Essential Reads

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How to Tell if Your Child Has a Problem With Screens

By Anya Kamenetz on December 14, 2017 in The Art of Screen Time
These questions, from a study just released, may help you determine if your child has a problem.

The Rise and Fall of Craving

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Addicted Brains
People return to their addiction again and again, and this "relapse" tendency is powered by craving. How can we hold out against it?

Our Youth Deserve Better

By J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Almost Addicted
Transition-age youth (age 18-25) are at high risk for mental health, physical health, and substance use problems, yet they are falling through the cracks due to the lack of service
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Confessions of a Smartphone Junkie

Protecting our “humanware” by changing our smartphone behavior

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Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics

Are your kids obsessed with screen time? Here are steps to curb their addiction.
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How Much Booze Is Best?

How much alcohol is safe?

Smoking Fetishes Examined

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in In Excess
Those individuals with smoking fetishes (capnolagnia) are presumed to be rare but there has been a growing amount of psychological research looking at sexualised smoking behavior.

How to Win the Smartphone-Brain Battle

CBS exposes brain hacking in Silicon Valley. Learn how to hack the hackers.

The Ordinary Courage of Being Our Selves

If we want to live full, rich lives, we must take the risk to override the shame and to be fully in relationship with others and the word.

The Myth of Addiction as "Equal Opportunity Destroyer"

As American experts consistently misplace their emphasis about addiction on drugs, rather than people, more people die. But those at high risk of victimhood are voiceless anyhow.

Trauma Nation

The cultural movement of recovering trauma is actually a psychological disaster of its own making. The answers—forward planning and community building—are nowhere apparent.
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Health Care (Politics) Is Bad for Your Health

Feeling anxious and depressed about possible cutbacks to health care? You are not alone.

Why Does the LGBT Community Experience More Drug Abuse?

Worried about the high rates of of drug abuse in the LGBT community? Here's what you can do to safeguard your LGBT child.

The Opioid Crisis

The latest information suggests the crisis may get worse before it gets better.

Set a Boundary or Build a Wall

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in A Family Affair
Do you struggle with setting firm boundaries? Here are a few things to consider.

Psychology, Art, And Body Fluids

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in In Excess
The use of bodily fluids as part of art works appears to be on the increase. But what is the psychological motivation and is there an association with mental disorders?
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Quiz: Can You Avoid Wrongdoing?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on July 02, 2017 in I'm Only Human
Quizzes on moral decision making seem to offer choices between right and wrong. But what if the choices are really between wrong and wrong?

Americans Intoxicated

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
It’s an angry era in America. Instead of debating who’s right or wrong, let’s ask what kinds of work anger is doing for Americans now? And what's behind it?

There Is a New Link Between Screen-Time and Autism

Don’t expect boys to “grow out of” their obsession with screens.

Benzodiazepines: The Danger Lurking in the Shadow of Opiates

Fatal overdoses more than quadrupled for benzodiazepines prescriptions.

How to Be a Good Parent in a Digitally Addicted World

Technology addiction is real. And yet, we can and must still be good parents.

Acuphagia and Eating Metal

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in In Excess
There are many reports of pica (the eating of non-nutritive items such as coal, hair and wood). One sub-variant of pica is the eating of metal. But what do we know about it?

Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Hooks You

By Nir Eyal on June 26, 2017 in Automatic You
Voice interfaces like Amazon's Alexa are very engaging. A four-step model explains the psychology behind what makes the technology so habit-forming.

The Wound is Where the Light Enters You

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on June 26, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
Dr. Colleen Long has worked with thousands of weight loss surgery patients. Instead of "getting over" the feelings, start by going through them, and stop the yo-yo for good.

Rolling Back the Clock on Mental Health in our Country

The Senate health care bill could be disastrous for our country on multiple levels.

Anthony Bourdain's Updated Addiction Report Card

Anthony Bourdain, former drug addict, has kept up his frenetic, successful television career while drinking up a storm, most recently in Borneo. Meanwhile, post-60, he looks trim!

ADHD and Opioid Addiction

ADHD and substance abuse are commonly co-occurring disorders. Let's look into the correlation vs. causation.

When a Recovery Princess Needs a Harm Reduction Intervention

Carrie Fisher maintained the image of a drug recovery princess. The image itself may have been lethal.

The Anxiety Epidemic

Our smartphones may be a major cause.
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A Roadmap to Helping an Addicted Loved One Enter Treatment

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 16, 2017 in Unhooked
Effective tips to help a loved one seek treatment for a substance use problem.
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Eight Reasons Why We Get Bored

Boredom is an unpleasant emotional state in which the individual feels a lack of interest in and difficulty concentrating on the current activity.

Blindness Fetishes Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in In Excess
Amaurophilia is a sexual paraphilia where the individual derives sexual pleasure and arousal by a partner who is blind. But what else do we know about this rare sexual behavior?

Applying Mindfulness in Relapse Prevention

By Dan Mager MSW on June 14, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The mindfulness practice of urge surfing can help those in addiction recovery learn how to bear urges or cravings to use alcohol and other drugs more skillfully.