Essential Reads

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How Can You Know if You’re Depressed?

By Richard Taite on December 09, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Though we’ve come a long way in the treatment of mental illness, there still is not consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of even the most common metal illnesses.

Compulsive Spending: What You Need to Know

At a time of year when shopping is essentially a national tradition, it's important to understand when purchasing reaches compulsive levels.

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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Four Reasons to Be Wary of Supplements

Supplements can be beneficial if they are quality products that are prescribed by those who are trained in their proper use.
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Four Things You Should Know About Adolescent Anxiety

By Richard Taite on August 05, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Recognizing a mental health condition in your child can trigger your own worst fears, making you wonder if the condition is somehow your fault.
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Why "Eroticized Rage" Is a Nonsense Concept

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Standard Deviations
'Eroticized rage' is a popular concept in sex addiction circles, but it is merely biased sex-negative moralism disguised as psychoanalytic jargon.

Depression and Drugs in Paradise: A Famous Island Suffers

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on August 03, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
When people think of Martha's Vineyard, they may think of celebrities and presidents who vacation there. The reality: the island suffers from a heroin problem, among others.

Addicted to Gossip?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in In Excess
It's often said that everyone loves to gossip. But are there people who gossip a bit to much? Are there individuals that are actually addicted gossip?
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The Four Evolutionary Roots of Pokémon Go

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Statistical Life
Pokémon Go is a craze, but crazes often have reasons that make them so crazy. In the case of Pokemon Go, these reasons are millions of years old.

Outpatient Detox Model Gaining Popularity in Treatment

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 01, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Why ambulatory (outpatient) detox is more effective when treating substance abuse.

Depression and Friendship

Depression can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, including their friendships.

Psychology, Learning, and the Serenity Prayer

Tolerate failure in order to succeed.This is true if you golf or play a sport, write, or pretty much do anything that requires learning and mastery. The Serenity Prayer says it all

You Know That The Behavior Is Harmful. Why Can't You Stop?

You’ve promised yourself that you will NOT (pick one: have that drink, binge on that food, take those pills, engage in self-harm, place that bet, etcetera). Then you get home.

Three Ways Stimulants Negatively Change Your Life

There are so many more than just these reasons to avoid abuse of stimulants.

Four Ways to Help Your Kids Avoid Depression and Addiction

Intentionally building your relationship with your child to include trust, open lines of communication and mutual support is one of the best ways you can encourage your child.

Setting Boundaries for Loved Ones

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in A Family Affair
Setting and sticking to boundaries is easier said than done.

Substance Abuse Counseling and an Arm Implant: A Good Match?

Is an arm implant for substance abuse really a good shot in the arm for substance abuse counseling? What counselors should know.

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 9: Addictions and Compulsions

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Happiness on Purpose
In this second installment of Ridding Addictions and Compulsions, learn the powerful three strategies to getting started getting stopped. They can put you on the road to recovery.

How Common Are Sex-Related Injuries?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Women Who Stray
People often report sex-related injuries, from masturbation or vigorous passion. How common are these experiences, and are they evidence of people being "out of control"?
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Reasons to Reconsider Using Opioid Prescription Medications

Your healing process will have its own ups and downs that only you will know how to handle, and deciding on a treatment plan that will get you up and running again.
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Behaving Badly for Good Reasons

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in In Control
The key to changing unwanted behavior is to find and get to know that place in your mind where the behavior is not unwanted.
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Three Things You Should Know About Congress’ Opioid Bill

Congress may be ready for a vacation over their upcoming seven-week recess, but their work is far from done.

The Search For Happiness

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in In Excess
"Beware of Destination Addiction - a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job and with the next partner" (Robert Holden)

The Logic of How to Quit Smoking

Having trouble quitting smoking or sticking to a healthy diet? I explain why common strategies so often fail, and offer practical, effective tips for living a healthy life.

Renewed Faith in Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment

I have witnessed staff conduct insurance utilization reviews advocating for additional days of treatment for clients desperately in need—sometimes successfully and sometimes not.

Pokémon Go—Addiction to Mobile Tech No Laughing Matter

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 19, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Research shows that those with a behavioral addiction—including gaming addiction—have similar brain dysfunction to those with cocaine or gambling addiction.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: The Poké-Demic of 2016

By Ryan Anderson on July 18, 2016 in The Mating Game
In 2016, the mobile gaming world has thus far been defined by one thing above all others: Pokemon Go. This article looks at some of the ingenious psychology behind the app

Secret Stash: Ten Most Common Places Teens Hide Drugs

Teens are notorious for being innovative, and hiding their drugs is no exception.

Harvard Study Pegs How Parental Substance Abuse Impacts Kids

A new Harvard study, published today, reports that 1 in 5 children grows up in a home with parental substance abuse. The study offers advice on how to break the cycle of addiction.

Are Antidepressant Medications the Next Drug Abuse Epidemic?

Congress passed legislation this week to slow the epidemic of pain-killer addiction. What could also slow the epidemic of drug use for treating the emotional pain of depression?

The Opioid Epidemic and Our Children

The opioid addiction crisis is laying waste to families and communities. Children inevitably become victims. Research on treatment and child protection is just catching up.
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5 Non-Physical Signs of Abuse in Relationships

Domestic violence is often thought of in its physical forms, but emotional and psychological abuse are just as devastating.
Four Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe From Drugs

Four Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe From Drugs

You’ve probably thought about how drug use impacts your own health or that of family members, but have you considered how it affects your pets?