Addiction Essential Reads

Risk of Relapse to Alcohol Drops After 5 Years of Sobriety

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on July 18, 2016 in Neuraptitude
New research reveals that a former alcoholic's risk of relapse after 5 years of sobriety is about the same as the risk of developing alcoholism in the general US population.

New Research Asks, “Does Why You Look at Porn Matter?”

A new study links “escapist porn use” to negative life consequences.

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Why You Can’t Get Enough Sugar

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 11, 2016 in Cravings
There are many reasons why you crave sugary foods, and just as many reasons why you cave into your cravings.

The Psychology of Chatbots

Increased “humanization” of chatbots can trigger a crucial paradigm shift.

Identifying Alcohol or Drug Abuse in the Work Place

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on July 06, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Substance abuse (alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs) at work is a serious issue with negative consequences for employers and co-workers alike.
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Would Prince Be Alive Today If He'd Had a Different Doctor?

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on June 27, 2016 in Critical Decisions
Physicians need better training on how to manage chronic pain and on how to help patients wean themselves from narcotics when they run the risk of being harmed by these medications

Talk the Talk: Dealing With a Family Member’s Addiction

How many people does it take to save an addict? Only one, but the addict really has to want to change.

How Your Risky Behavior Affects Others

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 14, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Behavioral addictions impair function, can have legal and financial repercussions, and can lead to mental health issues such as depression and thoughts of suicide

Porn vs. Religion

By David J Ley Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in Women Who Stray
People are struggling over porn use—but their problems are consistently related to a conflict between their religious values and their sexual behaviors, not to porn itself.

Risky Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 07, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
At some point in our lives, we all engage in behaviors that are risky or unwise— behaviors that, deep down, we know are not rational.

Predictors of Online Sex and Porn Consumption

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on June 05, 2016 in Without Prejudice
US states with greater religiosity or conservatism conduct more searches for sexual content. Yet religious people consider porn addiction more problematic than racism or guns.

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 03, 2016 in Cravings
Is exercise becoming an obsession? Too much of this good thing can hurt you.

How Many Deaths Will It Take? Prince Is Just the Latest

The news stories say Prince died of an overdose but it was not just of opiates: his death came from our collective overdose on the medicalization of chronic pain.

The Guilty Pleasure of True Crime TV

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on May 30, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Watching true crime TV is like eating candy in bed at three o’clock in the morning.

Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 16, 2016 in Saving Normal
The potential list of behavioral addictions can conceivably expand to include almost every area of activity that people feel passionate about.

The Myth of the Addictive Personality

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in In Excess
The concept of 'addictive personality' is often used to explain addictive behaviour. This article argues that the concept of addictive personality is a complete myth.
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Yes, It Is Time to Finally Move on From Sex Addiction

A new clinical model for the treatment of out of control sexual behavior appears to suggest that the sex addiction model is approaching its expiration date.

Addiction as a Family Affliction

The addiction of a loved one brings up many difficult questions and may leave you feeling like you are riding an emotional rollercoaster you can’t get off.

What You Need To Know About The Genetics of Mental Disorders

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 30, 2016 in Saving Normal
The genetics revolution is one of mankind's greatest intellectual achievements- but so far has contributed nothing to patient care and the ridiculous complexity of brain function.

Do I Have a Problem With Alcohol?

If you drink regularly, take this opportunity to evaluate how you are drinking and decide if it is time to make a change.

Why Do So Many Superstars Self-Destruct Like Supernovas?

Why has superstardom caused so many musical icons of the 1980s to die prematurely? This blog post explores the underbelly of fame and the quest for "Holy Grail" peak experiences.

Losing a Loved One to Porn (and What You Can Do About It)

By Sue Johnson on April 21, 2016 in Hold Me Tight
When is the line crossed from porn use to porn addiction? When is porn eroding your connection with your partner?

Do You Want to Change Your Relationship to Alcohol?

A compassionate look at why we drink, how to know when it becomes a problem, and the many ways you can make change.

10 Tips to Protect Yourself From Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is a quickly escalating problem that’s more likely to occur in an addictive personality. It's important to be careful with how you conduct your romantic life online.

What's Worse for Your Brain Than a Concussion?

By Meg Selig on April 12, 2016 in Changepower
Parents now know the possible harms from concussions. But this other common activity could also damage the brains of both young and old—yet it is widely accepted as "normal."

Why Early Intervention Matters

By Douglas G Jacobs M.D. on April 04, 2016 in Screening for Health
Can screening for mental illness help prevent substance use disorders in some instances?

3 Mistakes Parents Make with Technology

Four simple guidelines to stop your kid from becoming a member of “Generation Screen”

How Using Your GPS Too Much Could Kill You

Relying exclusively on our smartphone's GPS function not only erodes our personal spatial skills, but could adversely affect our brain. Also, it cuts us off from the real world

Alcohol Withdrawal Mood Swings: Might Eating Carbs Help?

Withdrawal is often spoken of as a particularly uncomfortable and nasty aspect of rehab.