Addiction Essential Reads

Understanding Addiction With Electronic Registries

We want rigorous science that can guide treatment in substance abuse, but Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) are very expensive. Can we uber-fy clinical trials to make research, implementation and quality assessment a seamless process?

What's Wrong with Treating the "Disease" of Addiction?

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on November 11, 2015 Addicted Brains
Elsewhere I talk about the flawed science behind the disease model of addiction. Here I'm interested in the net effect it's had on addiction treatment. Addicts need empowerment and self-direction in order to change. But the medicalization of addiction turns them into patients: obedient, passive, and powerless.

Family-based Programs for Substance Abusing Teen Girls

For those who are concerned about substance abuse in young girls

The Mysteries of Habit

Neuroscience research brings together seemingly unrelated conditions...anorexia, OCD and substance use disorders...which may share common -- and difficult-to-modify -- brain circuits related to habit learning.

Do We Really Always Fall Off the Wagon?

Depictions of relapse in pop culture make it seem inevitable for addicts.

Breathwork as a Treatment for Addiction?

By Amy Dresner on October 26, 2015 Coming Clean
Just Breathe! Breathwork for Addiction.

5 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity and Courage in the Workplace

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on October 21, 2015 Curious?
Results from the new Merck survey of 2,606 United States workers on the state of curiosity in the workplace. Learn about the 5 big barriers to curiosity at work. Learn 5 strategies for training companies, leaders, and employees to become more curious, courageous, and creative.

How Therapy Can Help Exercise Addicts, Part I

When you're addicted to exercise or struggling with an eating disorder, what does "opening up to what's going on inside of you" entail?

How Do Men Experience Eating Disorders?

The behaviors that males who have eating disorders engage in may not always resemble the typical pattern of efforts to slim down observed in women’s disordered eating behavior.

'Stop Checking Your Smartphone!'

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 16, 2015 In Excess
Few people would say that their lives are worse because of mobile phones. However, in the scientific literature, excessive mobile phone use has been linked with self-reported dependence and addiction-like symptoms, sleep interference, financial problems, and dangerous use (phoning while driving). But can disordered mobile phone use be considered as an addiction?

Your Belief in Porn Addiction Makes Things Worse

By David J Ley Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 Women Who Stray
New research shows that the belief that one is a porn addict causes psychological suffering over time. This is an important wake-up call to the many people who tout the idea that porn is addictive. Their promotion of this concept is akin to those who have exploited people by selling dangerous quack remedies which ultimately caused harm.

Mental Illness Does Not Equal Dangerous, Mostly

By Carrie Barron M.D. on September 14, 2015 The Creativity Cure
There are many different kinds of mental illness and most people with these conditions are not dangerous. However a certain mix of psychological ailments combined with other known risk factors can be a set up for violent crime. If we can clear up the misunderstandings we will be in a better position to predict and protect.

Kitty Dukakis’s Chronic Depression

It is wonderful to see science and reason triumphing over urban myths -- comparable to the anti-vaccine myths – that are toxic to public health. And it’s happening because of the engagement of non-physician volunteers such as the Dukakis’s and the Lutz’s.

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.

Emotion Regulation

Before you know that you’re sad, you’re motivated to drink or eat too much. Before you know that you feel vulnerable, you’re motivated to blame, deny, or avoid. Before you know you’re ashamed, you’re motivated to seek quick adrenalin through active or passive aggression.

Why Are the Candy Crushes of the World Dominating Our Lives?

What happens when an organic form of existence, after evolving for millions of years, meets the last word in planned and designed addictiveness? Darwin goes searching for the gas pedal in this evolutionary phenomenon of his.

The Pain Mess

The treatment of chronic pain is a public health disaster

Are We Finally Ready to Invest in People, Not Prisons?

For too long, he said, harsh mandatory sentencing guidelines, mostly involving drug use, have been disproportionately affecting minorities and the poor, and costing both those who are imprisoned and the society paying for that imprisonment far too much.

3 Kinds of Motivation for Addiction Recovery

How can you know you have left "no stone unturned" in trying to help someone you care about who suffers from addiction to alcohol, drugs or some destructive behavior?

Living in the Candy Store

Taking responsibility for yourself sometimes means taking responsibility for the world you live in. Change where you are and change who you are. The latest generation of technological assists do that exactly that, helping you march to your own tune and do the work you think is important.

Should Amy Winehouse Have Been Taught Controlled Drinking?

Was there any way to prevent the 27-year-old genius, Amy Winehouse, from dying by binge drinking? She consulted well regarded doctors and drug counselors, as described in the new documentary, Amy. They told her to stop drinking, which was perhaps a good idea, one that Winehouse herself endorsed, but never succeeded at.

F%$& Shame, TEDx and Mental Health

Many of us don't give the proper weight to the use of mental health labels. As this talk shows, diagnostic labels can actually impact the way in which labeled individuals perform. If nothing else, this fact should make us more wary of using these labels as everyday placeholders to describe those around us. We may just be sentencing them to meeting our low expectations.

Top 10 Reasons Relationships Fail

Most of us want to meet and settle down with the “right” person, and most of us want such a relationship to last. At the same time, the majority of romantic partnerships end in dissolution. What are some of the major causes? Here are ten common reasons why relationships fail...

Old Demons Come Craving

Even people who are sober for decades can have cravings

The Mind Of An Addict

There is a gap between what they prefer to do and what they actually do.

Why We Use Drugs: The Power of Addictive Tendencies

Addictions are a hotel; they are not home but can remind people of home so powerfully that they won’t easily abandon them without knowing where their real home is and how to get there.

The Fat Fetish, Explained

One sexual behaviour that appears to be very popular among a minority of men is ‘BBW squashing’ (i.e., men being squashed by one or more ‘big beautiful women’ for sexual pleasure) and also known as ‘crushing’ or ‘smashing’ by squashing enthusiasts. But what do we know psychologically about this strange sexual behaviour?

Sober Summer!

For those trying to cut back on their drinking or for sober alcoholics, the summertime and the many celebrations that accompany it can be temptations.Many will report that the warm weather, the outdoor bars, family gatherings, vacations, the beach, sporting events, etc. can bring back memories of “the good ole’ days”. Here are some tips for sober summertime fun!

How Being Knocked Out Of Our Comfort Zones Can Be Beneficial

We often want the answers to life's biggest dilemmas to be complicated, enabling or even pricey. But sometimes the best advice we can receive comes without any fancy packaging, outrageous promises or gratuitous politeness.

Are You Numb to Pleasure? How to See Life with New Eyes

We can have the most amazing life, if we live in the present moment without being attached or focused on the future; not being stuck in the past, just living in the now and seeing everything with those beginner eyes.