Exploring Alcohol and Alcoholism

For many, beer, wine, and spirits conjure up thoughts of social gatherings and tipsy fun. But alcohol, a depressant, is also associated with damaging behavior and 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 Alcoholism

The Six Cs of Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 A Family Affair
Courage, compassion, and community can help loved ones overcome co-dependency.

How to Stop Kids From Binge Drinking

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 17, 2015 Open Gently
We can use our success in reducing cigarette smoking as a model to cut down binge drinking.

Even Sober, I Was the World’s Worst Employee

By Anna David on November 17, 2015 After Party Chat
I used to talk back to my bosses and screw up important tasks. Then I got sober and into recovery—but my behavior didn't.

Confronting Campus Sexual Violence

“Too often we work in silos,” said White, “with the researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on their own. We need to spend time talking with each other.”

Addicts and Non-Addicts: The New Odd Couple

By Amy Dresner on November 13, 2015 Coming Clean
Want a reality check about your addiction? Date outside the recovery circle.

Ambivalence in Addiction

The Latin word "addictum" once described the length of time an indentured slave had to serve. The person who served that sentence was the "addict." The etymology means “bound to”—just as many of us are hopelessly bound to our screens.

Honoring My World War II Veteran Father

By Pythia Peay on November 11, 2015 America On The Couch
Like many in my Baby Boomer generation, I was late to arrive at an appreciation for my gruff-spoken, close-to-the-chest, Greatest Generation father’s military service. Maybe it was years of dealing with his alcoholic, crazy parenting. But having only the fuzziest idea of what he’d done during the war, I grew up in the belief that Joe Carroll had been no great hero at all.

5 Easy Tools to Resist the Urge of Bad Habits

By Rubin Khoddam on November 10, 2015 The Addiction Connection
Substance use treatment isn't always about one's drug of choice, but it's about behavior change. And here are 5 simple tools to help us learn ways of facilitate the behavior change.

Why Are So Many Middle-Aged White Americans Dying Young?

Why are so many middle-aged white Americans self-destructing?

Emerging From the Veil of Addiction

When self-medication winds its way into compulsive dependence, we disappear behind a veil that leaves us in a sort of social and emotional suspended animation and, when we reemerge, we find we are right where we started.

Making Progress in Writing and Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on October 27, 2015 A Family Affair
Is co-dependency driving you crazy? Like a writer you can revise your behavior and produce a better draft of yourself.

Is Addiction About Pleasure?

Pleasure has been confused with addiction for the last 5000 years. The reason for this is that common forms of addiction, like drinking alcohol, taking other drugs, gambling, and seeking sex, are often pleasurable. But the notion that addiction is about pleasure is completely wrong.

Why Have Marijuana Use Disorders Doubled in the Past Decade?

A new study has found that marijuana use and "cannabis use disorders" among adults have doubled in the past decade? What is causing these cannabis-related statistics to skyrocket?

Seven Warning Signs of Serious Alcohol Dependency

Eventually, if you keep up these behaviors, you will develop noticeable mental and physical changes indicating that you need to consider finding professional help.

Lessons on Addiction: Learned and Not Yet Learned

Even away from reality show lights, Lamar Odom could not escape the glare of public scrutiny. Although there are well documented facts about the disease of addiction, which are important topics of discussion on television shows to make the public aware, that, in and of itself, is not a license to speculate or surmise facts about ndividuals who suffer from addiction.

What is an Addiction?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 20, 2015 Minority Report
The clinical and therapeutic communities have come a long way in understanding addictions yet questions still persist as to the root causes of addictions. Is it a disease rooted in genetics and/or biology, is it a disorder of mental or psychological suffering, or is it one of depravity where the origin is of a spiritual issue? The answer depends.

Five Things to Know About Recovery From Alcohol or Drugs

Do not give up; there is always hope.

Web-Based Programs May Help Reduce Teen Substance Abuse

Can the problem of underage drinking be successfully tackled?

Binge Drinking

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 16, 2015 A Sideways View
Alcohol consumption and addiction is the result of many psychological and social factors. Why do some young people manage moderate and healthy alcohol consumption while others binge drink regularly endangering their own and others health?

Two Serious Issues New Therapists Miss

By Kimberly Key on October 15, 2015 Counseling Keys
Depression rates for American adults increased from 3.33 percent to 7.06 percent from 1991 through 2002 and is considered a worldwide epidemic by the World Health Organization. Highly comorbid with this are two serious issues (suicide and addiction) that therapists often miss.

Desire in a Pill for Women with Low Libido?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 15, 2015 All About Sex
The newly approved drug for women's low libido, Addyi, works nowhere near as well as safer, cheaper, more empowering alternatives.

"Fools Rules" for Justifying Drinking

One of the symptoms of an alcohol problem or Alcohol-Use Disorder is when individuals make “rules” around their drinking. These rules may offer a false sense of security that their drinking is under control.

Escaping or Accepting?

It is my belief that escape is at the heart of all addiction. Brene Brown points out in her book "Daring Greatly," shame and guilt are fostered by our attempts to escape our feelings. She identifies three primary ways of escaping feelings.

The Tragedy of a Failed Apology: Don't Make This #1 Mistake!

Here's a story of a high stakes apology gone wrong—and how to get it right.

Steve Jobs: Make People Happy via Products, Not Personally

By Stanton Peele on October 10, 2015 Addiction in Society
Steve Jobs and Sam, a local musician, have two different approaches to life. One wants to make people happy in his presence, the other by his presents, or products. Which approach is better?

Becoming The Person I Drank to Be

By Anna David on October 06, 2015 After Party Chat
Everything I know how to do I learned in recovery. Through that, the personality I craved as a kid has revealed itself to be a part of me.

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

In an increasingly well-known TED Talk titled “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong,” British journalist Johann Hari discusses the available research into the underlying causes of addiction and concludes, rather brilliantly, that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection.

Not Just One Way to Get Sober!

There are many views and opinions about what is needed for alcoholics to maintain long-term sobriety/recovery. There are therapeutic coping skills, medical model, evidence-based research, 12-Step model, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, alternative treatments, spiritual/religious perspectives and more…

Foundation Helps Vets "Dress for Success" in Job Interviews

By Eric Newhouse on September 26, 2015 Invisible Wounds
Kewon Potts, a Navy veteran, was one of 25-plus vets being given new suits, dress shirts and ties this month to wear to job interviews. The Save-a-Suit foundation and its founder, Scott Sokolowski, believe it's important to dress for success because it improves the interviewer's critical first impression and builds the vets' confidence.

What Does "Behavioral Undercontrol" Mean?

Examining the link between behavioral undercontrol and substance use disorder.