Essential Reads

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How Can You Know if You’re Depressed?

By Richard Taite on December 09, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Though we’ve come a long way in the treatment of mental illness, there still is not consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of even the most common metal illnesses.

Compulsive Spending: What You Need to Know

At a time of year when shopping is essentially a national tradition, it's important to understand when purchasing reaches compulsive levels.

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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Why We Hate Our Exes

Your craving for a dopamine fix that only your ex can provide can also make you angry and hateful toward the one person who is withholding your "drug" from you: your ex.

Mechanophilia Exposed and Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in In Excess
In a society where more people are spending more time with technology and machines, is there evidence that some people are sexually aroused by machines?
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The Secret Shift to Stop Suffering

Shifting from wants to preferences will lead to less suffering and more happiness.

The Drug Enforcement Agency Has the Wrong Priorities

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 15, 2016 in Saving Normal
The DEA should stop over-reacting to the relatively small safety risks of Kratom and pot and stop under-reacting to the daily tragedies caused by the opioid epidemic.

“Preventure” – A Program for Fighting Teen Addiction

By Elizabeth Wagele on November 15, 2016 in The Career Within You
Preventure has reduced binge drinking, frequent drug use and alcohol-related problems.

The True Outlaw Attraction of the Heartbreakers

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Brick by Brick
In 1975, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan joined Richard Hell and Walter Lure to form the Heartbreakers — “the first great punk rock supergroup.”

Denial and the Risky Business of the Unknown

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Your Future Self
How do we make our way in the world, especially with such uncertainty and when there’s so much beyond our control?

Why is Child Abuse on the Rise?

By Kimberly Key on November 10, 2016 in Counseling Keys
Child abuse is back on the rise. It's not from who you think it is...

The Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in In Excess
Fantasy sports have changed dramatically over the last few years and now include daily versions where people pay to play. But is it a form of gambling or a game of skill—or both?

The Gloataholics’ Binge Continues

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Ambigamy
Winaholics are people so addicted to feeling right and righteous that they'll turn everything upside down to feel that way.
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How Can Doctors End the Opioid Epidemic?

But are doctors really empowered to end the opioid addiction crisis, or are we setting them up for failure?

I'm Confused About My Feelings Toward My Mothers

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
Handling feelings toward biological and adoptive moms

Consumption and Disposability

Are hook-up dating apps similar to eating disorders in their attempts to fix psychological ailments?

Box Set Bingeing (Revisited)

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in In Excess
Research into 'box set bingeing' (watching a whole TV series in one sitting) has grown over the last few years and now there is a new psychometric scale that assesses it.
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Legalizing Marijuana

By Richard Taite on November 01, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
In addition to choosing a president this November 8th, nine states have marijuana legalization on the ballot this election day.

Ancient Wisdom Can Help Loved Ones Deal With Addiction

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in A Family Affair
Do your thoughts, words, and actions harm your relationship with your loved ones? Changing can help you and your loved one better navigate the addiction journey.

Why We Can Get Obsessed With People Who Don't Want Us

Why do we have so much trouble letting go of people who reject us?

I Love You to Death

Parents will often do anything to help their teen, even if it means unintentionally enabling a drug problem.

Behind the Mask: Drunk on Halloween

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in All About Addiction
e all know that Halloween can be a lot of fun, but how do we get to enjoy it without being part of the alcohol, drug and violence problems that seem to go with this holiday?

Cognitive Dissonance and Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Science of Choice
Cognitive dissonance is a case of detecting our own hypocrisy, and hypocrisy is a powerful motivation for finding justifications (excuses) for our action.

You've Stopped Using, So Why is Your Brain Still Craving?

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on October 28, 2016 in Real Healing
Recovery from addiction is not just about no longer using your "drug of choice." Your brain needs special care during recovery.

Addicted to Your Phone? Science Has Good News.

Our addiction to mobile technology sends us into frenzies of highs, lows, and longings. Science and mindfulness training have good news, weird answers, and a solution.

America’s Opioid Epidemic

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in Side Effects
In the battle against opioid addiction, court-released documents show drug makers deliberately blocked efforts to curb prescribing.

Halloween and Fancy Dress

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in In Excess
Halloween is around the corner and many people will be in fancy dress on October 31st. But what do we know about the psychology of dressing up more generally?
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Vote Yes for Medical or Recreational Marijuana Legalization

We have to think about patient choice as well as public health and safety when deciding what to do about marijuana legalization.
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Nutrition in Recovery from Addiction

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Food Junkie
From a public health perspective, the addiction problem appears to be relentless with substances of abuse increasing in potency. Meanwhile highly accessible and highly palatable fo
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Pharmaceutical Lobbyists Are Fighting Pricing Regulations

By Richard Taite on October 25, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), has long been one of the biggest and most powerful lobbies in Washington.

Promising to Stop Addictive Behavior Is a Very Bad Idea

By Lance Dodes M.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Heart of Addiction
It's common for people suffering with an addiction to tell others, or even themselves, "I promise I'll stop (my addictive behavior)." But it's a disaster waiting to happen.

It's Time to Legalize Marijuana: A Public Health Perspective

Whether it's legal or not, kids are going to use cannabis. Do we really want them to see the police as the enemy and throw them in jail?
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How Our Next President Could Fight the Opioid Epidemic

In this election cycle, ending the opioid epidemic comes down to technique.