Essential Reads

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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The Good and Bad of Opioid Prescription Limits

By Richard Taite on November 07, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
The benefits and the shortcomings of state-based opioid prescription limits.

"71 Doctors Declare Trump has Dementia, Unfit for Office"

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Statistical Life
Why fight the lies. Write something that you know some people can't help but want to believe and sit back as social media does it's magic.

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Three Reasons to Reconsider Medication Assisted Treatment

A new life in recovery is about making decisions free from any substances. Your loved one has an opportunity to live drug-free. Take it.
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Punch Drunk: Six Factors That Influence Your Buzz

Knowing why you drink and how best to do so responsibly will help you ensure your drinking is always under your control.
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Four Ways to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Whether you’re looking for a personal solution to opioid abuse or to improve the health and welfare of our nation, there are groups working to fight and reverse the opioid overdose

Connecting Child Maltreatment and Behavior Health Problems

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Stop The Cycle
About 13% of US children have mental health and/or substance abuse problems. Prevention and treatment must consider child maltreatment as a possible factor to address.

Gambling, ADHD, OCD and Kleptomania

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in In Excess
Papers in psychiatric journals have claimed that many of the characters in the Star Wars movies have underlying psychopathologies including pathological gambling, OCD and ADHD

Moderation - Strategy or Fantasy?

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
When moderation is the answer but not an option...

Can Any Behavior Be Addictive?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 05, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
The answer is probably “yes,” depending on the person.

Writing Your Narrative From Trauma to Addiction: 4 Prompts

As an advocate of writing for healing, my experience has shown that childhood trauma can lead to addiction in adulthood. Writing one's story is a way to heal. Blog offers tips.

Yes, Benzos Are Bad for You

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 01, 2016 in Saving Normal
The benzos are dangerously seductive – easy and pleasant to start, but frequently addictive and almost impossible to stop. They do little good and cause much harm.

Screentime and Arrested Social Development

Millennials can have a hard time conversing and making eye contact when face-to-face. How will this affect them when it comes time to be an adult in the real world?

10 Factors Predicting Relapse

An understanding of the circumstances under which people fail at self-control can provide valuable insights into how to overcome self-control problems.

The Anatomy of Addiction

By The Book Brigade on June 30, 2016 in The Author Speaks
The time for medication-assisted treatment of addiction has come.

Nazi Fetishism

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in In Excess
Examples of Nazi fetishism can be found in both musical content and films but what do we know about it from an academic and psychological perspective?

When Sharing Is Not Such a Good Idea

By Mark Borigini M.D. on June 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
If only someone could take back the real Original Sin: the lack of common sense.

5 Proven Ways to Beat Temptation and Boost Your Willpower

Self-control is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Making an early decision to change your environment takes less effort and is likely to be more successful than using willpower

The "Rock Bottom" Myth and the Shame It Brings On

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in All About Addiction
Mental health labels can help us understand our clients, but they can also make us completely miss who they are. Here is a cautionary tale of one girl's difficult road back.

Susan Silver: Job Justice

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Sensoria
We must help ex-offenders connect "with appropriate community resources to find jobs, housing, substance abuse, treatment, and mental health care."

44 Billion Reasons to Stop Drinking

By Rubin Khoddam on June 27, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
The National Institute of Health is preparing to fund the largest study of brain development in adolescents to date. Read why they are going to spend $150 million on it.

What Is a Behavioral Addiction?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 27, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Ingesting drugs and alcohol may produce short-term rewards that then result in a lack of control over the behavior.

Prince's Death and the Opioid Addiction/Overdose Myth

By Stanton Peele on June 26, 2016 in Addiction in Society
The emergent narrative of Prince's drug use and death makes no sense, but simply serves to reinforce popular but misguided ideas about addiction and deaths due to drugs.
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“Hero” Serial Killers

In the news recently was a male nurse who claims he endangered and killed so many patients he'd lost count; he had wanted to be a hero.

What I Learned About Alcohol and Alcoholism at the Hospital

By Stanton Peele on June 25, 2016 in Addiction in Society
You get some sense, and some nonsense, at the hospital about alcohol.

Signs Your Children Are Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on June 24, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Summer is here and that means teenagers are out of school. Here are signs to look out for to tell if your teenager might be abusing drugs and alcohol in their free time.

Erotic Lactation

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in In Excess
Lactophilia is a sexual paraphilia where individuals (typically male) derive sexual pleasure from watching women lactate. But what do we know about this sexual behaviour?

Why is Gratitude a Helpful Tool for Loved Ones?

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on June 21, 2016 in A Family Affair
Research supports the benefits of gratitude. It can help shift one's perspective from negative to positive.

Philadelphia’s Snack a Tax

Is a taxation to limit mastication ever justifiable or effective?

Which Way Will Prince’s Death Lead Us in the Opioid Fight?

Common sense and compassion in dealing with addiction can be hard to find, but the defeat of punitive fentanyl legislation offers hope.

Preventable: Straight Talk About Prince's Overdose

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on June 17, 2016 in The Gift of ADHD
Creative lives might be saved--or at least improved--if the industry as a whole takes a few simple steps.

Baby Boomers Have Shorter Lifespans

By Kimberly Key on June 17, 2016 in Counseling Keys
While increasing numbers of the Great Generation are living past 100, Baby Boomers are facing earlier deaths at alarming rates, making Millennials the largest population group.

Feeding Your Brain

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 15, 2016 in Cravings
Are you addicted to eating? Does food change your mood? It's all in your head!