Essential Reads

Making a Sexual Debut

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Despite the controversy surrounding first-time sex, most young people in the United States become sexually active long before they reach adulthood.

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.
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The Good and Bad of Opioid Prescription Limits

By Richard Taite on November 07, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
The benefits and the shortcomings of state-based opioid prescription limits.

"71 Doctors Declare Trump has Dementia, Unfit for Office"

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Statistical Life
Why fight the lies. Write something that you know some people can't help but want to believe and sit back as social media does it's magic.

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Why You Can’t Walk Away

By Linda Esposito LCSW on September 19, 2016 in From Anxiety to Zen
Do you control, nurture, and protect your partner? It might be time to let go.
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Understanding and Choosing Better Coping Skills

When it comes to better understanding and treating addiction, we can learn a lot by looking at a person’s coping mechanisms.
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Here’s Why Your Brain Makes Quitting Drugs/Alcohol So Hard

By Richard Taite on September 16, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
There’s little more tempting than a quick and easy solution to our problems.

Are You an Enabling Parent?

By Ann Smith on September 16, 2016 in Healthy Connections
Parents are hardwired to love and protect their child from birth to death no matter what. What happens when parents begin to unintentionally enable their child?

Can Thumb Sucking Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in In Excess
Thumb sucking is a common behavior in young children but a small minority carry on the behavior into their adulthood. Is this problematic and could it be described as addictive?
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Why the Sex Addiction Model Is Not a Humanistic Approach

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Plenty of evidence suggests that harm reduction psychotherapy provides a more humanistic alternative to sex addiction treatment.

The Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Saving Normal
Protecting profit against patient welfare
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Self-Compassion in Eating Disorder Recovery

Your eating disorder does not define you. Cultivating self-compassion will help you to understand your experience and find peace within yourself.

Who (or What) Runs Your World?

By Denise R Friedman Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Always More to Learn
Is social media really about mind control? Do you need a digital detox?
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How Exercise Can Help Keep You Drug-Free

By Richard Taite on September 09, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Exercise is a part of a healthy lifestyle and stimulates your body’s healthiest mechanisms by releasing feel-good endorphins, stimulating appetite and leading to more restful sleep

Semicolon Punctuates Mental Health Awareness

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
This global non-profit movement is dedicated to providing support for those struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.

Is the Concept of "Internet Addiction" a Misnomer?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in In Excess
Internet addiction is now a widely studied phenomenon. However most research shows that a minority of people have addictions on the internet but rarely to it.

How Parents (and Governments) Can Fix the Addiction Problem

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in All About Addiction
Many parents want to help solve their children's substance use problems. Approaching it from the "drug war" angle didn't prove useful for the U.S. and it won't work at home.
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Feeding Your Addiction

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Food Junkie
While it’s easy to list differences between foods and drugs our brains can have a very hard time differentiating between the pleasure derived from mild doses of some drugs.

You May Not Need Those Painkillers

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 06, 2016 in Open Gently
The brain can be retrained not to perceive pain.

Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

By Nir Eyal on September 06, 2016 in Automatic You
New research helps explains how to Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

Black Wave: Alcoholism, Creativity, and Today’s Truth

By Ariel Gore on September 05, 2016 in Women and Happiness
"The similarities between being a writer and an alcoholic far outweigh the differences. They both seem to spring from what may be a glitch in my neurochemistry." —Michelle Tea

Pamela Anderson & Shmuley Boteach: "Porn is for Losers"

By Marty Klein PhD on September 05, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
An anti-masturbation clergyman and a Baywatch actress join forces to promote a moral panic.

Counting Joy Points Not Calories? A New Angle on Weight Loss

By Laurel Mellin Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Rewired
Why not stop counting calories and start counting "joy points'?

Tonic Levels of Dopamine Lubricate Moments of Superfluidity

By Christopher Bergland on September 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Next week in Vienna, neuroscientists will meet for the 2016 Dopamine Conference. In this blog post, I reflect on what I've learned about dopamine through both sport and life.

Not All Excessive Sexual Behavior Is CSB

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on September 01, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
​Just because someone is hypersexual does not mean he or she has CSB (compulsive sexual behavior).

Frosh Week Worries: Overprotected Kids Are the Most at Risk

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
There is good research to suggest that children who experience the right amount of stress will do better at college than children of parents who snowplow away problems.

When Blaming the Messenger Pays Off

By Mark Borigini M.D. on August 31, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The authors of the paper conclude that these findings underscore the importance of the mind-body relationship and have important clinical implications.

Food Addiction Is Not About Willpower

Food addiction is an obsessiveness with food and with your body.

Your Cerebellum May Dictate How Your Brain Handles Alcohol

By Christopher Bergland on August 31, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A study published today in the Journal of Neuroscience offers fascinating new clues about the brain mechanisms behind reward processing, addiction, and alcohol abuse disorders.

How Much Sex Is Too Much Sex?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 30, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Normal sexual behavior may be overpathologized (that is, treated as disordered when it is not) if a clinician fails to recognize the wide range of normal human sexual expression...

Our Loved Ones Are Not "Bun Worthy"

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in A Family Affair
When addiction trumps good intentions, loved ones feel betrayed.

Commandeering Cuteness for Commercialism

By Douglas Van Praet on August 27, 2016 in Unconscious Branding
There is a good reason why cute and cuddly baby animals are tugging at your heart and pulling on your purse strings.

Neuroscience Suggests That We're All "Wired" for Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on August 26, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that everybody has the neurobiological potential to become an addict.

The Sexual Lie Detector

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Women Who Stray
The polygraph is widely discredited as a valid tool for detecting deception. So why are therapists and clinicians calling it a way to "keep sex addicts honest"?