Essential Reads

American Masculinity and Drugs

Changing relationship between men and their transitional object

Emotion Regulation

Conditioned Emotional Responses Become Habits

Why Are the Candy Crushes of the World Dominating Our Lives?

Darwin goes searching for the gas pedal in this evolutionary phenomenon of his.

The Pain Mess

Treatment of chronic pain is a scandal

Recent Posts on Addiction

The Authentic Life of Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 10, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels is part of arguably the greatest rap group of all time, Run-D.M.C, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After facing many hardships in his adult life, he shares how he was able to cope by reconnecting with his creative side.

Seeing the Light(house)

The Resilience Regiment speaks with the Anaheim Lighthouse treatment center.

Release the Shame to Heal

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Sovereign Health.

A Flexible Path to Recovery for Individuals and Family

With its credentialed staff, Seasons in Malibu bucks the beachside recovery stereotype.

The Middle Way

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Dr. Adi Jaffe, executive director of Alternatives Behavioral Health.

Is a Cannabinoid as Sweet by Any Other Name?

Oblivion, annihilation, amnesia: for many, they are the highest pleasure.

Top Tips for a Digital Detox

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 09, 2015 in In Excess
Digital detox refers to refraining from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers. This article provides some tips on how to cut down on technology use, even if it’s just for the weekend or a holiday.

2 Words That Could Mean You Have a Drug Problem

What you say to yourself and to others about your drug or alcohol use is trying to tell you something. Listen.

The Role of Physical Therapy in Treating Chronic Pain

I work with a team of experts to deliver an integrated treatment program for those suffering with chronic pain. Our diverse group includes counselors, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and certified personal trainers. We also have staff who specialize in aqua therapy, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, yoga and art therapy.

Old Demons Come Craving

Even people who are sober for decades can have cravings

The Mind Of An Addict

There is a gap between what they prefer to do and what they actually do.

Is Technoference Wrecking Your Love Life?

Electronic devices are reported by many couples to be the source of arguments especially when used during meals and at other times when there is a hope or expectation that there will be an opportunity for meaningful interpersonal relating.

Tips for Launching Your Young Adult

Six tips for parents of young adults who are stuck. Parents often have more power than they realize to help, and here is how.

Finding a Better Life Through Positive Fulfillment

To build life skills and long-term stability, Next Level Recovery relies on both expertise and the individual experiences of its clients.

Bisexuality, Not Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Women Who Stray
Men who struggle with bisexual attractions are often called sex addicts. Unfortunately, this label doesn't help, and often perpetuates homophobia and religious bias against homosexuality.

The Family Values of Penelope Spheeris and Anna Fox

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Penelope Spheeris and her daughter, Anna Fox, share how The Decline of Western Civilization movies have impacted their lives.

Why We Use Drugs: The Power of Addictive Tendencies

Addictions are a hotel; they are not home but can remind people of home so powerfully that they won’t easily abandon them without knowing where their real home is and how to get there.

Harnessing the Freedom to Choose Success

Arms folded in front of her, Jana tried to remain calm in the face of a challenge from her parents and me. Joan and Ron, successful professionals who had grown up in the drug scene of the 1970s, were stuck. They agreed that her diagnosis of abuse of alcohol ought not to be ignored, but did not want to “crimp her style” or lead her into a rebellion which might lead her to

Treatment in the Balance

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Ronald D. Sager, M.D., of Balance Treatment Center

Professional Help for True Recovery

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Burr Cook of Balboa Horizons

Family Support for Addicts

Glenn and Carol Swanson share the in and outs of the His House treatment center.

The Deep Dark Hole of Depression

Depression is scary to some and familiar to others. But everyone knows how easy it can be to fall into the depression hole. What we all need to realize though is that regardless of whether we fall in the trap or not, we don't have to live there. We don't have to make a home there. This article distinguishes between living in depression and acknowledging that it's there.

The Fat Fetish, Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in In Excess
One sexual behaviour that appears to be very popular among a minority of men is ‘BBW squashing’ (i.e., men being squashed by one or more ‘big beautiful women’ for sexual pleasure) and also known as ‘crushing’ or ‘smashing’ by squashing enthusiasts. But what do we know psychologically about this strange sexual behaviour?

Ending the Torment

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Ken Chance, founder of the Arrowhead Lodge.

Digging Deeper Into Recovery

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Kevin Granich at Morningside Recovery.

Sober Summer!

For those trying to cut back on their drinking or for sober alcoholics, the summertime and the many celebrations that accompany it can be temptations.Many will report that the warm weather, the outdoor bars, family gatherings, vacations, the beach, sporting events, etc. can bring back memories of “the good ole’ days”. Here are some tips for sober summertime fun!

How Being Knocked Out Of Our Comfort Zones Can Be Beneficial

By Gregg McBride on June 27, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
We often want the answers to life's biggest dilemmas to be complicated, enabling or even pricey. But sometimes the best advice we can receive comes without any fancy packaging, outrageous promises or gratuitous politeness.

Did Paleo Man have Drug or Drinking Problems?

By Donna Barstow on June 26, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Mental illness and mental health are not modern. What did cavemen (sorry, Paleo man) do about it?

Child Abuse Prepares for a Lifetime of Mental Health Issues

Children who are abused, physically, emotionally, sexually or neglected, have different adult brains than their counterparts who were not abused.

How Much Exercise Reduces Your Risk of Premature Death?

Exercise is an important part of addiction recovery, because it sets individuals up for healthy lifestyles. Exercise releases important chemicals in our brains that help us to feel better about ourselves.