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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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Ketamine: The New Wonder Drug for Depression

Ketamine could be our first real wonder drug for the treatment of serious depression. But how does it work exactly?

My Meetings in Vancouver—this one with Tony Robbins

By Stanton Peele on March 21, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We are forever caught in this dilemma in our psychological theory and practice -- trauma as a lifelong cross we bear, resilience and optimism as our guiding lights.

The New Prohibition: The Hip Culture Wants You to Abstain

By Stanton Peele on March 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People encouraging others to quit drinking in the active neoTemperance movement have a heavy lift. Oh, and nondrinkers don't live as long and have less fun. So why do they do it?

A Blended Approach to Health

The Resilience Regiment speaks to Sierra Tucson

Are Tattoos Addictive?

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Do tattoos trigger craving for more?

Readers' Views About Porn and Relationships

In 2012, I began asking Psychology Today readers about how pornography is influencing their relationships. You might be surprised by what they shared.

Is Your Adult Child a Narcissist?

Is your adult child really a narcissist or more like the center of your universe? If so, why is he or she the focus of your life? Is there something you are avoiding?

The Solution to the Opioid Crisis

By Stanton Peele on March 16, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We struggle in the night to remedy opioid addiction, and in our thrashing about simply double down on the same old assumptions and failed solutions. Here is the answer instead.
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Behavioral Addiction

There is little doubt that the Internet is resulting in problematic behavior. But should we treat that behavior as an addiction—and can we define behavioral addiction?
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The Downside of Financial Nudges

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 15, 2017 in Scientocracy
We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.

Why Does Self-Help Fail?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 15, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Is self-help failing you? If you don't know why, and you do want it to work, learn how to help yourself in ways which succeed.

Connecting With Teens So They Can Thrive and Ultimate

The Resilience Regiment speaks with The Lotus Collaborative

Screens or People?

Is multi-tasking wearing you out? Does electronic contact make you feel both closer and more disconnected from others?

The Health Care Crisis and the Addiction Crisis Are the Same

By Stanton Peele on March 10, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Our nineteenth-century ideas (based on a free-market economy and temperance) are ruining, both our health-care proposals and our approach to addiction policy and treatment.

Physical Activity May Be a Drug-Free Elixir for Chronic Pain

Lower levels of sedentary behavior and higher levels of physical activity may be critical for maintaining effective endogenous pain inhibitory function, according to a new study.

Sex and the Internet

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in In Excess
The Internet has enabled people’s engagement in a wide variety of online sexual behaviours. For a small minority, such behaviors may take on addictive qualities.

Therapy Adventures

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on March 07, 2017 in Minority Report
Have you ever experienced the transformational power of nature? If so, imagine how nature can act as the backdrop to healing, inspiration, and transformation when combined with...

Is Gabor Maté Sacrosanct?

By Stanton Peele on March 06, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Gabor Maté's trauma-based approach to addiction, and his workshops, have their own traumatizing effects.

I'm Caught Between Two Men

What to consider when selecting a partner.
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Thoreau: The Video Game

A video game based on "Walden" offers a virtual walk in the woods, even as it contradicts the spirit of Thoreau's book.

After Cheating: Restoring Relationship Trust

After so many lies and secrets, can trust ever be restored?

Tickling Fetishism Explored

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in In Excess
Arguably one of the most obscure paraphilias is knismophilia (sexual arousal from tickling). This post explores tickling fetishes by examining online resources about the behavior.

10 Warning Signs of a Problem with Alcohol

Small changes in behavior may point to bigger troubles with alcohol.

Did I Quit Drugs to Die from Smoking?

People in recovery often turn to cigarettes to help them cope, raising their risk of health complications from nicotine addiction.

The Neuroscience of Wanting and Pleasure

If you feel like you are running out of steam, it is OK! Motivation goes up and down. If the tide was high all the time, we would fail to see the beauty of calm oceans.

Celebrate Progress

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is perfection getting in the way of helping your loved one? Focus on progress instead.

Sex Addiction 101

By The Book Brigade on February 23, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Despite the debate whether sex addiction is a “real” disorder, many people struggle with problematic sexual behavior. There are ways to break free of compulsive sexual behavior.
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Can Addiction Start in the ER?

Is the opioid epidemic jump-started in the Emergency Room?
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10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Science of Choice
The following list identifies several important behavioral patterns associated with addiction.

Jonezen Finds His Frequency

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Brick by Brick
The music of Christopher Richard Jones – better known as the Hip Hop artist Jonezen – has been connecting.