Essential Reads

Understanding Addiction With Electronic Registries

Disruptive technology with a $40 per patient clinical trial price tag.

What's Wrong with Treating the "Disease" of Addiction?

Although still prevalent, the disease model has outlived its usefulness.

Family-based Programs for Substance Abusing Teen Girls

How can we stem the growing trend of substance abuse in girls?

The Mysteries of Habit

Neuroscience studies reveal why some behaviors are so difficult to change

Recent Posts on Addiction

Why the DSM is Blind to the Real Cost of Marijuana Abuse

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on October 27, 2015 Ironshrink
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders measures symptoms, but marijuana abuse doesn't include many of the DSM's favorite symptoms. The real cost is something the DSM cannot quantify.

Making Progress in Writing and Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on October 27, 2015 A Family Affair
Is co-dependency driving you crazy? Like a writer you can revise your behavior and produce a better draft of yourself.

Top Apps for Your Mental Health

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2015 How To Do Life
SmartPhone apps and YouTube channels that can help you with anxiety, habit formation, depression, addiction, OCD, even suicide.

Breathwork as a Treatment for Addiction?

By Amy Dresner on October 26, 2015 Coming Clean
Just Breathe! Breathwork for Addiction.

Recovery for Self or Spouse

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 26, 2015 Minority Report
If your partner or loved one is in recovery from an addiction how do you know it's a real change or someone trying to change because of you? An addict's recovery will never be true if it's to keep the relationship together. While that may be a result of the therapy but if it's the main reason then it's likely this person is mainly committed to the relationship.

4 Ways to Curb Halloween Candy Highs and Rethink the Myth

Is the sugar high we see at Halloween really just a myth?

Sex Scandals, Dirty Laundry, and What It Says About Us

What does it say about a society when 37 million individuals are actively seeking an affair? Perhaps we have a bigger problem than we realize.

How Dieters Can Make Halloween More About Treats Than Tricks

By Gregg McBride on October 24, 2015 The Weight-ing Game
Hear that scream? That's not an extra from The Walking Dead or someone watching a scary movie marathon. That's me walking near the candy aisle while at the grocery store during this time of year. And like me, many of us with a dieter's mentality fear Halloween with the same kind of dread we do a visit to the dentist or getting on the scale after a weekend binge.

Is Addiction About Pleasure?

Pleasure has been confused with addiction for the last 5000 years. The reason for this is that common forms of addiction, like drinking alcohol, taking other drugs, gambling, and seeking sex, are often pleasurable. But the notion that addiction is about pleasure is completely wrong.

Why Have Marijuana Use Disorders Doubled in the Past Decade?

A new study has found that marijuana use and "cannabis use disorders" among adults have doubled in the past decade? What is causing these cannabis-related statistics to skyrocket?

Seven Warning Signs of Serious Alcohol Dependency

Eventually, if you keep up these behaviors, you will develop noticeable mental and physical changes indicating that you need to consider finding professional help.

How to Address Using Adderall and Ritalin as Study Aids

It is estimated that about a quarter of college students use Adderall or Ritalin as study aids in college.

Lessons on Addiction: Learned and Not Yet Learned

Even away from reality show lights, Lamar Odom could not escape the glare of public scrutiny. Although there are well documented facts about the disease of addiction, which are important topics of discussion on television shows to make the public aware, that, in and of itself, is not a license to speculate or surmise facts about ndividuals who suffer from addiction.

Dhat Syndrome Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 22, 2015 In Excess
One of the more unusual 'culture bound sundromes' is dhat syndrome, typically located in the Indian sub-continent (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladash). Dhat syndrome comprises various psychological, somatic and sexual symptoms particularly psychological distress and anxiety related to perceived semen-loss. But what else do we know about it from a psychological perspective?

5 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity and Courage in the Workplace

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on October 21, 2015 Curious?
Results from the new Merck survey of 2,606 United States workers on the state of curiosity in the workplace. Learn about the 5 big barriers to curiosity at work. Learn 5 strategies for training companies, leaders, and employees to become more curious, courageous, and creative.

How Therapy Can Help Exercise Addicts, Part I

When you're addicted to exercise or struggling with an eating disorder, what does "opening up to what's going on inside of you" entail?

The Role of the Brain in Love and Relationship Dependency

Have you trained your brain to want dependent relationships? Understanding the factors – emotional and physical – that contribute to certain behaviors, either within a single relationship or within a relationship revolving door, are important.

What is an Addiction?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 20, 2015 Minority Report
The clinical and therapeutic communities have come a long way in understanding addictions yet questions still persist as to the root causes of addictions. Is it a disease rooted in genetics and/or biology, is it a disorder of mental or psychological suffering, or is it one of depravity where the origin is of a spiritual issue? The answer depends.

Behaviors Commom to Spouses of Male Sex Addicts

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 20, 2015 Minority Report
Women of male sex addicts come into treatment so wounded they have no reference point of "normal" behaviors. To keep some semblance of control they may go to extreme sexual or emotional dependency without realizing how these behaviors are impacting their own health and recovery. Are you aware of what's healthy or unhealthy if you are in a similar situation?

What Really Happens When a Couple Splits

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 19, 2015 Ambigamy
Why do exes say such harsh things about each other? Why, in breakups of all kinds do we go from being able to do no wrong to being able to do no right? After years of harmonizing stories, breakups lead us to tell divergent stories.

3 Signs That Your Relationship with Exercise is Unhealthy

Are you a slave to the treadmill? How to tell if your relationship to exercise is problematic.

Workover: Alcoholic, 60, Unemployed 4 Years Seeks New Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 18, 2015 How To Do Life
The coming downgrading of medical care creates easy-entry health care careers.

Five Things to Know About Recovery From Alcohol or Drugs

Do not give up; there is always hope.

The Science of Addiction and Recovery

Common sense says that something becomes addictive because of its intrinsically powerful attraction. Johann Hari and other have shown that this is wrong, and that the context is crucial. By context they mean the history of emotional abuse, neglect, and isolation. Recovery groups, at their best, work because they provide a contradictory context of love and community

Web-Based Programs May Help Reduce Teen Substance Abuse

Can the problem of underage drinking be successfully tackled?

Binge Drinking

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 16, 2015 A Sideways View
Alcohol consumption and addiction is the result of many psychological and social factors. Why do some young people manage moderate and healthy alcohol consumption while others binge drink regularly endangering their own and others health?

Six Things Not to Ask or Say to Someone in Recovery

The words you use hold power, the power to encourage or send someone right off the wagon. To someone who is recovering from an addiction your acceptance and support is important, but so is respect for their feelings and their struggle with the newness of recovery.

Two Serious Issues New Therapists Miss

By Kimberly Key on October 15, 2015 Counseling Keys
Depression rates for American adults increased from 3.33 percent to 7.06 percent from 1991 through 2002 and is considered a worldwide epidemic by the World Health Organization. Highly comorbid with this are two serious issues (suicide and addiction) that therapists often miss.

Do Long-Acting Opioids Fight Addiction?

Some doctors prescribe long-acting opioids for their patients as an alternative to a large amount of short- or fast-acting painkillers. One reason the drugs were developed was to curb misuse of their fast-acting counterparts, which are more likely to be abused — recreationally or otherwise — and lead to addiction. But the problem is complex.

The Sexpert Chronicles: Profile of an Infidelity Expert

Alex sits down with Dr. Tammy Nelson to discuss "the new monogamy", erotic integrity and treating infidelity in sex therapy.