Essential Reads

Seven Lies I Told Myself About My Addiction

By Jennifer Haupt on February 13, 2016 in One True Thing
After being diagnosed with a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living, drugs, and concussions, Rob Roberge became terrified of losing his identity.

Can Playing Pinball Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in In Excess
Does pinball addiction exist? Only one academic paper has ever been published on pinball addiction (a case study) and this blog takes a look at that paper in more detail.

Sober Dating + Sober Sex = Less Drug and Alcohol Relapse

What should recovering alcoholics and former drug addicts keep in mind when pursuing romantic relationships?

When Pleasure Fantasies Cause Distress, What Can You Do?

By Meg Selig on January 21, 2016 in Changepower
Blissful daydreams and fantasies can be fun and helpful...unless their dark side takes control.

More Posts on Addiction

Seeking Validation Online Doesn’t Bring Real Happiness

Pressure to be socially accepted can affect the self-esteem of many social media users. If you are negative impacted by SM, it might be time to reevaluate how you want to use it.

8 Common Projection Errors in Decision Making

People behave as if their future feelings will be more like their current feelings.

Star Wars Psychology: The Problems with Diagnosing Kylo Ren

What's wrong with Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren? Borderline personality, psychopathy, intermittent explosive disorder, addiction, or Force-fueled immaturity?

Playboy.com's "Journalista" Explores OD Reversal Drug

By Amy Dresner on February 09, 2016 Coming Clean
Playboy.com has a new provocative docu-series about sex and drugs. This episode is about a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

Jackee Holder on Life Coaching and Emotional Health

The future of mental health interview series continues with Jackee Holder on life coaching, self-coaching, and emotional health.

Writing for Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 09, 2016 Minority Report
If you're an addict & want to gain greater insight into your behaviors, triggers, and overall addictive tendencies, what do you do? Research shows journaling can aid in recovery.

Jerod McBrayer’s Stinging Truth

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 Brick by Brick
Jerod McBrayer shares his experience with mental illness and the reasoning behind his band's new album, which reflects a 12-Step recovery program.

Faux Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 09, 2016 On Having Fun
There may be good reasons for thinking that fun isn't enough.

Bill D. on Alcoholics Anonymous

The future of mental health interview series continues with Bill D. on Alcoholics Anonymous

Once an Addict, Always an Addict

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 05, 2016 Minority Report
Do you agree with the phrase, "Once an addict, always an addict"? Why or why not? This view of addiction may seem pessimistic in terms of recovery & clarification is needed here.

Four Things You Need to Know about PTSD

Is someone you know a little different in a way you can’t quite put your finger on, or perhaps a lot different in ways you find frightening or dangerous?

Four Ways Spirituality Can Help You Cope with Difficulty

From our earliest days humanity has searched for a deeper meaning to existence, especially in the face of unbearable conditions and experiences.

Susan Raeburn on Group Psychotherapy

The future of mental health interview series continues with Susan Raeburn on group psychotherapy.

Addiction to Studying

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 In Excess
There is little research and no generally accepted definition of study addiction but such behaviour has been conceptualized within research into workaholism.

The Failures of "Failure To Launch" Syndrome

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 All About Addiction
When we tell kids they're struggling with "failure to launch" syndrome, we hurt them while saying quite a bit about ourselves.

A New Approach Across the Globe

The Resilience Regiments speaks with DARA Thailand

James Swanwick’s Challenge to Go From Average to Awesome

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Brick by Brick
James Swanwick shares the positive benefits of being alcohol free.

Why Old Habits Die Hard?

Many of our decisions are made on the basis of emotional and unconscious processes.

Simple Steps to Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 Minority Report
What do you do if you're not ready for therapy but need "action steps" to help you with sex addiction recovery? These simple steps can get you down the right track...

Drug Courts and the Restoration of Dignity

Drug courts recognize the humanity of drug users.

Utah Declares War on Porn Epidemic

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 Women Who Stray
A Utah resolution continues the political efforts to blame society's sexual problems on the scapegoat of pornography.

The Everyday Clinician's Guide to Sex Addiction

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 29, 2016 Minority Report
If you're a therapist with no formal training in sex addiction, then this guide is tailored for you. The information provided is hands-on, practical tools you can use with clients

Stop, It Hurts! Three Reasons to Avoid Prescription Meds

If you are considering seeing your doctor about prescription pain medication to treat your chronic pain, here are three things to consider before filling your prescription.

High at the Office: Four Things You Should Know

As an employer, it is in your company’s and employees’ best interest to help them find appropriate treatment.

Facing Fear and Letting Go

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 A Family Affair
A mother's decision to finally accept what she cannot change.

Real Men Cry

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 29, 2016 Minority Report
Society sends mixed messages to men saying they want to be more connected to their emotions yet they are dismissed and shamed for crying.

Everyday Delusions of Success

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 The Human Beast
Clinical delusions involve a sharp break with reality. Delusions of everyday living are milder. They are a mark of psychological health and well-being.

Heroin Addiction Is Destroying the Lives of Young Americans

Every day, approximately 125 Americans die from a heroin or opioid-related drug overdose. What can we do to stop the rising death toll? To learn more, please read this blog post.

'Addiction' to Fortune Telling

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 In Excess
A recent case study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions reported the case of a woman ‘addicted’ to fortune tellers. Can such a behaviour really be classed as an addiction?

Five Steps to End Your Email Addiction

Many of my clients spend most of their waking existence monitoring their email and social media feeds. Sound familiar? 5 steps to help you check less, but work—and play—more.