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10 Keys to Recovery

The must-haves for recovery from mental illness or addiction.

When You Suspect Your Kid has a Substance Abuse Problem

If you find evidence that your child is using drugs or alcohol, here are some suggestions about how to take the next step and talk to your child.

Sobering Truth About Addiction Treatment in America

By David Sheff on May 08, 2017 in Overcoming Addiction
People blame politicians, drug dealers, and pharmaceutical companies for the overdose crisis, but blame doesn't doesn't help people get well. The addicted need quality treatment.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Want to Change

Changing isn't easy, but these 4 questions from Motivational Interviewing may make the process a little easier.

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Enough Is Enough Series, Part 6: LSD Reconsidered

Psychiatry is considering using LSD to treat psychiatric conditions. An extremely bad idea.

Warning: This Drug May Kill You

In this beautiful and sorrowful HBO documentary, we crisscross this country to meet families who represent today’s victims of the opioid epidemic.

Teen Prescription Med Abuse Skyrockets, Parents Clueless

7 warning signs for parents and how to protect kids.

Sex, Footwear, Fashion, and Fantasy

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in In Excess
For a small minority of people, shoes can become a sexual fetish either on its own or overlapping with other sexual paraphilias. But what do we actually know about shoe fetishism?

Finding the Right Path for Each Individual, Making It Work

The Resilience Regiment speaks with AToN Center.

I Need Help Dealing With My Angry and Alcoholic Mother

How To Deal With A Very Complicated Mother

Religious Conflict Makes Porn Bad for Relationships

By David J Ley Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
A new research study finds more evidence that the alleged harms from porn are actually caused by religious conflict, shame, and the "porn addict" identity.

Thoughts About Opioid Addiction

Taking a look at the thinking processes underlying opioid addiction.

Stress Can Lead to Unwanted Consequences

Drug use is surely not the best way to manage stress.

Why Do Men Cheat on Women They Love?

Hey guys! Cheating is not the only option.

Wake-Up Call

How I became determined to shed light on addiction.

Back From the Dead

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in In Excess
Lazarus Syndrome refers to the spontaneous return of blood circulation after the person has been declared dead. But what do we know about this very rare phenomenon?

Don't Be the Chicken and Cheetos Lady

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
This is why psychologists deny certain people for weight loss surgery.

Zombie Outbreak!? "Spice" and the Synthetic Cannabinoids

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Synthetic cannabinoids in "Spice" products have been responsible for "zombie outbreaks" across the country. Should parents be concerned?

How Will the White House Opioid Task Force Effect Change?

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
It should focus on prescribers and new treatments for success.

Ambulatory Detox Modality Delivers Better Results

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
As America succumbs to an addiction epidemic avant-garde and cost-effective treatment program could help to dent the addiction curve.

Excessive Gaming and Pain Perception

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in In Excess
Some suggests that use of smartphones and videogames can be addictive. However, there is also evidence that such use can have therapeutic benefits, like reducing feelings of pain.

4 Secrets to Improving our Health and Mental Health

Do you know the 4 secrets, hiding in plain sight, to improve our health and mental health? Take a read...

Simple Steps to Porn/Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 03, 2017 in Minority Report
What do you do if you're not ready for therapy but need "action steps" to help you with sex addiction recovery? This recovery "packet of information" can be a great start...

Can Addictive Thoughts Be Useful?

Step 1: Recognizing and understanding the emotional forces underlying addictive behaviors.

10 Ways to Protect the Brain from Daily Screen Time

You may have heard that screen-time can wreak havoc on children's nervous systems. But aside from restricting technology, what can parents do to buffer against overstimulation?

Are You Too Hard on Yourself?

How can we let go of subtle and not-so-subtle aggression against our own selves when we find ourselves flawed? In a world that suggests perfection exists, can we access peace?

Genital Drug Injection

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in In Excess
Genital drug injection appears to be a rare behaviour but there are a number of recorded cases in the medical literature. But what do we know about this extreme behaviour?

NatCon17 Is Coming and I’m Going on an Airplane!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in All About Addiction
It's hard to stay inspired in the field of behavioral health without exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking. National conferences like NatCon17 help remedy that.

How We Create Unnecessary Anxiety To Motivate Ourselves

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How being dependent on anxiety is holding you back.

Stop Enabling Your Adult Child: Revisited

Helping versus enabling a dependent adult child is often an emotionally charged topic. Here are some guiding principles to help.

10 Strategies for Developing Self-Control

Self-control strategies are considered key drivers of behavior change to promote healthier behavior.

Disney Research Pioneers New Frontiers Using Virtual Reality

Walt Disney researchers are fine-tuning virtual reality (VR) technologies that could be used to improve athletic performance and many other "proprioception-based" daily activities.

The Peril of Ignoring Personality in Politics and Society

By Stanton Peele on March 24, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People differ in their basic outlooks, personalities, and performance. While much social and psychological research supports this point of view, we ignore it -- disastrously.

Hyphephilia Explored and Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in In Excess
Hyphephilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, or fur. But what do we know about such tactile fetishistic behavior?