Essential Reads

Sober Dating + Sober Sex = Less Drug and Alcohol Relapse

What should recovering alcoholics and former drug addicts keep in mind when pursuing romantic relationships?

When Pleasure Fantasies Cause Distress, What Can You Do?

By Meg Selig on January 21, 2016 in Changepower
Blissful daydreams and fantasies can be fun and helpful...unless their dark side takes control.

3 Reasons We Mourn Celebrity Deaths

By Deborah Carr Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 in Bouncing Back
Farewell, Bowie. Why it's perfectly normal (and even healthy) to mourn celebrity deaths.

Forensic Misuse of Sex Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 in Women Who Stray
Despite sex addiction not being an accepted diagnosis, people keep trying to use it as a way to stay out of jail, keep their kids, or to hang onto their career.

More Posts on Addiction

People Are Dying en Masse from Our Approach to Addiction

By Stanton Peele on December 23, 2015 Addiction in Society
Should the National Institute on Drug Use be less boastful of our effectiveness in attacking addiction through the chronic brain disease model of addiction?

How to Spot Depression in Children

Left untreated, teenage depression can lead to problems at home and school, drug abuse, self-loathing, homicidal violence or suicide.

The Destructive Power of Borderline Personality Disorder

The turbulence and trauma of borderline personality disorder make self-harm and suicide attempts frighteningly common. But recovery is common, too.

I'm Not A Broken Toy Anymore!

By Amy Dresner on December 20, 2015 Coming Clean
Still in the "addict" bin even though you've been sober for years? I get it.

What Community-Based Addiction Treatment Looks Like

By Stanton Peele on December 20, 2015 Addiction in Society
While addiction treatment has become more intensive/expensive and centered around residential stays, the most effective way to deliver addiction services is to make access easier.

The Dirty (Loud) Secret Behind Mass Gun Violence

Killers shoot for prime time, and we won't give up our infotainment

How to Survive Your Office Holiday Party

Remember, it is a work activity. There are very, very, VERY few jobs where it is ever socially acceptable to be drunk.

Our Consumer Culture’s Double Bind for Hoarders

By Barry Yourgrau on December 17, 2015 Mess
One image that neatly distills how profoundly mixed are the messages about over-acquisition in our society.

Betting To The Beat

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 17, 2015 In Excess
The effect of music has been studied extensively in commercial contexts but what does the psychological literature tell us about the effect of music on gambling behaviour?

4 Things You Should Know about the Changing Face of Heroin

While there are certain demographic groups statistically at a higher risk for heroin abuse, an implicit conclusion from the CDC’s study is clear: now more than ever, anyone can bec

Overcoming the Holiday Blues

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on December 14, 2015 A Family Affair
It isn't all "ho, ho, ho" for loved ones during the holiday season. Here are a few suggestions for overcoming the holiday blues.

Learning from Scott Weiland’s Death

The best way close family members and friends can encourage someone in recovery is to learn more about their addiction and any physical or psychological disorders.

4 Ways to Be There for Someone Recovering from Addiction

Be patient. All paths to recovery take time, and each person’s recovery will look different.

Coping with Traumatic Events without Turning to Substances

Be tolerant. People react in different ways to disasters and traumatic events. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond.

The Elderly and Substance Abuse During the Holidays

Older adults are more likely to drink or use drugs at home, privately rather than in public.

What Makes Teenagers Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 09, 2015 Media Spotlight
A new research study examines the role of psychological distress in drug use for a large sample of Australian adolescents. The results provides clues for treatment and prevention

Psychology And Competitive Gaming

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 09, 2015 In Excess
If a player can make a career from video gaming, this raises interesting questions about whether such excessive activity could be a gaming addiction or workaholism.

What Can Help College Students Who Flood Counseling Centers?

Why are anxiety, anger, depression and addictive habits plaguing so many college students? It may have to do in part with the prescriptions for pills that they bring with them.

Recovery (like Addiction) Relies on Neuroplasticity

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on December 07, 2015 Addicted Brains
Recovery requires changes in thinking and feeling — which rely on brain change or "neuroplasticity." Luckily, plasticity is a fundamental feature of the human brain.

Understanding Self-Destructive (Dysregulated) Behaviors

Have you ever realized that one of your behaviors was causing you harm – but been unable to stop the behavior?

Sex Addiction is About Morality, Not Sex

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 05, 2015 Women Who Stray
Study after study finds that sex addiction is about a moral conflict over sexuality, not about frequency of sex behaviors.

Losing my Erection

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 05, 2015 Minority Report
Part of sexual addiction recovery for men is going to feel like they're "losing their erections". Part of it is allowing the body to reset to a healthier sexual baseline.

Yes I Believe in God. Except When I Don’t

By Anna David on December 05, 2015 After Party Chat
You could say my recovery has basically been a vacillation between having a strong spiritual connection and none at all.

How Dana Fuchs Found Her True Voice

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 04, 2015 Brick by Brick
Dana Fuchs, known for her roles in Love, Janis and Across the Universe, shares how she has heals herself and others through music.

Small Decisions and Their Unexpected Consequences

Choices that create an undesirable way of life are made one day at a time.

Shocking Sex Lives

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 03, 2015 In Excess
There are many published case reports of autoerotic deaths of people who have died in strange sexual circumstances. This article looks at electrophilia (arousal from electricity).

8 Ways Carly Simon's Memoir Is a Psychological Tour de Force

Carly Simon's riveting new book, 'Boys in the Trees: A Memoir,' deconstructs a wide range of complex psychological dynamics with fearlessness, wisdom, and grace.

Masturbation or "Master"-bation

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 02, 2015 Minority Report
Clients in recovery from sex addiction invariably ask about masturbation. What is healthy or unhealthy? It can be very confusing, shaming, especially within Christian circles.

Sex Addiction: Myths vs. Reality

The vast majority of properly trained sex addiction therapists recognize that sexual addiction is defined by out-of-control behaviors that are causing negative consequences.