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10 Keys to Recovery

The must-haves for recovery from mental illness or addiction.

When You Suspect Your Kid has a Substance Abuse Problem

If you find evidence that your child is using drugs or alcohol, here are some suggestions about how to take the next step and talk to your child.

Sobering Truth About Addiction Treatment in America

By David Sheff on May 08, 2017 in Overcoming Addiction
People blame politicians, drug dealers, and pharmaceutical companies for the overdose crisis, but blame doesn't doesn't help people get well. The addicted need quality treatment.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Want to Change

Changing isn't easy, but these 4 questions from Motivational Interviewing may make the process a little easier.

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5 Tips for Limiting Sugar During the Holidays

By Georgia Ede MD on December 21, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
New to the low-sugar lifestyle? Stay motivated and on course with these simple strategies.

Celebrate Your Nice List

Don’t stress if you didn’t find anything for a loved one recovering from addiction on Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Sex Addiction's Diversity Problem

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Women Who Stray
An overwhelming majority of the people receiving, treating or arguing about sex addiction are white. What does this lack of diversity mean?

Mirror, Mirror on the (Facebook) Wall

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
Is social media use creating narcissists?

Hypnosis And Sexual Health

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 14, 2016 in In Excess
Seduction through mind control (i.e., erotic hypnosis) has a long history in Western culture but what do we know about hypnosis and sexual health from a psychological perspective?

My Son Is Smoking Marijuana and I'm A Mess

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What To Do When You Learn About Your Child & Marijuana
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Tweet or Troll? Why Twitter Is Amazingly Addictive

By Judson Brewer, MD, Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in The Craving Mind
Why do we tweet at 3 a.m.? A few hints from behavioral neuroscience may help us understand our Twitter addictions — and learn how to break them.

What Is Narrative Bias?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 12, 2016 in Science of Choice
We humans generally aren’t great at reasoning objectively about uncertainty as we go about our daily lives.

Culture Got Your Tongue?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 11, 2016 in Minority Report
What's "love" got to do with it? In one word-everything! In this dramatic video, you will see how the phrase, "I love you" is shared for the first time by adult Asian-Americans.

Rolling Out the Green Carpet: Yet Legal Does Not Mean Safe

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
The Green Revolution has resulted in a misconception that legal marijuana is safe under all circumstances. Potential consumers are advised to read up before they light up.
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Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain

Stress creates feelings that we sometimes deal with in maladaptive ways.

From Client to Counselor

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 09, 2016 in Minority Report
I grew up in a traditional Chinese immigrant household which stressed the virtues of collectivism, harmony, and honor. In a way, my upbringing shaped my own addictions.

Stop Obsessing or Fixating With a Fast Cognitive Technique

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on December 08, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
One cognitive technique takes only a minute or two to do, and it can reroute your mood and thinking instantly. Why stay stuck in a bad mood or fixated on something negative?

Why Drinking When You're Stressed Is Risky Business

By David DiSalvo on December 08, 2016 in Neuronarrative
Here’s something to keep in mind as the holidays unfold: If you drink alcohol when you’re stressed, you may be flipping a switch that makes heavier drinking all the more likely.

Family and Depression During the Holiday

Preparing for holiday stress can make it less so

The Psychology of Financial Dominatrixes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in In Excess
There have been an increasing number of media reports about women who demand money from men who in turn get sexual pleasure from the activity. But why?

Does Free Will Exist?

Reasonable people can disagree on whether neuroscience casts doubt on free will.
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When Heroin Comes Home

By Lybi Ma on December 05, 2016 in Brainstorm
Being addicted to pain meds is like having an invader with OCD inside your brain. Guest post by Jacqueline Sheehan.

Coming Home From War and Metallica’s “Confusion”

By William Irwin Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in Plato on Pop
Though mercifully few of us have PTSD or have done a tour of duty in a combat zone, we have all been scarred. Life is a return from battle.

Embracing the Cs and More

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in A Family Affair
Is your loved one breaking your heart? Courage, compassion, and community can help you cope.
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What You Should Know Before Filling Your Prescription

By Richard Taite on December 02, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
If you are thinking of getting a prescription to help control your anxiety, consider other tools or skills you could develop to help alleviate your suffering.
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Medical Treatment Shouldn’t Limit Second Amendment Rights

There is a complication to marijuana legalization: Handgun ownership privileges are denied to those who use marijuana.

Workaholism and Psychiatric Disorders

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in In Excess
There has been an increasing amount of research into workaholism but was is the relationship between work addiction, ADHD, OCD and depressions?

Like Kryptonite for Kratom

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The American Kratom Association (aka, AKA) raised $400,000 from its newly motivated membership—its usual intake being $80,000 a year—to fund an army of lobbyists and keep kratom.

All I Want for Christmas Is a Pony

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
Is impulsive buying and shopping stressing you out this holiday season?
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Analysis: How the AASECT Sex Addiction Statement Was Created

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An Insider's Perspective Behind the Scenes of AASECT's Historic Sex Addiction Statement.

Failure to Launch Syndrome

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Healing and Growing
There are many "causes," but one real reason stands out to explain today's epidemic of young adults who remain stuck in life.
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AASECT Releases Historic Position Statement on Sex Addiction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Standard Deviations
AASECT, the national sex therapy certifying organization releases a groundbreaking position statement about the sex addiction model.

The Craving Mind

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key aspect of relapse is the way cravings can distort practical reasoning, typically in ways that make it difficult to plan in advance.

A Hopeful Right Turn in Treating Addictions

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Listen Up!
Tired of the unhelpful stigma and shaming surrounding addiction treatment? Here's a different approach.