Essential Reads

Can Playing Pinball Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in In Excess
Does pinball addiction exist? Only one academic paper has ever been published on pinball addiction (a case study) and this blog takes a look at that paper in more detail.

Sober Dating + Sober Sex = Less Drug and Alcohol Relapse

What should recovering alcoholics and former drug addicts keep in mind when pursuing romantic relationships?

When Pleasure Fantasies Cause Distress, What Can You Do?

By Meg Selig on January 21, 2016 in Changepower
Blissful daydreams and fantasies can be fun and helpful...unless their dark side takes control.

3 Reasons We Mourn Celebrity Deaths

By Deborah Carr Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 in Bouncing Back
Farewell, Bowie. Why it's perfectly normal (and even healthy) to mourn celebrity deaths.

More Posts on Addiction

Losing my Erection

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 05, 2015 Minority Report
Part of sexual addiction recovery for men is going to feel like they're "losing their erections". Part of it is allowing the body to reset to a healthier sexual baseline.

Yes I Believe in God. Except When I Don’t

By Anna David on December 05, 2015 After Party Chat
You could say my recovery has basically been a vacillation between having a strong spiritual connection and none at all.

How Dana Fuchs Found Her True Voice

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 04, 2015 Brick by Brick
Dana Fuchs, known for her roles in Love, Janis and Across the Universe, shares how she has heals herself and others through music.

Small Decisions and Their Unexpected Consequences

Choices that create an undesirable way of life are made one day at a time.

Shocking Sex Lives

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 03, 2015 In Excess
There are many published case reports of autoerotic deaths of people who have died in strange sexual circumstances. This article looks at electrophilia (arousal from electricity).

8 Ways Carly Simon's Memoir Is a Psychological Tour de Force

Carly Simon's riveting new book, 'Boys in the Trees: A Memoir,' deconstructs a wide range of complex psychological dynamics with fearlessness, wisdom, and grace.

Masturbation or "Master"-bation

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 02, 2015 Minority Report
Clients in recovery from sex addiction invariably ask about masturbation. What is healthy or unhealthy? It can be very confusing, shaming, especially within Christian circles.

Sex Addiction: Myths vs. Reality

The vast majority of properly trained sex addiction therapists recognize that sexual addiction is defined by out-of-control behaviors that are causing negative consequences.

What Video Gaming Tells Us

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 A Swim in Denial
Humans everywhere use culture to turn fear into play. Video games turn paranoia into survival ecstasy and fertility—more life. These deep creaturely motives are symptomatic of many concerns today, from terrorism to virtual identity.

High Potency Marijuana Damages Cerebral Brain Connections

A new study reports that smoking marijuana with high levels of THC damages brain connections between the left and right hemispheres of the cerebrum.

The Six Cs of Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 A Family Affair
Courage, compassion, and community can help loved ones overcome co-dependency.

If It Ain’t One Thing

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 26, 2015 Overcoming Pain
The results of a Kaiser Family Foundation poll was made public a couple of days ago, and it shows that 27 percent of Americans report that they either have been addicted to prescription painkillers, or have a family member or close friend who has dealt with this issue.

Loving The Alien

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 In Excess
Exophilia refers those individuals who derive sexual arousal from extraterrestrial, robotic, supernatural, or otherwise non-human life forms. These types of sexual preferences could be described as totally impractical as the chances of making love to such entities are arguably negligible. However, some might just be aroused by the fantasy - so does exophilia really exist?

Darth Vader: The Value of Redemptive Sacrifice

The Star Wars character of Darth Vader is a mythic “traveler,” as we each make choices we regret and must bear the consequences. The tragedy of noble cause corruption through the story of Luke Skywalker’s father is a cautionary tale and his redemption can be an inspiration for all of us to rise above our challenges.

Forget Willpower: A Smarter Strategy to Resist Temptation

Just in time for the Holidays, with the endless parade of treats and snacks, a positive and appropriate method to fight temptation.

Chronic Pain and the Risk of Suicide

By Judy Foreman on November 24, 2015 A Nation in Pain
Chronic pain significantly increases the danger.

Three Ways to Manage Worry This Thanksgiving

Whatever the reason, millions of us have to deal with worry during the holidays. Here are three easy things ways to manage your worries.

Six Ways to Maintain Your Sobriety at Thanksgiving

Here are some helpful tips for having a happy Thanksgiving celebration while remaining drug/alcohol free.

The Void Social Media Fills

Social media sites enable people to connect with each other no matter on which continent. Although it allows people to stay in touch, can social media become an addiction?

Why Exercise Isn't Always a Panacea

Just because some exercise is great for us doesn’t mean these benefits extend indefinitely. It turns out that yes, you can exercise too much: Beyond a certain point of exertion, our bodies—and our minds—start to break down.

My Husband Is an Ineffective Father

"I can't take it anymore. I want to walk away."

Why I Am No Longer a Sex-Addiction Therapist

Our evolving understanding of the complexities of human sexuality have revealed an increasing number of cracks in the foundational models of sex-addiction therapy.

What Does Black Friday Do to Your Brain?

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 21, 2015 On Vitality
Did you know that Black Friday is bad for your brain? Based on neuroscience, we've got the perfect way to turn Black Friday into Bright Friday.

Why We’re Addicted to Our Smartphones, But Not Our Tablets

As mobile technology has become integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, our smartphones are shifting from device to dependency.

Lifting the Covers: Sex with the Undercover Police

Has reporting over-simplified the predicament of undercover agents and their relationships?

5 Key Elements Of Sustainable Change

If you want to know whether someone will stick to a given goal (resolution) you will need to know how specific/realistic the goal, about his motivation, his level of confidence, and the strength of his willpower.

Gambling Advertising And Marketing

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 In Excess
Over the last few years there has been a great deal of speculation over the role of advertising as a possible stimulus to increased gambling, and as a contributor to problem gambling (including underage gambling). But can gambling advertising and marketing be done in a more socially responsible way?

Treatment Is Essential to Fight US Heroin, Opioid Epidemic

National and local governments alike have discussed rethinking opioid prescribing practices and preventing misuse. While these efforts are proposed with good intentions, it is essential that they also incorporate access to medically managed detoxification and comprehensive addiction treatment.

Signs of Overdependence on the Internet and Social Media

The Internet provides a constant, ever-changing source of information and entertainment.