Addiction Essential Reads

Making a Sexual Debut

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Despite the controversy surrounding first-time sex, most young people in the United States become sexually active long before they reach adulthood.

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.
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The Good and Bad of Opioid Prescription Limits

By Richard Taite on November 07, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
The benefits and the shortcomings of state-based opioid prescription limits.

"71 Doctors Declare Trump has Dementia, Unfit for Office"

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Statistical Life
Why fight the lies. Write something that you know some people can't help but want to believe and sit back as social media does it's magic.
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The Impact of Cell Phones on Romantic Relationships

Several recent studies examine the impact of excessive monitoring via cell phone on romantic relationships. Is this something we'll outgrow or is it becoming the new norm?
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To Vape or Not to Vape

Do e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?
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The Mind of a Flip-Flopper

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in Science of Choice
People have self-control problems in the form of a present-biased preference, where one places extra weight on more immediate rewards.

Unethical and Illegal Practices in Addiction Treatment

Sadly, politics are not the only arena for scandals, corruption and greed. The addiction treatment field is an arena that we would hope to associate with a caring culture.

Beyond the College Drinking Game

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in Social Lights
How parents can address new disturbing trends and dangerous behavior.

The Price of a High

Children are especially vulnerable when a parent is addicted. The current opioid epidemic makes it imperative that we hear children's voices and understand their felt experience.

Misuse of Stimulants by College Students

Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants by college students is common. Students who misuse these drugs have a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorder and conduct disorder.
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How and Why You Should Keep Your Temper in Check

By Richard Taite on October 21, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
At the end of the day we are human, not perfect, and it is okay to make mistakes so long as we learn from them and try to do better.

Cheating? But It Was Just a Webcam!

As our lives have become increasingly digital, the once-clear line between monogamy and infidelity has blurred.
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Meditation Helps Eating Disorder Recovery

When people are recovering from an eating disorder, anxiety and stress can cause them to react through harmful behaviors. Meditation is crucial to a healthy recovery.
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5 Elements of Desire Formation

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Science of Choice
Whether people will give in to the desire in any given time depends on two things: the strength of the desire and the strength of the self to resist the urge.

Middle America and the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

The opioid addiction epidemic is raging through middle America, and its families.

What Is the Link Between Alcohol and Creative Genius?

By Tom Shroder on October 05, 2016 in Acid Test
My author grandfather said he couldn't write when he wasn't drinking. It might have won him a Pulitzer Prize. It definitely killed him.

Unrequited Love: Why We Cling

By Wendy Paris on October 04, 2016 in Splitopia
Intermittent reward keeps us attached, says psychotherapist and author Jeanne Safer. We need to credit our own feelings of dissatisfaction and let go of "relentless hope."

Is He or She an Addict First? Or a Narcissist First?

By Peg Streep on October 03, 2016 in Tech Support
When someone you love is addicted, your first impulse may be to offer all the support and empathy you can. But is this always the right thing to do?
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The Case for Including Mental Health Care in the Workplace

You shouldn’t take for granted that your workplace positively contributes to your employees’ mental health.

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 25, 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?