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Recent Posts on Addiction

The Psychology of Brian Williams

By Stanton Peele on February 14, 2015 in Addiction in Society
Brian Williams' transgressions result from a key source of male insecurity—not playing on the high school football team. Some men may never overcome this "shortcoming" no matter how famous and admired they become.

New DSM-5 Disorder Spurs FDA Drug Approval, Expanded Market

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 14, 2015 in Side Effects
A drug-maker's blunt challenge: “increase the numbers of patients diagnosed.”

Want to End Dependence on Rx Pain Meds for Chronic Pain?

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on February 13, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
I helped create the Prescription Pain Medication Self-Assessment (PPMSA), along with a team comprised of a medical doctor and licensed mental health counselors specializing in treating patients with chronic pain. We developed the assessment to help people struggling with long-term use of prescription pain medications.

Caffeine is a gateway drug to cocaine

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on February 13, 2015 in Your Brain on Food
By any definition, caffeine is clearly a gateway drug. Thus, is caffeine a food or a drug; sometimes it is very hard to tell the difference.

Thirst Responders

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 in In Excess
Most people have probably heard of ‘binge drinking’ and ‘binge eating’. But what about binge gambling? Binge gambling shares many similarities with other binge behaviours including loss of control, salience, mood modification, conflict, withdrawal symptoms, denial, etc. This blog looks at an interesting case study of binge gambling

Danger to Gay Men Huffing Poppers

Participants in a new study have reported a small but growing and worrisome trend among some gay American men.

Attachment Styles Can't Change, Can They?

John Bowlby, the founding father of attachment theory, argued that the attachment style formed in early childhood often continues to shape a person’s behavior far into adulthood, permeating all future liasons. The attachment style of adults, however, need not completely reflect the child’s early interactions with a caregiver. Sometimes it undergoes a radical shift.

Obsessive Posting Is A Result Of Obsessive Following

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on February 12, 2015 in Our Gender, Ourselves
For better or worse, we're too willing to listen.

Marijuana for Dogs?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 11, 2015 in Canine Corner
With more states in the US legalizing medical and recreational use of marijuana more dogs are becoming exposed to this substance as well. There are some suggestions that this may have benefits for our pets but there are also potential dangers to our pets.

3 Relationship Myths, Debunked (and 1 Proven True)

A lot of love advice out there is nothing more than myths and urban legends. If you are an experienced myth buster, go solve some puzzles on Mensa's math site. If not, continue reading.

Why Residential Rehab Matters in Heroin Addiction

A sweeping 11-year study out of Australia adds fresh understanding to our knowledge of heroin dependence and, in the process, challenges a widely held misconception—that residential rehab doesn’t really do much to help the heroin addict. Instead, the research shows residential rehabilitation may well set the best course to long-term improvement.

Within Reason

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 10, 2015 in In Excess
There is a belief that some people are destined to become addicted. Typically this is explained in one (or both) of two ways. That some people (i.e., "addicts") have an addictive personality, and that there is a genetic basis for addiction. But where does addiction reside?

How to Help a Self-Destructive Partner (and What Not to Do)

As Valentine’s Day approaches, couples become more mindful of the ways in which they can show their love through caring gestures and gifts. However, many people are in a relationship with a significant other who is grappling with some form of self-destructive behavior. Learn the do's and don'ts that can help you navigate this difficult and emotionally charged issue.

Treating the Person not the Part

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on February 09, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
Aristotle said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." This sentiment certainly applies when working with people in chronic pain. It makes perfect sense that when a body part is injured or in pain, that part is treated. But what if someone has a chronic pain condition?

How to Change People Who Don't Want to Change

By Joseph Grenny on February 09, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
When you’re trying to influence people who need motivation, but not information, don’t offer more information. That’s nagging. Instead, use questions to create a safe environment where they can explore motivations they already have

Will Legalizing Marijuana Increase its Use? Probably Not

By J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Almost Addicted
The writing is on the wall that cannabis will increasingly be legalized in various ways and that access will become easier and easier. In the face of this reality, two big questions arise: will cannabis usage skyrocket? Will addiction rates go through the roof? The answer to both is probably not.

5 Reasons That Alcohol Makes You Fat

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on February 07, 2015 in The Fallible Mind
Most of the calories in drinks come from the alcohol more than the carbs or sugars they contain. There's no getting around the facts, which is why low-alcohol beverages are better for your waistline than low-carb varieties.

Why Stress Can Make You Do Some Unusual Things

By David DiSalvo on February 07, 2015 in Neuronarrative
Researchers have shown that not only does stress predispose us to wanting pleasure, it makes our desire for it drastically out of proportion to our enjoyment. The reward never reaches the level of our want.

Childhood Trauma and Masturbation

Often when a child undergoes abuse or trauma there are not sufficient outlets for all the rage, despair and grief that results from the betrayal. Masturbation is one of the most accessible and available forms of numbing out, because you rely only on your own body to produce the intoxicating chemicals that soothe the pain.

de·tach·ment

A person becomes detached from a hut only when they are able to move into a mansion.

My Seven Healthy Obsessions

By Jennifer Haupt on February 06, 2015 in One True Thing
Cooking has always been celebrity chef Jesse Schenker's first passion and true "addiction." After getting out of jail, he flipped the switch and put the same tenacity and passion that he had for drugs into his cooking. Here are some of his other healthy habits he's become addicted to.

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

By Gregg Henriques on February 06, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

Irrelationship's Performer—Human Antidepressants

The song-and-dance routine of the "Performer" is driven by the need to distance himself from his own anxiety and pain by taking care of his primary caregiver (usually a parent). He will often develop into the do-gooder, caretaker, rescuer or hero, but those are roles cultivated from childhood, usually emerging from a distinct relational—or irrelational—pattern.

Looking to Meet Mr. Right Online?

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 in Unwrapped
Faster, faster, faster should not be confused with better, better, better. Turning to technology to find Mr. Right often goes all wrong as the technology itself often takes the place of human connection.

When Sex Isn’t About Pleasure

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 in Unwrapped
Sexual compulsivity is treatable. That may be one of the most important sentences you will ever hear. If it’s threatening your personal and professional life, there is an alternative.

How Alcohol Advertising Affects Adolescents

By Richard Taite on February 05, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
Remember all those great Super Bowl ads for beer? According to a study by researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youth was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking.

A New Drug Treatment for Binge-Eating Disorder

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 04, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
On January 30, 2015, the FDA approved the use of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) to treat binge-eating disorder (BED) in adults. This is the first medication ever approved by the FDA for the treatment of BED. But before you run out to your nearest physician to get your prescription, here are some things to know.

Occupational Hazard

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in In Excess
To date, few measures of workaholism have been developed. A couple of years ago, I and some of my colleagues developed a new work addiction scale that was actually based on addiction components (called the 'Bergen Work Addiction Scale'). Find out if you are a workaholic using our psychometrically valid scale in this blog.

What We Can Learn From Russell Wilson’s Super Failure

Failure doesn’t get much more public than this. The Super Bowl. 114.5 million people watching. A ball thrown slightly off the mark. The end of a dream for the Seahawks and their fans. Yet, after it was over, the man who threw the ball sat before a press corps assembled to record his humiliation and said, “I can use this for the future.”

Alcohol, Marijuana, and Motor Vehicle Accidents

Alcohol and marijuana are among the drugs most commonly used by adolescents and young adults.