Essential Reads

How Drug Addiction Impacts Infant Care

Substance abuse short circuits neural connections.

Rumination and Your Health

Rumination is linked to poor physiological reactivity

4 Predictions for the Future of Addiction Treatment

These advancements may be just over the horizon.

Spirituality and Addiction

Is addiction a problem of the spirit?

Recent Posts on Addiction

Get Out of Yourself

We are fortunate when something happens that extricates us from an excessive focus on ourselves. The hardest burden in life is self-centeredness.

ADHD and Early Death: A False Assumption

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on February 28, 2015 in Child in Mind
Space and time to listen to the story are critical to effective treatment of problems of regulation of attention, behavior and emotion. Perhaps the risk of early death in individuals diagnosed with ADHD lies in the absence of recognition and treatment of complex underlying causes.

Addiction Speaks

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on February 27, 2015 in In Flux
Addiction comes in many shapes and forms. Not all addictions are alike in their severity and duration. Even those addictions that are less severe and less life-threatening can hold us in its clutches for years on end. This entry includes a letter written to Veronica by her "addict self." What emerges from our own depths and from our own will to heal is often poignant.

Intimacy in Bedroom Improves with Age

By Kimberly Key on February 27, 2015 in Counseling Keys
Sex with the wrong partner can have deleterious effects on your self-esteem. Learn the four keys to an awesome sex life.

Schizophrenia and Violence, Part II

By Betsy Seifter Ph.D. on February 27, 2015 in After the Diagnosis
The insanity defense fails again, but mentally ill offenders need treatment, not punishment.

ADHD and Weed: What’s the Draw?

Does marijuana help with ADHD?

Think You Can't Get Drunk on Soda Water? Think Again.

Don't blame it on the alcohol! Blame it on your expectations about drinking.

Managing Pain Versus Recovering From Pain

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on February 25, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
A pain management approach is frequently considered as the first line of attack when the degree of pain exceeds a person’s ability to cope on his or her own. When pain moves from the acute to the chronic stage, some people may continue with a pain management regimen because they’re unaware that other modalities exist.

Looking for the Right Relationship? Make a Plan!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and you’re still alone. Or maybe you’re just wishing you were alone because clearly you’re dating a total loser. Or maybe you’ve decided to address your long-standing dating dilemma with a bold new approach. If you’ve opted for the latter, read on.

New Sleep Guidelines to Keep Youth Healthy

By Richard Taite on February 24, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
Without regular age appropriate amounts of sleep, adolescents are at risk for developing a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, weight change, and sometimes insomnia.

How Changes in Media Use Can Transform Mental Health

By Rebecca Jackson on February 24, 2015 in School of Thought
Morning grouchiness is not an uncommon complaint from parents—especially parents of teenagers. But what happens when your child's mood doesn't improve throughout the day—when your child seems to be terminally bad-tempered? This case study examines the effect of media multitasking on a teenage boy's mental health.

Malignant Narcissism and the Murder of a Parent

By Carrie Barron M.D. on February 24, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
This blog explores Malignant Narcissism and the damaging impact that it can have on family members and others.

3 Myths About Eating Disorders Debunked

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in Food Junkie
Eating disorders can be very difficult to understand. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, take some time to learn a bit more about these disorders and the truth behind a handful of myths that surround them.

Stars In Their Eyes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in In Excess
Celebriphilia has been defined as “an intense desire to have a romantic relationship with a celebrity” and shares many similarities with celebrity stalking. It is also a completely modern, man-made phenomenon. But what do we know about celebriphilia?

Why Some College Students Love Molly

It's not surprising that college students look to party drugs.

Addicted to Busy: 4 Strategies to Ease the Guilt & Burnout

Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work, and our health. The result of being Addicted to Busy is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical illness.

Non-Traditional Addiction Services That Work

Navigating addiction treatment services can be an overwhelming process, especially when you or your loved one is in crisis. However, it is also important to understand that there are non-traditional forms of addiction/mental health treatment that are being utilized more often and are becoming more mainstream.

Missing That 'Vast Wasteland'

The real problem is that when people tell you about a series they've been watching or have watched, they never just say it's "pretty good" or "worth watching." They say it's "great!" or "incredible!" and that you just HAVE to watch it. Back in the old days, I don't remember anyone saying, "You just HAVE to watch 'Lassie'!"

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Are you addicted?

Smoking is an addiction that is costly for the smoker, for their loved ones and for society. some of the common myths of quitting smoking (and other addictions) are explored.....

Pride and Prejudice and Obesity

Prejudice against obesity recalls previous biases against individuals with depression, alcoholism, and compulsive behaviors. Understanding obesity as a disease must amend the need for personal responsibility.

Smoking and Weight: Those "Burnt-out Ends of Smoky Days"

By Sylvia R Karasu M.D. on February 20, 2015 in The Gravity of Weight
The dangers of cigarette smoking are well-known, but many people continue to smoke because of the fear that they will gain weight after they stop. What do we know about the effects of smoking and smoking cessation on weight?

Your Health Care, America's Health Care, Today and Tomorrow

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in How To Do Life
The Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare is already causing shortages. How can you cope? What should society do?

The Teenage Brain on Drugs

By Richard Taite on February 19, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
One way to look at addiction is to consider it a form of learning, a type of learning that is extremely effective in its ability to affect the adolescent brain, report researchers working under an NIH grant.

Escaping Across the Border Through Art

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on February 19, 2015 in Art on Trial
Often, women who are emigrating from Mexico—sometimes illegally—may be doing so to escape from violence and suffering. Sometimes, they escape towards it. This post examines how one art therapist, guest blogger Valentina Castro, uses art to help endure and heal from such pain.

Writing a New Pain Prescription

In the past few decades, chronic pain relief in the U.S. has come primarily in the form of prescription opioids. And it’s taken a deadly toll. Sales of these painkillers have increased 300 percent since 1999; meanwhile, overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers have quadrupled.

Assisted Abstinence

By Howard C. Samuels Psy.D. on February 18, 2015 in The Beast Within
In the burgeoning field of medically assisted detox, there is a train of thought that says the only thing an addict needs is a physical head start against withdrawal -- but how do we address what happens in the addict's mind itself?

Talking Online Can Be Life Changing For Sexual Minority Guys

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in Connected
The Internet can be an important source of health information & social support for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) teens. Our recent study builds on this finding. We conducted message board discussions with gay, bisexual, and queer teen guys. While these may seem like old news, these can be a great way to bring people with similar interest together.

Believe the HYPE: Hip-Hop Heals Youth

Hip-hop music as an avenue to improve mental health functioning and adjustment in youth.

The Ultimate Coping Device

By Dan Mager MSW on February 18, 2015 in Some Assembly Required
Everything we encounter in life ultimately breaks down into two categories: things that we can change or at least have some influence over, and things we cannot change or influence. Simply recognizing which grouping a particular challenge belongs to makes our lives more manageable. Mindfulness practices greatly expand & strengthen the Serenity Prayer's therapeutic value.