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Cerebellum Stimulation Influences Frontal Cortex Functioning

Stimulating the cerebellum normalizes frontal cortex activity in lab rats with abnormal dopamine processing, a new study reports. These findings could have many human applications.

Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control.

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.

Is Your Relationship Toxic?

You may not realize your relationship is harming you or be able to leave. Find out the symptoms, whether there's hope for change, and steps you can put into action.

More Posts on Addiction


The Lure of the Special Occasion

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Science of Choice
Why is relapse so often preceded by the statement that this is a “special occasion”?

Will the Trump Family Come Unglued?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in BrainSnacks
Will we see the over-stressed Trump clan come unglued? And if so, what would be the impact on the presidency?

Treatment for Fibromyalgia: Nice Work When It Works

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
The commercials tell us it works. The studies say it works. And now the analyzers of the studies agree. If only it worked for everyone.

7 Truths If Someone You Love Is Addicted

Addiction can be overwhelming, especially to those on the outside looking in. Knowing what you’re dealing with helps.

What It’s Like Being a Guy with Binge Eating Disorder

It's important to remember that men endure eating disorders as well.
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How Medicaid’s Addiction Treatment Services Will Change

It is crucial that everyone be able to access quality addiction treatment, no matter their income.

Dealing with Ambition Addiction

By William Irwin Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in It’s Your Choice
The pursuit of a lofty height diminishes appreciation of the present state of affairs. We need to have a healthy relationship with ambition.

Excessive Knitting and Addiction

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in In Excess
Knitting has been the subject of academic interest bit what does the psychological literature say about excessive knitting as an addiction?

VA Says 68,000 Vets Addicted to Opioid Painkillers

By Eric Newhouse on January 23, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
Opioid painkillers are addictive, but the VA has been prescribing them to about a half million vets—and treating nearly 70,000 of them for addiction to their meds.
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Opposition to Medical Marijuana Research Fails Patients

By Richard Taite on January 20, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
The lack of adequate research into the medical uses and long-term health effects of marijuana as highlighted by the Academies’ report is hurting Americans.

Are We Using Technology to Avoid Ourselves?

Try though we may, we ultimately cannot outrun ourselves...

Opioid Abuse May Be Fueling a Heroin Epidemic

By Eric Newhouse on January 19, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
Prescriptions for painkillers like OxyContin have soared in recent years, then dropped way back. Some who became addicted to opioids are now believed to be turning to heroin.

Internet Addiction Can Land You in Detention Camp

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on January 18, 2017 in Am I Right?
I'm frustrated by my students' inability to put away their electronic devices. One country responds to the growing addiction.

Is Social Media Increasing ADHD?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Keep It in Mind
Social Media and ADHD: How technology is changing the way we pay attention to information

Skunk, Wax, and Edibles: What Marijuana Is Your Child Using?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on January 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
With increasing potency, modern forms of cannabis are "not your father's marijuana." What does that mean for kids?

Normalizing Drug Use

By Stanton Peele on January 17, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We have entered an era in which drug use is widespread and at the same it is viewed as unmanageable and uncontrollable. We need instead to accept and to regulate it.
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How Detoxification Will Improve Your Mental Health

Detoxification is an essential part of a prevention and treatment program for recovery of mental health, including PTSD, depression and addictions.
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What You Need to Know About Medication-Assisted Treatment

By Richard Taite on January 13, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
Decades of research shows that properly administered MAT is a safe, effective treatment option for substance abuse.

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

By The Book Brigade on January 12, 2017 in The Author Speaks
A prepared response or two and some handy acronyms are just a few of the devices to help those with ADD become masters of their own lives.

The Great National Opioid Mess

Not understanding how opioids really work is creating the next public health crisis.

Donald Trump and the 'Golden Showers' Allegations

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 12, 2017 in In Excess
Over the last day or so, stories have cited unverified claims that Donald Trump paid prostitutes to urinate in front of him. But what do we actually know about urophilia?

A Unified Theory of Trump

By John Montgomery Ph.D. on January 10, 2017 in The Embodied Mind
Trying to fully elucidate Donald Trump’s psychological pathologies is fast becoming a national pastime.
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How President Trump Can End the Nation’s Addiction Crisis

President-elect Trump is perfectly positioned to continue this work toward ending the spiral of ever-increasing substance abuse-related deaths.

Amino Acids reduce Alcohol Use, Intoxication and Withdrawal

Are you having problems cutting down drinking, resisting the urge to drink or managing unpleasant symptoms of alcohol withdrawal? Taking amino acids can help.

The Asian Scarlet Letter

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 08, 2017 in Minority Report
Asian shame can be mystifying to those on the outside but it is a very tangible experience for Asians. So what is it?

No, Dopamine is Not Addictive

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Dopamine does many things, but it’s not actually a rewarding drug in your brain
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Give Gratitude a Go

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in A Family Affair
Developing an attitude of gratitude can help family and friends deal with the challenges of addiction.
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Incorporating Mind-Body Therapies into Addiction Treatment

Mind-body therapies like meditation, acupuncture, and yoga have been practiced for thousands of years and offer practical methods to decrease stress levels and improve mood.

Patience: A Wise Response to Life

In today’s society, we have come to expect the instantaneous, the rapid, the quick, the get-it-done-right-now. We are simply impatient people.

The Misleading “Sexual Addiction” Label

The term “sexual addiction” carries misconceptions that can lead client and therapist down the wrong road