Essential Reads

Risk of Relapse to Alcohol Drops After 5 Years of Sobriety

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on July 18, 2016 in Neuraptitude
New research reveals that a former alcoholic's risk of relapse after 5 years of sobriety is about the same as the risk of developing alcoholism in the general US population.

New Research Asks, “Does Why You Look at Porn Matter?”

A new study links “escapist porn use” to negative life consequences.

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Why You Can’t Get Enough Sugar

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 11, 2016 in Cravings
There are many reasons why you crave sugary foods, and just as many reasons why you cave into your cravings.

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Children and Horses: Equine Activities Improve Lives

This is especially important for children going through stress at home, such as divorce, illness or death of a close family member, or a move.

Addiction to Suicide Websites

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 10, 2016 in In Excess
In 2011, William Melchart-Dinkel was convicted of persuading two people he met online to commit suicide and of having a “suicide fetish.” But is it really an addiction or fetish?

‘Superdad’ in Recovery Says Men Can’t Have It All Either

By Jason Powers M.D. on March 08, 2016 in Beyond Abstinence
Will “Superdads” Turn to the Bottle to Do It All?

The Journey to Wellness Starts Here

The Resilience Regiment talks to Sierra Tucson.

Helping Patients Who See Their Disorder as a Friend

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Sovereign Health San Clemente

Trauma Tips for Understanding and Healing—Part 3 of 4

By Dan Mager MSW on March 07, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
The connection between trauma and addiction is a two-way street: trauma increases the risk of addiction and active addiction increases the likelihood of experiencing trauma.

Later Never Comes—Betrayal and the Threat of Intimacy

Understanding avoidance, especially avoidance of awareness of the threat of intimacy, requires understanding how betrayal in childhood leaves its mark on adult relationships.

Saving Psychotherapy From The Medication Takeover

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 06, 2016 in Saving Normal
NIMH has made empty promises of future neuroscience breakthroughs, but neglects its responsibility to fund psychotherapy research to improve mental health in the present.

Ruth Folit on Healing Through Journaling

The future of mental health interview series continues with Ruth Folit on healing through journaling.

Mindfulness and Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on March 04, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
As patients practiced mindfulness meditation and tried to stay more focused on the present moment, participants found they experienced less pain.They also saw short-term benefits.

Lag Blues and Substance Use

By Margy Fetting Ph.D. on March 03, 2016 in Healing our Habits
Do you suffer with jet lag, car and bus lag, or train lag, and find yourself self-medicating with the overuse of alcohol, drugs, food, or smartphones?

Yoga: Good for Addicts and the Rest of Us

Recent research suggests that yoga acts when used in conjunction with meditation, can have important physiological and psychological effects.

Three Common Misconceptions About Marijuana

Marijuana is neither a cure-all medicine nor a slippery slope to “hard core” drug addiction.

A Sober Living Environment Built Around Caring and Community

The Resilience Regiment talks to Luke Chittick of Transcend Recovery Community

We Must Rely on Good Science in Porn Debate

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 02, 2016 in Women Who Stray
A response to Dr. Philip Zimbardo's exhortations about the dangers of porn

The Metaphors of Eating Disorders

Learn about, and how to effectively treat, these life threatening symptoms that affect millions of people all over.

Does Your College Student Have a Problem with Addiction?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 27, 2016 in College Wellness
Some students take longer to realize they have a drug or alcohol problem, but with the love, support and encouragement of their parents they can begin their journey to recovery soo

5 Adjectives That Point to a Drug Problem

Problem with drugs? You just might have one if these 5 words describe you.

What Kind of Drinker Are You?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 26, 2016 in Open Gently
Moderation groups may work better than abstinence for problem drinkers.

Adderall Misuse Is Rising Among Young Adults

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 26, 2016 in Side Effects
Adderall misuse among college and high school students increasingly is seen as unexceptional.

Where Kids Get the Help They Need

By The Resilience Regiment on February 26, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with Paradigm Malibu

How I Became a Media Vegetarian

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on February 26, 2016 in BrainSnacks
According to the sixties’ “beat” poet Allen Ginsberg: “We’re in science fiction now, man. Whoever controls the images – the media – controls the culture."
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3 Reasons You Can’t Ignore Trauma

When you face difficult times, you have two options: work through the difficulty you’ve encountered or try to avoid it.

The Secret to Teen Talk

By The Resilience Regiment on February 25, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
Mendi Baron shares how to connect with teens at Evolve Treatment Centers.

Baby Blues: Three Invisible Risks of Giving Birth

By Richard Taite on February 25, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
While many mothers do experience feelings of euphoria following the birth of a child, it’s not uncommon for some to have trouble recovering from the delivery.

Helping Teenagers Become Their Best Selves

By The Resilience Regiment on February 25, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with Gryphon Ward of Evolve Treatment Centers

Addiction and Mindfulness

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 24, 2016 in In Excess
Mindfulness has increasingly been used in the treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders. But what is the evidence that they can help in treating behavioral addiction?

Fighting Addiction with a Mindful Approach

By The Resilience Regiment on February 23, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with The Kiloby Center for Recovery

Achieving Sobriety With Support, Strength, Self-Forgiveness

By The Resilience Regiment on February 23, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with Hotel California by the Sea

Rescuing Teens Who Think They’re Invincible

By The Resilience Regiment on February 23, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with Destinations to Recovery