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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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.

Is Your Cell Phone Your Best Friend?

Is your cell phone your best friend? How to avoid becoming the tool of your tools.

Creating Boundaries with Your Adult Child

Are you overwhelmed, stressed out, and racked with guilt in trying to decide how to best help your adult child?

Addicted to Romantic Suspicion

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
When you are absolutely 100% sure he or she is cheating, and you are absolutely 100% dead wrong every time.

Ditch Perfection and Embrace Progress

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in A Family Affair
Does the voice of perfectionism shout at you? You can learn how to quiet it down.
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The Case Against Medical Marijuana in Brazil

Without reliable scientific evidence, it’s naïve to say that marijuana is a light or therapeutic drug.

Top 5 Ways Biofeedback Can Change Your Life

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in All About Addiction
Are you turning to pills to make your life better? Biofeedback and neurofeedback could be the answer you're looking for.
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Three Health Conditions We Need to Talk About

Talk with them about it; a small thing like checking in on someone to see how they are can mean the world to a person dealing with a stigmatized disorder.

Six Hallmarks of Codependence

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on April 27, 2016 in Presence of Mind
Before you label someone as codependent, or identify as codependent, make sure you understand what codependence is.

Sneezy Does It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 27, 2016 in In Excess
There are reports in the medical/psychological literature dating back to the 1890s of sexually induced sneezing in both men and women. But what more is known about the phenomenon?
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The Power of Small Decisions

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

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Ryan Anderson on April 25, 2016 in The Mating Game
People often wonder what other people do in the bedroom. The evidence might surprise you.

Women, Blackouts, Sexual Assault, and Slut Shaming

Alcohol blackouts leave women very vulnerable to sexual assault.
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Four Reasons You Should Pay More Attention to Alcohol Abuse

Here are four reasons you should pay more attention to alcohol abuse among the people in your life.
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Seven Things to Expect When You Go to Rehab

Addiction treatment centers vary, but if you are going someplace that is quality, there are a few things that you should be prepared for when you get there.

Alcohol Moderation Treatment Works!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 in All About Addiction
From individual examples to data from dozens of patients, research is showing that moderate drinking can be a successful alternatives to alcohol abstinence. So where is the field?

Obsessive Teeth Whitening and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2016 in In Excess
Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic procedure, but there are anecdotal reports of obsessive and addictive teeth whitening and as a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder.

3 Reasons Why Psychotherapy by Apps Might Be the Future

Mobile apps reach far beyond millennials, hipsters, and emojis.

4/20/16: Now That It's Nearly Normal...

By Eliezer Sobel on April 19, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
I certainly hope the rest of you have a great time, if and when widespread legalization comes to pass. And I’ll be really sorry to miss the party.

Old Habits Die Hard

By Suzette Glasner-Edwards Ph.D. on April 18, 2016 in Navigating Addiction Recovery
Are you trying to break an old habit without much luck? Try a few tips to stay motivated.

This Is What Screen Time Really Does to Kids' Brains

A number of troubling studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media

Has the Opioid Pendulum for Treating Pain Swung Too Far?

With the epidemic of opioid and heroin addictions sweeping the country—physicians are pinpointing new best practices for "balanced" multidisciplinary pain management strategies.

Heavy Marijuana Use May Reduce Your Brain's Dopamine Release

A new study has identified a correlation between heavy marijuana use and lower levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine controls reward-motivated behaviors and pleasure centers.

ADHD and the Rock Star Gene

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on April 15, 2016 in The Gift of ADHD
Adam Levine, will.i.am, Justin Timberlake, and Solange Knowles have spoken publicly about their ADHD. Can ADHD be a gift?

Respond as if the Addict is Your Beloved Mother

It is a myth that addicts must find some kind of bottom before they seek treatment. In my experience, an addict’s “bottom” is very often somewhere past dead.

Stopping the False Epidemic of Adult ADHD

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 14, 2016 in Saving Normal
The father of the ADHD diagnosis, Keith Conners, thinks that the adult ADHD epidemic needs to be stopped before it causes even more damage.

Prescription Drugs and Malpractice: A Lethal Combination

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Prescription drug addiction and medical negligence create a “perfect storm” of corruption, misery and death in the U.S.