Essential Reads

Risk of Relapse to Alcohol Drops After 5 Years of Sobriety

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on July 18, 2016 in Neuraptitude
New research reveals that a former alcoholic's risk of relapse after 5 years of sobriety is about the same as the risk of developing alcoholism in the general US population.

New Research Asks, “Does Why You Look at Porn Matter?”

A new study links “escapist porn use” to negative life consequences.

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Why You Can’t Get Enough Sugar

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 11, 2016 in Cravings
There are many reasons why you crave sugary foods, and just as many reasons why you cave into your cravings.

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3 Mistakes Parents Make by NOT Considering Boarding School

When your kid's in danger, you may have to take drastic steps. Boarding school can be a new beginning.

Excessive Email Use and How to Curb It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 19, 2016 in In Excess
Email use and excessive checking of emails has become an integral activity in many people's lives. This blog is my guide to curbing email use to make it more manageable.
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What to Look for in an Addiction Treatment Center

I very often get letters from frustrated, frightened parents of grown children who are addicts.

Focus on Older Adults: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 16 - 22 is Older Adult Mental Health Week. Depression, elder abuse and substance abuse/addiction are compromising the health and well-being of our older adult population.
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The Power of Positive Self-Talk

One of the ways to recognize, promote, and sustain optimism, hope, and joy is to intentionally fill our thoughts with positive self-talk.

Busyness As Usual—How to Know When to Stop (Part 1)

By Gregg Levoy on May 16, 2016 in Passion!
'Occupation' refers to both work and to being 'taken over.' Here's how to know when one turns into the other, and the imperative of knowing when to knock off.
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8 Steps for Solving the Opioid Addiction Epidemic in the US

Opioid use, abuse and deaths are now considered a US epidemic, from Prince to the man on the street. Integrated services may be part of the solution.
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More than Proof: Four Facts We Might Add to Liquor Labels

Labels provide consumers with need-to-know information about the product they are about to consume.
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3 Challenges Obesity and Drug Addiction Share

Accepting people who want help for who they are without conditions is the first step toward building a community we can all enjoy together.

What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Addiction Can Hurt You

Your family physician isn’t required to learn much of anything about how substance use disorders work, and that can mean less chance of recovery

Stop Dating the Wrong Person

What is it about unhealthy relationship patterns that keep us stuck in a rut? You may be addicted to bad relationships.

Where Is This Generation Headed and How Screwed Are We?

By Mendi Baron on May 12, 2016 in On the Verge
Where are our teens headed? How perspective can shape the future

No Birth Control? Then No Alcohol

How responsible is a woman who consumes alcohol not knowing she’s pregnant?

Adrenaline Addiction

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 12, 2016 in How To Do Life
Powerful pluses and minuses, and ways to control it.
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Is Your Son or Daughter Being Tutored by Amphetamines?

It is becoming common for high school students to use amphetamines to study. Here is what can be done about it.

I Am a Thin Person in an Obese Body. Not.

By Mark Borigini M.D. on May 07, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
Climbing out of the quicksand of slow metabolism.
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3 Ways Parenting Can Improve Your Addiction Recovery

Even when you think you’re at your worst, as a parent in recovery, you’re still modeling for your child what it takes to be a responsible adult trying to build the best future.
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3 Ways Drug Possession Decriminalization Fights Addiction

Decriminalizing drug possession & providing greater funding for evidence-based treatment in every part of the nation would improve our communities, making them healthier and safer.
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Be Here Now: Five Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

Mental illness can distort your perspective of the world around you as well as how you see yourself.

Are Tattered American Dreams Destroying Our Nation's Psyche?

Why are Americans self-destructing in record numbers? Tattered American Dreams and malcontent may be driving our nation's suicide epidemic and opioid addictions.

Stacking the Odds in Favor of the Future

The Resilience Regiment talks to Desert Hope
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Talking to Killers

A former prison psychologist painstakingly interviews two child serial killers whose sexual fantasies formed an unrelenting addiction.

Where Do You Go After Trust Has Been Broken?

You don't have to resort to spying or testing your partner. Decide how you want to live and live that way.

Marijuana for Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on May 04, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The historians tell us that, as early as 5,000 years ago, Chinese texts documented the medicinal benefits of Cannabis sativa extracts unrelated to its psychoactive properties.

Eating Disorder, Sexual Paraphilia or Something Else?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in In Excess
Zoophagia is the practice of eating live animals and/or drinking their blood. But what do we know about this rare human behaviour?

Does Going on a Digital Fast Make Sense?

The answer depends on how you see your relationship with technology.

Three Phases of Addiction

Strong evidence suggests that addiction is a brain disease. Three stages of addiction involving changes in specific brain regions have been elucidated.

Don’t Just Say ‘NO’ to Drugs – Say ‘YES’ to Life

Want to protect your kids from drugs? See how putting them in extracurricular activities can help!

Facebook Free: Aftermath

Are there benefits from taking a break from social media?

The Neuroscience of Binge Drinking

What drives people to binge drink? Groundbreaking research has identified the brain mechanics of binge drinking and pinpointed a way to 'put the brakes' on binge drinking.