Essential Reads

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 19, 2017 in Canine Corner
Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

Longing for More

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.

I Tried Direct Neurofeedback and the Results Surprised Me

By Zoltan Istvan on September 17, 2017 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
Recently, Grant Rudolph, Clinical Director at Echo Rock Neurotherapy, invited me to try his Direct Neurofeedback techniques.

Why Changing Eating Habits (Permanently) Is So Hard

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on September 13, 2017 in #BeHerNow
It’s complicated and primal, and it has everything to do with your brain trying to help you survive.

More Posts on Addiction

Your Brain on Drugs - and Your Addiction Treatment Plan

Is the future of addiction treatment here? Recent neuroimaging studies suggest it might be.

Addict Cleans Up, Then Is Shunned by Family

Addiction is in the news again, and everyone wants to believe it's caused mostly by genetics. But a letter to a newspaper advice columnist reveals hidden family dynamics.

Marijuana: The Newest Invasive Species

By Mark Borigini M.D. on April 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
As if cell phones and one-more-Corona were not enough to keep those of us who do value our lives off the highways, now we all must contend with a large population driving stoned.

Excessive Rubik's Cube Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 27, 2017 in In Excess
Reports of excessive Rubik's Cube use have continually surfaced over the last 35 years. But is there any evidence that playing a Rubik's Cube can be addictive?

Why Am I Dependent on Caffeine, and How Can I Wean Off?

Many of us require a cup of coffee (or five) every morning. Why do we become dependent on caffeine? And is it possible to wean off and get back to "normal"?

Is Social Pain Real Pain?

The same brain areas involved in processing physical pain such burning or hurt are also activated when a negative comment burns or when your feelings are hurt. Social pain is real.

Enough Is Enough Series, Part 6: LSD Reconsidered

Psychiatry is considering using LSD to treat psychiatric conditions. An extremely bad idea.

Warning: This Drug May Kill You

In this beautiful and sorrowful HBO documentary, we crisscross this country to meet families who represent today’s victims of the opioid epidemic.

Teen Prescription Med Abuse Skyrockets, Parents Clueless

7 warning signs for parents and how to protect kids.

Sex, Footwear, Fashion, and Fantasy

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in In Excess
For a small minority of people, shoes can become a sexual fetish either on its own or overlapping with other sexual paraphilias. But what do we actually know about shoe fetishism?

Finding the Right Path for Each Individual, Making It Work

The Resilience Regiment speaks with AToN Center.

I Need Help Dealing With My Angry and Alcoholic Mother

How To Deal With A Very Complicated Mother

Religious Conflict Makes Porn Bad for Relationships

By David J Ley Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
A new research study finds more evidence that the alleged harms from porn are actually caused by religious conflict, shame, and the "porn addict" identity.

Thoughts About Opioid Addiction

Taking a look at the thinking processes underlying opioid addiction.

Stress Can Lead to Unwanted Consequences

By Patrick B. McGrath Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Don't Try Harder, Try Different!
Drug use is surely not the best way to manage stress.

13 Reasons Why Men Cheat

Hey guys! Cheating is not the only option.

Wake-Up Call

How I became determined to shed light on addiction.

Back From the Dead

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in In Excess
Lazarus Syndrome refers to the spontaneous return of blood circulation after the person has been declared dead. But what do we know about this very rare phenomenon?

Don't Be the Chicken and Cheetos Lady

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
This is why psychologists deny certain people for weight loss surgery.

Zombie Outbreak!? "Spice" and the Synthetic Cannabinoids

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Synthetic cannabinoids in "Spice" products have been responsible for "zombie outbreaks" across the country. Should parents be concerned?

How Will the White House Opioid Task Force Effect Change?

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
It should focus on prescribers and new treatments for success.

Ambulatory Detox Modality Delivers Better Results

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
As America succumbs to an addiction epidemic avant-garde and cost-effective treatment program could help to dent the addiction curve.

Excessive Gaming and Pain Perception

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in In Excess
Some suggests that use of smartphones and videogames can be addictive. However, there is also evidence that such use can have therapeutic benefits, like reducing feelings of pain.

4 Secrets to Improving our Health and Mental Health

Do you know the 4 secrets, hiding in plain sight, to improve our health and mental health? Take a read...

Simple Steps to Porn/Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 03, 2017 in Minority Report
What do you do if you're not ready for therapy but need "action steps" to help you with sex addiction recovery? This recovery "packet of information" can be a great start...

Can Addictive Thoughts Be Useful?

Step 1: Recognizing and understanding the emotional forces underlying addictive behaviors.

10 Ways to Protect the Brain from Daily Screen Time

You may have heard that screen-time can wreak havoc on children's nervous systems. But aside from restricting technology, what can parents do to buffer against overstimulation?

Are You Too Hard on Yourself?

How can we let go of subtle and not-so-subtle aggression against our own selves when we find ourselves flawed? In a world that suggests perfection exists, can we access peace?

Genital Drug Injection

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in In Excess
Genital drug injection appears to be a rare behaviour but there are a number of recorded cases in the medical literature. But what do we know about this extreme behaviour?

NatCon17 Is Coming and I’m Going on an Airplane!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in All About Addiction
It's hard to stay inspired in the field of behavioral health without exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking. National conferences like NatCon17 help remedy that.