Essential Reads

Confessions of a Smartphone Junkie

Dealing With Smartphone Addiction

How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

Adult-Onset ADHD Is Usually Something Else

By David Rettew M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Doctors are seeing increasing numbers of people presenting with what looks like adult onset ADHD. A recent study, however, finds that ADHD is rarely the cause.

Is Addiction a Disease of the Brain?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Addiction is when the primary process mind overpowers the deliberative actor mind.

More Posts on Addiction

Your Brain on Drugs - and Your Addiction Treatment Plan

By Barry Southers, M.Ed. on May 03, 2017 in A Clearer Image of the Brain
Is the future of addiction treatment here? Recent neuroimaging studies suggest it might be.

Addict Cleans Up, Then Is Shunned by Family

Addiction is in the news again, and everyone wants to believe it's caused mostly by genetics. But a letter to a newspaper advice columnist reveals hidden family dynamics.

Marijuana: The Newest Invasive Species

By Mark Borigini M.D. on April 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
As if cell phones and one-more-Corona were not enough to keep those of us who do value our lives off the highways, now we all must contend with a large population driving stoned.

Excessive Rubik's Cube Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 27, 2017 in In Excess
Reports of excessive Rubik's Cube use have continually surfaced over the last 35 years. But is there any evidence that playing a Rubik's Cube can be addictive?

Why Am I Dependent on Caffeine, and How Can I Wean Off?

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Brain Babble
Many of us require a cup of coffee (or five) every morning. Why do we become dependent on caffeine? And is it possible to wean off and get back to "normal"?

Is Social Pain Real Pain?

The same brain areas involved in processing physical pain such burning or hurt are also activated when a negative comment burns or when your feelings are hurt. Social pain is real.

Enough Is Enough Series, Part 6: LSD Reconsidered

Psychiatry is considering using LSD to treat psychiatric conditions. An extremely bad idea.

Warning: This Drug May Kill You

In this beautiful and sorrowful HBO documentary, we crisscross this country to meet families who represent today’s victims of the opioid epidemic.

Teen Prescription Med Abuse Skyrockets, Parents Clueless

7 warning signs for parents and how to protect kids.

Sex, Footwear, Fashion, and Fantasy

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in In Excess
For a small minority of people, shoes can become a sexual fetish either on its own or overlapping with other sexual paraphilias. But what do we actually know about shoe fetishism?

Finding the Right Path for Each Individual, Making It Work

By The Resilience Regiment on April 19, 2017 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with AToN Center.

I Need Help Dealing With My Angry and Alcoholic Mother

How To Deal With A Very Complicated Mother

Thoughts About Opioid Addiction

Taking a look at the thinking processes underlying opioid addiction.

Stress Can Lead to Unwanted Consequences

Drug use is surely not the best way to manage stress.

13 Reasons Why Men Cheat

Hey guys! Cheating is not the only option.

Wake-Up Call

How I became determined to shed light on addiction.

Back From the Dead

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in In Excess
Lazarus Syndrome refers to the spontaneous return of blood circulation after the person has been declared dead. But what do we know about this very rare phenomenon?

Don't Be the Chicken and Cheetos Lady

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
This is why psychologists deny certain people for weight loss surgery.

Zombie Outbreak!? "Spice" and the Synthetic Cannabinoids

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Synthetic cannabinoids in "Spice" products have been responsible for "zombie outbreaks" across the country. Should parents be concerned?

How Will the White House Opioid Task Force Effect Change?

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
It should focus on prescribers and new treatments for success.

Ambulatory Detox Modality Delivers Better Results

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
As America succumbs to an addiction epidemic avant-garde and cost-effective treatment program could help to dent the addiction curve.

Excessive Gaming and Pain Perception

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in In Excess
Some suggests that use of smartphones and videogames can be addictive. However, there is also evidence that such use can have therapeutic benefits, like reducing feelings of pain.

4 Secrets to Improving our Health and Mental Health

Do you know the 4 secrets, hiding in plain sight, to improve our health and mental health? Take a read...

Simple Steps to Porn/Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 03, 2017 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? This recovery "packet of information" can be a great start...

Can Addictive Thoughts Be Useful?

Step 1: Recognizing and understanding the emotional forces underlying addictive behaviors.

10 Ways to Protect the Brain from Daily Screen Time

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on April 01, 2017 in Mental Wealth
You may have heard that screen-time can wreak havoc on children's nervous systems. But aside from restricting technology, what can parents do to buffer against overstimulation?

Are You Too Hard on Yourself?

How can we let go of subtle and not-so-subtle aggression against our own selves when we find ourselves flawed? In a world that suggests perfection exists, can we access peace?

Genital Drug Injection

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in In Excess
Genital drug injection appears to be a rare behaviour but there are a number of recorded cases in the medical literature. But what do we know about this extreme behaviour?

NatCon17 Is Coming and I’m Going on an Airplane!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in All About Addiction
It's hard to stay inspired in the field of behavioral health without exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking. National conferences like NatCon17 help remedy that.

How We Create Unnecessary Anxiety To Motivate Ourselves

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How being dependent on anxiety is holding you back.