Essential Reads

Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 16, 2016 in Saving Normal
The potential list of behavioral addictions can conceivably expand to include almost every area of activity that people feel passionate about.

The Myth of the Addictive Personality

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in In Excess
The concept of 'addictive personality' is often used to explain addictive behaviour. This article argues that the concept of addictive personality is a complete myth.
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Yes, It Is Time to Finally Move on From Sex Addiction

A new clinical model for the treatment of out of control sexual behavior appears to suggest that the sex addiction model is approaching its expiration date.

Addiction as a Family Affliction

The addiction of a loved one brings up many difficult questions and may leave you feeling like you are riding an emotional rollercoaster you can’t get off.

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James Swanwick’s Challenge to Go From Average to Awesome

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in Brick by Brick
James Swanwick shares the positive benefits of being alcohol free.

Why Old Habits Die Hard?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 in Science of Choice
Many of our decisions are made on the basis of emotional and unconscious processes.

Simple Steps to Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 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? These simple steps can get you down the right track...

Drug Courts and the Restoration of Dignity

Drug courts recognize the humanity of drug users.

Utah Declares War on Porn Epidemic

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 in Women Who Stray
A Utah resolution continues the political efforts to blame society's sexual problems on the scapegoat of pornography.

The Everyday Clinician's Guide to Sex Addiction

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 29, 2016 in Minority Report
If you're a therapist with no formal training in sex addiction, then this guide is tailored for you. The information provided is hands-on, practical tools you can use with clients

Stop, It Hurts! Three Reasons to Avoid Prescription Meds

If you are considering seeing your doctor about prescription pain medication to treat your chronic pain, here are three things to consider before filling your prescription.

High at the Office: Four Things You Should Know

By Richard Taite on January 29, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
As an employer, it is in your company’s and employees’ best interest to help them find appropriate treatment.

Facing Fear and Letting Go

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 in A Family Affair
A mother's decision to finally accept what she cannot change.

Real Men Cry

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 29, 2016 in Minority Report
Society sends mixed messages to men saying they want to be more connected to their emotions yet they are dismissed and shamed for crying.

Everyday Delusions of Success

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 in The Human Beast
Clinical delusions involve a sharp break with reality. Delusions of everyday living are milder. They are a mark of psychological health and well-being.

Heroin Addiction Is Destroying the Lives of Young Americans

By Christopher Bergland on January 27, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Every day, approximately 125 Americans die from a heroin or opioid-related drug overdose. What can we do to stop the rising death toll? To learn more, please read this blog post.

'Addiction' to Fortune Telling

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 in In Excess
A recent case study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions reported the case of a woman ‘addicted’ to fortune tellers. Can such a behaviour really be classed as an addiction?
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Five Steps to End Your Email Addiction

Many of my clients spend most of their waking existence monitoring their email and social media feeds. Sound familiar? 5 steps to help you check less, but work—and play—more.

What About Shaming People Into Recovery?

By Stanton Peele on January 26, 2016 in Addiction in Society
Mindfulness and Loving Kindness are Buddhist practices with compelling psychological bases. They argue for the legalization of drugs, harm reduction, and self-empowering treatment.

How Erin Willett is Bringing Us Out of the Darkness

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Erin Willett, first a contestant on "The Voice" and now part of the current cast of "The Biggest Loser", shares her personal struggle with binge eating.

Why Do We Eat When We're Not Hungry?

By Eliezer J. Sternberg M.D. on January 25, 2016 in NeuroLogic
Scientists have discovered a brain circuit that may cause well as the strategy to overcome it.

Too Many Bad Drugs for Older Adults

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 in iAge
What type of medications are dangerous for older adults?

How Self-Inhibition Leads to Addiction

By Lance Dodes M.D. on January 24, 2016 in The Heart of Addiction
Addictive actions are never random. Get to know how you can predict and control them.

Is Portion Control Really the Key to Dieting Success?

By Gregg McBride on January 23, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Can there really such a thing as eating too many steamed green beans? In my experience (as someone who has taken off over 250 pounds and kept it off for a decade)... Absolutely.

Recovering From Opioid Addiction: Addressing the Brain

By Richard Taite on January 22, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) now estimates that as many as 2.5 million Americans are addicted to either heroin, prescription pain killers, or some combination of the

Spiral Up: Train Your Brain to Release Stress

By Laurel Mellin Ph.D. on January 21, 2016 in Rewired
Feeling stressed? New emotional tools to spiral up!
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Parents, Be Wary of “Innocent” Drug Experimentation

This is not the first time a young person has died from taking a substance that was misrepresented.

Can You Be 'Addicted' to Water?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 20, 2016 in In Excess
There are various accounts of individuals being aquaholics ("addicted to water). This article examines the literature on psychogenic polydipsia, hyponatraemia, and ‘aquaholism'.

When Your Mate Drinks Too Much

By Temma Ehrenfeld on January 19, 2016 in Open Gently
Love can help you leave an addicted partner.

Mindfulness in the Treatment of Self-Destructive Behavior

Self-destructive (dysregulated) behaviors can feel impossible to resist. Can mindfulness really help something so entrenched and overwhelming? (If so, how?)

5 Brain-Smart Resolutions

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on January 14, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
Preventing no pain no gain from turning into no pickles no onions.

Defensiveness Hinders Recovery From Addiction

Commitment to recovery is undermined when defensiveness minimizes the impairment, make others responsible for it, or attacks solutions for failing to meet some arbitrary condition.

Drinking, Drugs, and the College Transition

Substance abuse on college campuses is a frightening problem that few have solved. Here are lessons and approaches that have worked with students in the college transition.

Teens and Marijuana Addiction

By Kevin P. Hill M.D., M.H.S. on January 14, 2016 in Unbiased
Does your teen have a problem with marijuana?