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Does Legalized Marijuana Result in More Teen Use?

Dueling data about whether or not legal marijuana increases teen use has led to a lot of confusion and scientific cherry picking.

6 Myths About Women and Addiction

While biology and circumstances affect who is at risk for addiction in both sexes, gender can shape how trauma, loss and family influence that risk.
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Erotica for Serial Killers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Despite debates over whether salacious imagery causes people to become violent, in some cases, it is clearly influential.
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Alcohol Causes Aggression. Can It Reduce Aggression Too?

Alcohol causes people to be more aggressive. But can drunk people be the least aggressive people in the room? Our research suggest that the answer is “yes.”

More Posts on Addiction

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.

Drug Use And Creativity

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in In Excess
A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.

Cutting Down on Drinking or Drugs the Natural Way

Is your drinking or drug use getting out of control? Natural supplements and other non-medication approaches can help.

A Teen's Journey of Their Own

By The Resilience Regiment on February 17, 2017 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with Paradigm Treatment Centers

Seeing the Whole Picture

By The Resilience Regiment on February 17, 2017 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks to Evolve Treatment Centers

Trumpaholics Anonymous

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Couch and Stage
An imagined group of Donald Trump addicts convenes in a church basement.

National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on February 16, 2017 in Sure Recovery
Why family-based recovery is important.

David Bowie's Life at the Extremes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in In Excess
David Bowie was one of the most interesting people that ever lived. With an ever-shifting persona he sometimes lived life at the extremes (addiction and an interest in the occult)

A Life-Pivoting Change of Identity

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
Hunger for pride can become dangerously addictive. Abandoning pride and being proud no matter what, don't solve it. Instead, change what you're proud of.

Addicted to Your Kid? Narcissism, Fear and Parenting

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on February 13, 2017 in Adoption Stories
It's possible for people to be addicted to other people—including their children.

Why Gaslighters Accuse You of Gaslighting

Gaslighters frequently accuse their victims of manipulating, cheating, and being addicted. Why do gaslighters do this, and why does this tactic work so well?

Sex And Water Fetishes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in In Excess
Water-based fetishes and paraphilias appear to be rare but there are various references to it in both the popular and academic literature. To find out more, read on.

My Daughter Has Been Rejecting Me for Years

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How to deal with rejection from your young adult daughter.
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How to Achieve Your Goals by Creating an Enemy

By Nir Eyal on February 09, 2017 in Automatic You
If used correctly, scapegoating can be a powerful tool for resisting temptation and sticking to hard goals.

Failure to Launch: What do we (mom & dad) do now?

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on February 08, 2017 in Healing and Growing
Helen and Bill were at their wits end with their son, Josh, 22. What can parents do to help young people struggling with adult life?
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A Web Site for the Heartbroken

By Robin Marantz Henig on February 08, 2017 in Cusp
Is romantic love a kind of addiction? And if it is, do other kinds of love -- such as the kind parents and grandparents feel -- make the same imprint on the human brain?

Why Do I Care What People Think?

By Kimberly Key on February 07, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Maslow said, "Sick people are made sick by a sick culture; healthy people are made possible by a healthy culture." Here's a test to help you discern your best road to health.

The Savior Complex

The term “Savior Complex” may have a positive connotation- however, when you learn more—it is clear that this behavior pattern may be problematic.
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What Advocates Can Do to Enhance Mental Health Care

What stops people who need mental health treatment from getting the support they need?
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Engage Your Brain for Mental Fitness Later in Life

By Richard Taite on February 03, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
What can you do to keep mentally fit as you age? Here are a few tips to consider.
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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.