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Here’s How Marijuana Use Is Changing

By Richard Taite on August 26, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
It’s not hard to see how some parts of American culture are light years ahead of where they were just a few decades ago.

Screenagers and Technology Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in In Excess
There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

Video Games Stronger Than Morphine: U.S. Military

The Military has discovered that playing video games can be more effective than morphine in treating combat burn veterans—but what is this digital morphine doing to kids' brains?
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Here’s How Creative Arts Can Diminish Stress

While there’s no way for you to avoid stress entirely, you can use it to your advantage and harness its energy to create meaningful artistic expressions.

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Don't Let Your Feelings Become Infected

By Rubin Khoddam on March 31, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
Our minds can get infected as easily as our bodies. When we let our feelings fester and never address the root cause, a psychological infection occurs.

A Blood Test to Diagnose Depression?

Understanding the biological roots of depression can produce faster diagnosis and better treatment options.

People, Places, and Things That Trigger Drug Use

By Rubin Khoddam on March 30, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
We know how powerful drug cravings can be, but we often fail to realize how our environments also shape and influence our cravings.

Is There One Best Way to Quit Smoking?

By Meg Selig on March 30, 2016 in Changepower
How best to quit smoking? The real key to terminating any bad habit is surprising...and it's not something research alone can tell you.

Gaming to Death

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 30, 2016 in In Excess
Over the past 18 months, there have been a number of gaming-related deaths. But what is it that makes gaming so compulsive and addictive?

Compassionate Pathways to Sobriety

The Resilience Regiment talks to Solid Landings Behavioral Health

The Path to Serenity

A conversation with James Marshall III, COO at Serenity Springs

Trauma Survivors and the Lifetime Channel

Understand why violent media programming draws trauma survivors to "binge-watch" episodes and how, as a clinician, you can intervene in this negative behavior.

Approaching Trauma and Pain at the Deepest Roots

The Resilience Regiment talks to The Refuge – A Healing Place

Empowering Teens and Restoring Families

The Resilience Regiment speaks to Newport Academy
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Three Ways Officials Are Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

We’ve made a list of the three biggest ways our representatives are trying to fight this national health crisis and halt the staggering body count attributable to opioid abuse.

6 Things I Hate in Movies

Hollywood has a cocaine-induced view of the human condition.

Alcohol or Drug Use Can Rob Your Body of Nutrients

Recovery from substance use disorders is a difficult process. Often ignored is the role of nutrition in improving mental health and reducing risk for relapse.

Teen Opioid Abuse: Can LifeSkills Training Reduce Misuse?

By Guest Blogger on March 28, 2016 in The Guest Room
In the midst of a nationwide opiate-addiction epidemic, researchers are seeing promising results from a program that can help teens resist drug use.

Who Needs All These Digital Devices?

Mobile phones have changed the way we live. But can we live without them?

Digital Media Lay Bare the Ethical Hazards of Political News

Frustrated over the state of political journalism? So are journalists working amid industry-wide economic anxiety and reflecting on ethical lapses.

How to Stop Disrespecting Your Children

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on March 27, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Over decades, psychotherapist Alice Miller published details about child abuse. How do parents become self-aware (of what seems normal to them) and stop mistreating their children?

Mindfulness and Self-Destructive Behavior, Part III

Overcoming self-destructive behavior can feel overwhelming and painful. You deserve to understand how methods aimed at stopping the behavior actually work. (Part III)

Fewer Opioid Prescriptions: 3 of the Newest CDC Guidelines

Anyone tuned into substance abuse issues in the United States knows there’s been a growing epidemic of opioid-based prescription medication abuse.
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Four Reasons to Get Sober This Easter

Easter is the perfect opportunity to begin your journey in recovery. Here are four reasons you shouldn’t wait any longer to stop abusing drugs or alcohol and start embracing a life

The Trauma Searchers, Gabor Maté and Ted Cruz

By Stanton Peele on March 24, 2016 in Addiction in Society
As social trauma festers and grows, people magnify hurts to their detriment.

Suffocation Roulette And Childhood Choking Games

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 23, 2016 in In Excess
The ‘choking game’ (known as the ‘fainting game’ and ‘suffocation roulette’) is an example of self-asphyxial risk-taking behaviour. But how prevalent is it and what do we know?

Long-Term Marijuana Dependence Linked to Problems at Midlife

A new longitudinal study, released today, reports that persistent, heavy use of marijuana throughout early adulthood is associated with social and economic problems at midlife.

Guess What? Smoking Cigarettes Is Also Bad for Your Car

People who smoke in their cars end up polluting the interiors in ways that can't be cleaned or ventilated.

A Toxic Coupling: Codependence & Drug Addiction

By James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW on March 22, 2016 in Life in the Recovery Room
"Intervention Codependent" exposes the dual addiction of drug use & codependancy. Interventionist, Kristina Wandzilak claims "Behind every addict is an equally great codependent".

Kicking a Gambling Habit with a Little Help

The Resilience Regiment talks to Williamsville Wellness.

There’s No Such Thing as (Real) Self-Sabotage

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 21, 2016 in All About Addiction
When we talk about self-sabotage, we fool ourselves into thinking that some people purposefully disrupt their success in life. But that's just not true.

Cannabis Use Disorders Are Skyrocketing in the United States

Approximately 6 million Americans have a cannabis use disorder. Unfortunately, only about 13 percent of people with lifetime marijuana use disorder ever seek or receive treatment.
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Marijuana Use Increases Violent Behavior

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on March 20, 2016 in The New Brain
Continued cannabis use increases odds for subsequent commission of violent crimes by 7 fold, similar to the increased risk of lung cancer from smoking cigarettes for 40 years.

Mark Ragins on MHA Village

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on March 20, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Mark Ragins on MHA Village.