Essential Reads

Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 16, 2016 in Saving Normal
The potential list of behavioral addictions can conceivably expand to include almost every area of activity that people feel passionate about.

The Myth of the Addictive Personality

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in In Excess
The concept of 'addictive personality' is often used to explain addictive behaviour. This article argues that the concept of addictive personality is a complete myth.
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Yes, It Is Time to Finally Move on From Sex Addiction

A new clinical model for the treatment of out of control sexual behavior appears to suggest that the sex addiction model is approaching its expiration date.

Addiction as a Family Affliction

The addiction of a loved one brings up many difficult questions and may leave you feeling like you are riding an emotional rollercoaster you can’t get off.

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Prescription Drugs and Malpractice: A Lethal Combination

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Prescription drug addiction and medical negligence create a “perfect storm” of corruption, misery and death in the U.S.

Documentary Film Tells Story of Race, Drugs and Baseball

Dock Ellis: High-flying baseball icon or survivor of drug dependence?

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

A recent study from Stanford University found that being a smoker has detrimental impacts on new employment opportunities and wage earning.

Tattoos and Sexual Attraction

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 13, 2016 in In Excess
Scientific studies on women’s tattoos tend to show that most people view them negatively. But does that include sexual attraction?

6 Reasons We Keep Playing the Lottery

By Kevin Bennett on April 12, 2016 in Modern Minds
Why do we keep playing when we know we shouldn't? The very long odds of winning the lottery don't seem to keep people from spending money.

How to Maintain Hope for the Addict in Your Life

Addiction treatment works, but you have to do the work of finding the highest quality care you can that appropriately meets the addict’s specific needs.

Is Alcohol or Drug Abuse Taking a Toll on Your Digestion?

Recovery from drugs and alcohol is a difficult process. A healthy diet and attention to gut health can improve mood, response to stress and may reduce risk for relapse.
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Incredible Edibles

Food drugs carry special risks, and marijuana is no exception.

What Parents Need to Know about Underage Drinking

As a parent, your actions have to match your words. It is relatively easy to be a positive role model.

How to Protect Yourself from Fentanyl Overdose

Overdose happens fast and death is irreversible.

What Horses And Genes Are Teaching Us About Addiction

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in Good Thinking
Three genes have been implicated in addiction to marijuana. Here is how horses can help us understand what that means.

Alcoholism and Shame

Throughout my personal and professional experiences working with active and sober alcoholics I have noted a theme: shame.

The Day My Friend Took Adderall Before a Track Meet

During the warm-up I remember making a comment about how he looked locked in and he replied, “thanks, I scored some Adderall for the first time to give me an extra boost too.”

Is Porn Really the Problem?

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on April 07, 2016 in The Third Wave
Does watching porn affect young men's virility?

Vorarephilia and Being Eaten for Sexual Pleasure

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 07, 2016 in In Excess
Vorarephilia is a sexual paraphilia in which people are sexually aroused by the idea of being eaten. But what do we know psychologically about this rare sexual behavior?

Childhood Abuse

Is your dysfunctional childhood ruining your life?

Rosemary O'Connor on Women in Recovery

The future of mental health interview series continues with Rosemary O'Connor on women in recovery.

Depression and the Power of Influence

The critical distinction between influence and control makes all the difference to positive self esteem.
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Eliminating Functional Hypoglycemia to Stabilize Mood

Recently, bipolar disease has become the diagnosis du jour, but without eliminating hypoglycemia as a cause of mood cycling, an accurate diagnosis cannot be made.

Struggling With Sex

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 04, 2016 in Minority Report
How can a 30-year-old man have erectile dysfunction? How much of this is related to his compulsive masturbation to pornography?
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Can Someone Be Homosexual and Not Gay?

Many men, especially those who are married and experiencing same-sex attraction, are unwilling to accept the label "gay," and prefer "homosexual" instead. Here's why.

Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in A Family Affair
Is the stress of loving someone who abuses alcohol and drugs harming you? A few mini-relaxation techniques can help quiet your busy mind.

Don't Let Your Feelings Become Infected

By Rubin Khoddam on March 31, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
Our minds can get infected as easily as our bodies. When we let our feelings fester and never address the root cause, a psychological infection occurs.

A Blood Test to Diagnose Depression?

Understanding the biological roots of depression can produce faster diagnosis and better treatment options.

People, Places, and Things That Trigger Drug Use

By Rubin Khoddam on March 30, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
We know how powerful drug cravings can be, but we often fail to realize how our environments also shape and influence our cravings.

Is There One Best Way to Quit Smoking?

By Meg Selig on March 30, 2016 in Changepower
How best to quit smoking? The real key to terminating any bad habit is surprising...and it's not something research alone can tell you.

Gaming to Death

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 30, 2016 in In Excess
Over the past 18 months, there have been a number of gaming-related deaths. But what is it that makes gaming so compulsive and addictive?

Compassionate Pathways to Sobriety

The Resilience Regiment talks to Solid Landings Behavioral Health

The Path to Serenity

A conversation with James Marshall III, COO at Serenity Springs

Trauma Survivors and the Lifetime Channel

Understand why violent media programming draws trauma survivors to "binge-watch" episodes and how, as a clinician, you can intervene in this negative behavior.