Addiction Essential Reads

Will Your Gamer Survive College?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 26, 2016 in Mental Wealth
If you're concerned about your son's video game habits spinning out of control when he goes to college, you're right to be worried—but here's what parents can do.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": A fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

Study Pinpoints Brain Circuitry of Emotional Decision-Making

By Christopher Bergland on September 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
We all know the gut-wrenching feeling of making a tough emotional decision. Recently, MIT neuroscientists pinpointed the brain mechanics behind emotional decision-making.
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How Drum Circles Can Improve, if Not Cure, Your Depression

Have you ever wondered how people used to treat depression before prescription medications were invented?

Anthony Weiner Is Not a Sex Addict, Neither Is Anyone Else

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
"Sex addiction" doesn't pass muster in medical research, but you'd never know it by those benefiting from keeping it in the public discourse.

Life... Don't Talk to Me About Life

By Robert J King Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Hive Mind
The U.K. press recently picked up our paper about violence and gambling. Here's why they (and other traits) tend to go together and why this matters.

Anthony Weiner Is Not a Sex Addict

By Joe Kort Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Understanding the Erotic Code
This simplistic label of "sex addict" does nothing to help someone with out-of-control sexual behaviors
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Here’s How Marijuana Use Is Changing

By Richard Taite on August 26, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
It’s not hard to see how some parts of American culture are light years ahead of where they were just a few decades ago.

Screenagers and Technology Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in In Excess
There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

Video Games Stronger Than Morphine: U.S. Military

The U.S. military discovered that playing video games can be more effective than morphine in treating combat burn veterans—so what is this digital morphine doing to kids' brains?
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Here’s How Creative Arts Can Diminish Stress

While there’s no way for you to avoid stress entirely, you can use it to your advantage and harness its energy to create meaningful artistic expressions.

Michael Phelps’ Heroic Journey Goes Far Beyond Gold Medals

By Christopher Bergland on August 15, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Michael Phelps is the most-decorated Olympian of all time. He's also a role model for sharing intimate details of how he completed the hero's journey after hitting rock bottom.

How Social Constructionism Created the Sex Addiction Model

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An ideological belief in the malleability of sexuality has given rise to the sex addiction movement.

Compulsive Sexual Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 05, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Why should we be concerned about compulsive sexual behavior? Pornography, which is just one part of compulsive sexual behavior, is a huge business, and as such, it is here to stay.

A New Payoff to Risky Decisions

By Hara Estroff Marano on July 27, 2016 in Brainstorm
Scientists discover how facing risky decisions makes us smarter. Guest post by Shira Polan.

Internet Gaming Disorder vs. Internet Addiction Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in In Excess
In the DSM-5, Internet Gaming Disorder is seen as synonymous with internet use disorder (IUD) and internet addiction (IA). Empirical evidence clearly shows this is not the case.

Feathering the Empty Nest

By Ann Smith on July 25, 2016 in Healthy Connections
Couples who were able to maintain their connection through the child rearing years will have a smoother transition into empty nest years.

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.

Does It Matter Why Someone Looks at Porn?

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.