 20, 2015 in Aristotle's Child
For successful attachment between caregiver and infant to occur, the caregiver must be able to read and respond to the infant's cues and the infant must be able to read and respond to the caregiver's cues.

How to Spend the Time You Have Left

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in A Sideways View
Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Are you living life to the full? Are you spending your time wisely?

4 Predictions for the Future of Addiction Treatment

While there are no easy answers, either for those struggling with substance use disorders or those attempting to help them, science gives us much to hope for, and accumulated experience is teaching us better each day what works and what doesn’t.

Spring Break Thrills at Any Age

Spring Break is not just about the college kids -- all of us deserve a break from routine.

How Helping a Friend Can Go Horribly Wrong

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Presence of Mind
Providing loans, housing, or jobs to friends or relatives is risky business, fraught with potential conflict. These dual personal and business relationships can result in unexpected internal and interpersonal conflict and temporarily or permanently damage the personal relationship, or strengthen it. Here are some guidelines for managing your dual relationships.

College Students Gone Wild!

Rather than banishing misbehaving students from campus we should try to find a path of reconciliation, restorative justice, and thoughtful learning that ultimately makes for a better, and more compassionate, community.

A Few Drinks After Work

Nadine fools herself into thinking she can manage her drinking, but psychological assessment indicates danger unless she gets needed help. Six questions can help you see if you or someone you love needs help.

7 Tips for When Friendship Suddenly Becomes Something More

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on March 16, 2015 in Friendship 2.0
Some of the strongest romantic relationships can grow from long-time friendships that suddenly developed a spark. Other times, an ill-advised sexual hookup can all but ruin an otherwise brilliant friendship. If you're caught in the crosshairs the morning after, take a deep breath and follow these steps.

11 Ways to Help a Friend With Bipolar Disorder

Those diagnosed with bipolar disorder may be at the mercy of extreme mood swings, but they are not powerless. Medication, therapy and a healthy lifestyle can help them enjoy full and productive lives, especially when supplemented by the support of those closest to them.

Do You Need A Strengths-Development Habit?

Today 5 out of every 10 people report they have the opportunity to do what they do best each day at work – an increase of 30% over the last decade. As a result they tell us that they feel more engaged and energized, that what they do makes a difference and are much more likely to describe themselves as flourishing. How are they getting these results?

Older Sad Man Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in How To Do Life
Although not clinically depressed, many of my older male clients are sad.

St. Patrick's Day Drinking: Facts, Hangovers, and Advice

Watch out for the lure of too much green beer.

Campus Rape

Will college compliance with Title IX prevent date rape?

Myths and Misconceptions in Psychology

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 12, 2015 in A Sideways View
In their wonderful book Lilienfeld and colleagues list 250 myths and misconceptions from the world of psychology. In a study we tested to what extent ordinary people thought them to be true. The results are surprising.

Where Are You?

Ayeka: the more we are open to the question, the more we can be clear about how to chart a course forward on our path.

The Risks of College Age Drinking

There are now 135 Collegiate Recovery communities on campuses all over the country. They are geared to support students in recovery from addiction who are seeking a degree in higher education by sharing the goals of providing personal support, preventing occurrences of relapse, and promoting academic performance.

Why Some People Are More Resilient Than Others

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on March 11, 2015 in Good Thinking
Everyone suffers at least one negative life event. A recent study discovered two factors that characterize resilient people following negative or even traumatic life events.

Troubled Waters

The nature and scope of youth suicide is changing, and not for the better.

Un-Break My Heart

The time immediately following the shock and bewilderment of a breakup is driven by an overflow of stress chemicals released by your brain in response to the trauma that is happening to you. Your emotions run wild. As the fictional detective Dirk Gently would put it, you are in a state of mind that would make even Mother Teresa spank babies. How can you fall out of love?