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

6 Signs of Addiction in Adult Children of Alcoholics

By Richard Taite on August 28, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
If you’re not already in a household where recognizable addiction, domestic violence or infidelity are the norm, there are warning signs that indicate that you could be on that path. The earlier you get help, the easier it is to make change.

Frosh Week and Dangerous Drinking: What Can Parents Do?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Nurturing Resilience
While we know young people are likely to drink during frosh week, the real danger is that they could be dramatically under-estimating the amount of alcohol they're consuming. Here are some suggestions for parents who want to prevent their kids from developing a drinking problem.

Remembering Blackouts: An Interview with Sarah Hepola

By Anna David on August 27, 2015 in After Party Chat
In the first of a two-part interview, the author shares her thoughts on how alcoholism isn’t always a burning building but a "wrecking ball from inside."

The Three Cs and More

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in A Family Affair
Courage, compassion and community are key ingredients to help loved ones heal.

American Masculinity and Drugs

Reading, coffee, waiting, camera: how American men and their relationship with mind-altering substances allegedly changed throughout the last 100 years.

Friendervention - That Awkward Moment we Confront a Friend

Sometimes, an all-out “friendervention” is the last hope for that friend in the group whose behavior drives everyone else a little too crazy.

The House Drunk: Finding Our Way Out Together, Part 2

Following up on the previous entry, Ray and his mother learn skills for building a real relationship despite the complications that are part of addiction. And here we are, learning how to do the hard work of building better relationships, together, when addiction makes it even harder.

Grief Out Of Order: Apocalyptic Loss and "The Walking Dead"

"The Walking Dead" demonstrates how stages of grief follow no universal order. Before we discover how new characters on "Fear the Walking Dead" respond to the zombie apocalyse, look back at how one of the original program's characters faced loss and bereavement. What do these reactions mean for ongoing survival in a complicated world? What might Kübler-Ross say?

Inside the Mind of the Pilot who Flies to Crash

While the German co-pilot’s motives remain mysterious, clues as to his psychology are being dissected, including the suggestions reported in the media that he appears to have flown fewer hours than would be expected given the career stage reached, plus he seems to have taken a mysterious break of several months in the middle of his training.

Addiction, connection and the Rat Park study

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 in All About Addiction
Some recent chatter about addiction's causes has moved the pendulum back to social and environmental dysfunction. While I'm happy we're starting to look at the whole picture, we might want to be careful swinging too hard.

AA Saved My Life and I Get Why You Hate It

By Anna David on August 13, 2015 in After Party Chat
I thought the only way to tackle alcoholism was through AA. I was wrong. But so are those who stake entire careers on railing against the program.

Why You Cannot Remember What You Did While You Were Drunk

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 in Good Thinking
Social drinking can cause memory blackouts. Here's why.

The "House Drunk"—Irrelationship & Addiction, Part 1

Irrelationship is not alcoholism; but, it is similarly chronic, compulsive and progressive. Regarding families suffering from alcoholism and addiction, having one's role as a caretaker usurped by a foreign and anonymous source—even when treatment has been strongly encouraged or even demanded—is often an unexpectedly conflicted, confusing and complicated experience.

Codependency in Five Easy Lessons

Codependency can be confusing for people in a relationship with someone who has an addiction to alcohol, drugs or compulsive behaviors. Here is a simple way to understand what is going on and avoid the pitfalls.

3 Ineffective Ways I Tried to Manage and Enjoy My Drug Use

By Anna David on July 22, 2015 in After Party Chat
When you’re enjoying something, you’re not trying to manage it and when you’re trying to manage it, you’re no longer enjoying it. But I didn't know that so I tried a trifecta of ridiculous ways to keep my cocaine use under control.

The Benefits of a Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Healing Shame

I have created a compassion cure program for former victims of trauma that includes: self-understanding, self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, self-kindness, and self-encouragement. This article focuses on the first of these five components of self-compassion.

Negotiating Your True Worth

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 16, 2015 in Obesely Speaking
Understanding what you are versus who you are in a world that understands neither.

Rich Roll’s Extreme Flow

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 15, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Rich Roll, an ultra-endurance athlete, shares how we do not need to do "everything in moderation" in order to have balanced life. In fact, for many of us, the balance is in the “extreme.

A Memoir and a List of Loopholes Used to Justify Drinking

By Gretchen Rubin on July 14, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Do you have a favorite loophole, that you find yourself turning to most often?

The Middle Way

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Dr. Adi Jaffe, executive director of Alternatives Behavioral Health.

2 Words That Could Mean You Have a Drug Problem

What you say to yourself and to others about your drug or alcohol use is trying to tell you something. Listen.

Old Demons Come Craving

Even people who are sober for decades can have cravings

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Leading Cause of Death

These five lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of dying from the leading cause of death in the United States by 50 percent.

You're No. 1—Act That Way

By Hal Mathew on July 05, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
Doing things in your best interest ain't a bad thing.

Harnessing the Freedom to Choose Success

Arms folded in front of her, Jana tried to remain calm in the face of a challenge from her parents and me. Joan and Ron, successful professionals who had grown up in the drug scene of the 1970s, were stuck. They agreed that her diagnosis of abuse of alcohol ought not to be ignored, but did not want to “crimp her style” or lead her into a rebellion which might lead her to

Why Do We Misjudge Others

When we interact with a new person, our judgments are colored by our own past experiences, projections, and expectations.

Cross Addiction and What It Means

One of the problems that I see frequently is patients with cross addiction, specifically those who are also being given “legitimate” prescription medications such as stimulants, benzodiazepines, opiates for bona fide symptoms.

Infinitely Polar Bear: Rare Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on June 19, 2015 in Me Before We
Infinitely Polar Bear is the story of how love can provide the incentive to get better. Mark Ruffalo’s performance is gritty, believable and most certainly Oscar-Worthy.

Which of Us Has Looked Into His Father's Heart?

By Pythia Peay on June 19, 2015 in America On The Couch
A man of his time, Joe Carroll had been shaped by previous eras as much as his era had shaped my own. Like one of those Chinese nesting boxes, his psyche had been formed by the psyches of each of his own parents, who had in turn been shaped by events of their time—and so on back through generations.

What Are the Eleven Symptoms of "Alcohol Use Disorder"?

New research has found that alcohol use disorder (AUD) is an often untreated epidemic in the United States. Do you have an alcohol use disorder? This blog post highlights the 11 symptoms of AUD currently being used to assess both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.