Essential Reads

Understanding Addiction With Electronic Registries

Disruptive technology with a $40 per patient clinical trial price tag.

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

Although still prevalent, the disease model has outlived its usefulness.

Family-based Programs for Substance Abusing Teen Girls

How can we stem the growing trend of substance abuse in girls?

The Mysteries of Habit

Neuroscience studies reveal why some behaviors are so difficult to change

Recent Posts on Addiction

Addicts and Non-Addicts: The New Odd Couple

By Amy Dresner on November 13, 2015 Coming Clean
Want a reality check about your addiction? Date outside the recovery circle.

Ambivalence in Addiction

The Latin word "addictum" once described the length of time an indentured slave had to serve. The person who served that sentence was the "addict." The etymology means “bound to”—just as many of us are hopelessly bound to our screens.

Are You an Achievement-Addicted Person?

There is nothing wrong with the desire to achieve, but if it interferes with other aspects of our lives, we may be "achievement-addicted" and need some balance. So what is achievement-addiction?

Can Bargain Hunting Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 11, 2015 In Excess
A growing number of articles in the print media have claimed that bargain hunting can be addictive for a small minority. But what does the scientific literature say and isn't this just another form of 'shopaholism'?

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.

5 Easy Tools to Resist the Urge of Bad Habits

By Rubin Khoddam on November 10, 2015 The Addiction Connection
Substance use treatment isn't always about one's drug of choice, but it's about behavior change. And here are 5 simple tools to help us learn ways of facilitate the behavior change.

Why Are So Many American Youth Abusing Adderall?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 08, 2015 Saving Normal
ADHD meds are the most dangerous legal drugs among young people in college and high school.

My Visit to an Extreme Hoarder

By Barry Yourgrau on November 07, 2015 Mess
I was, at last, in hoarding Valhalla: ghastly, derelict, oppressive, aesthetically astounding, most piles and surfaces grayed with dust.,

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 Design on My Mind
Secrets produce an often invisible but lasting trail of debris.

Addiction and Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on November 05, 2015 A Swim in Denial
In video clip on Facebook a presidential campaigner promises prospective voters in a New Hampshire tavern that he favors treatment for addiction. Within a day or two, more than two million people called attention to the clip. What's the magic?

10 Signs You’re Addicted to Online Shopping

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on November 04, 2015 Urban Survival
How do you know if your online shopping is becoming a problem? Here are 10 signs to watch out for.

Why Are So Many Middle-Aged White Americans Dying Young?

Why are so many middle-aged white Americans self-destructing?

Family-based Programs for Substance Abusing Teen Girls

For those who are concerned about substance abuse in young girls

A Mother’s Nightmare

Read about H.R. 2646 a bill working through its way through Congress, introduced by Tim Murphy, Ph.D., the only psychologist in Congress, that aims to provide real solutions for America’s broken mental health system.

Can Flying Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 04, 2015 In Excess
There are a few papers in the academic literature that have proposed the idea of ‘binge flying’ and ‘flying addiction’. But can constant flying ever be viewed as a genuine addiction?

With Or Without You

By Kristi Pikiewicz Ph.D. on November 03, 2015 Meaningful You
Here's how to work on your relationship even if your partner won't join you.

Why Is It So Easy to Slip Back into Bad Habits?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 03, 2015 Think, Act, Be
The right and wrong tracks of our lives run in parallel, and we can move between them faster than we think.

Suboxone and Methadone Maintenance Therapy

As a father, my heart belongs to my children. As the owner of an addiction treatment center, my thoughts are with my clients and how to help them return to their families

Sex Positive vs. Sex Negative

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on November 02, 2015 Minority Report
In therapeutic circles you might hear a therapist tell you they are "sex positive" as way to indicate their stance on treating issues related to sex. But what does this mean when it comes to issues related to clients with sexually compulsive behaviors? Are sex addiction therapists just prudish people against sexual fetishes and other behaviors?

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.

Why Is Sex in Marriage Such a Big Deal?

The problem with sex today is that it's getting out of control

Blowing the Bugles for Buccal Buprenorphine

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 31, 2015 Overcoming Pain
Belbuca. It is indicated for the treatment of chronic pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment, in the patient for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.

What Causes Out-Of-Control Eating?

Food cravings affect millions of Americans but for some, these cravings may be an indication of an addictive relationship with food.

The Dangers of Opioid-Replacement Therapies

Life on opioids is a cruel existence in which drug seeking, withdrawal sickness, and the constant specter of overdose are ever present.

The Power of Matter-of-Fact Compassion

The Resilience Regiment speaks with DayRise Recovery.

The Continuum of Care

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Valley Hope Association.

Do We Really Always Fall Off the Wagon?

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

Emerging From the Veil of Addiction

When self-medication winds its way into compulsive dependence, we disappear behind a veil that leaves us in a sort of social and emotional suspended animation and, when we reemerge, we find we are right where we started.

A Curious Case of Depression

A young adult male comes in reporting weight loss, fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, and depression so severe he's requesting "shock therapy." Where does one begin with such difficult cases?

Book Review: Staci Sprout’s Naked in Public

The most important aspect of Naked in Public is that it presents a very real and much needed look at the pain and darkness of female sexual compulsivity, coupled with an equally real and necessary message of hope. Staci Sprout’s story is proof positive that recovery, healing, and a better life are possible.