Essential Reads

Sober Dating + Sober Sex = Less Drug and Alcohol Relapse

What should recovering alcoholics and former drug addicts keep in mind when pursuing romantic relationships?

When Pleasure Fantasies Cause Distress, What Can You Do?

By Meg Selig on January 21, 2016 in Changepower
Blissful daydreams and fantasies can be fun and helpful...unless their dark side takes control.

3 Reasons We Mourn Celebrity Deaths

By Deborah Carr Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 in Bouncing Back
Farewell, Bowie. Why it's perfectly normal (and even healthy) to mourn celebrity deaths.

Forensic Misuse of Sex Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 in Women Who Stray
Despite sex addiction not being an accepted diagnosis, people keep trying to use it as a way to stay out of jail, keep their kids, or to hang onto their career.

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Video Games Impact Your Feelings in Real Life

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
With an estimated 59% of the population playing video games, it’s time we paid more attention to their psychological impact.

An Anti-Drinking Drug May Hold the Cure to Sex Addiction

What about naltrexone makes it so effective at treating both alcohol and sex addiction? Study after study continues to suggest that behind every addiction, behavioral or otherwise, lies a malfunctioning reward center. It makes intuitive sense, then, that a medication that treats one kind of addiction may be able to treat another.

Time for Change: Four Steps Towards Fighting Anxiety

Max battles his smoking habit and finds help with the anxiety that had prevented him from enjoying better health. Four steps help him to create a healthy new start.

How to Deal With Addiction When You Have a Demanding Job

By Richard Taite on September 11, 2015 Ending Addiction for Good
First and foremost, there is no family and no job in the long-term if you don’t get help with your substance abuse issues. As drug addiction takes off and develops, it becomes harder and harder to keep your job, your family, your children—anything you value.

Blame It on the Boogie?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 09, 2015 In Excess
Psychological research has shown that dancing can have substantial benefits for physical and mental health such as decreased depression and anxiety, and increased physical and psychological wellbeing. However, there are also a number of studies that have claimed that dancing can possibly be addictive.

Lessons Learned in Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on September 08, 2015 A Family Affair
Lesson learned by loved ones to help them deal with the challenges they face with family members with substance abuse issues.

The Medical System Doesn't Know How to Reach Addicts

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 08, 2015 Open Gently
People recover from addictions on their own—rarely because of outreach from medical professionals.

Creating Boundaries With Dependent Adult Children

Adult children who remain overly dependent on their parents often are allowed to get into this situation because their parents enable them. The good news is that it is never too late to set boundaries!

5 Ways Yoga and Mindfulness Fight Addictions

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 04, 2015 Urban Survival
Yoga and mindfulness are powerful tools to fight addiction. Here are 5 ways that yoga and mindfulness can help you on your road to recovery.

How Illegal Drug Markets Operate?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 Science of Choice
Illegal drug markets, like all markets, respond to changing circumstances.

The Dynamic That's Poison for Any Couple

If the body decides that you have an addiction, the mind decides that you have an emotional need.

Overdose Awareness Week Addresses Public Health Crisis

This week is “Overdose Awareness Week” in my home state of Maryland. The week was designated to raise awareness of the heroin and opioid public health crisis, which has reached epidemic proportions. Of course, this public health crisis is not unique to Maryland; every state is battling this epidemic.

When College Shopping, Don't Forget About Mental Health

How well a school responds to its students’ mental health needs can be literally lifesaving, and that’s not just for the students already dealing with concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Many mental health issues first emerge in early adulthood, and college - with its stresses, competition and disconnect from familiar support network

Seven Signs You Need to Find a New Therapist

As with any relationship, a connection between the therapist and client needs to develop. This is important.

Genitally Does It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 In Excess
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a distressing, handicapping, and/or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in body appearance. One particular body part that has been the focus of some research in the BDD field is that of genitalia. Many men obsessively worry about the size of their penis. But what does the psychological literature tell us?

Remembering Blackouts: Interview With Sarah Hepola, Part 2

By Anna David on September 01, 2015 After Party Chat
In part two of our interview, the author discusses “futon alcoholics,” AA bashers and a child-friendly version of her book (three pages about her cat).

Obama’s Heroin Response Strategy

By Richard Taite on September 01, 2015 Ending Addiction for Good
The good news is that the Obama administration is making at least some effort to address the horrific accidental death rate from heroin and prescription opioid overdose.

Feeling Phone-verwhelmed?

Enjoy specific steps that you can take to create a healthier, more balanced relationship with your phone — and all forms of technology, for that matter.

Guns, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Trauma and Murder

Restricting guns and increasing access to mental health treatment is only part of the answer to violence in the US. We need to look at the role of substance abuse and family violence that surrounds children with violence. There is a need to examine our cultural tolerance of substance abuse and guns as a rite of passage and family violence as nobody else's business.

I Was On Ashley Madison

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on August 29, 2015 Minority Report
You are on the Ashley Madison list and the pit of your stomach is churning. You may experience shortness of breath, dizziness, or loss of concentration. Your double life is over and exposed (at least to those who have the list) now you're wonder if you should double-down and continue to lie or face significant consequences for sharing the truth. But where do you start?

Attraction & Infidelity: Can 'Eye Candy' Always Be Resisted?

When the Ashley Madison website, apparently promoting infidelity, was hacked revealing just how many people appear involved in relationship betrayal, the media appeared scandalised at the prevalence of infidelity - or at least the appetite for it. However psychologists have recently posed the opposite question - why is there in fact not more infidelity?

How to Tell Which Therapist is Right for You

There is a reason that a person uses to excess. That underlying issue must be acknowledged and worked through if recovery is going to be long lasting.

6 Signs of Addiction in Adult Children of Alcoholics

If you’re not already in a household where recognizable addiction, domestic violence or infidelity are the norm, there are warning signs that indicate that you could be on that path. The earlier you get help, the easier it is to make change.

What is Prescription Misuse?

Although "prescription drug abuse" is a hot topic, it seems that many don't understand exactly what this entails. Here, we describe the various types of prescription drug abuse and how it can impact one's life.

More Tips for Mothers of Adult Addicts

Parenting an adult addict is a difficult path. How different is parenting the recovering adult addict?

Frosh Week and Dangerous Drinking: What Can Parents Do?

While we know young people are likely to drink during frosh week, the real danger is that they could be dramatically under-estimating the amount of alcohol they're consuming. Here are some suggestions for parents who want to prevent their kids from developing a drinking problem.

Do Men and Women Experience Chronic Pain Differently?

Experts in the psychology field have long been working to better understand the differences between men and women. John Gray’s bestselling book, Men are from Mars Women are from Venus, remains popular more than 20 years after publication because new generations are still trying to answer questions about the different sexes.

Remembering Blackouts: An Interview with Sarah Hepola

By Anna David on August 27, 2015 After Party Chat
In the first of a two-part interview, the author shares her thoughts on how alcoholism isn’t always a burning building but a "wrecking ball from inside."

Sex: The Pursuit of Immortality at the Cost of Immorality?

Our minds are wired for survival, but what happens when the technology and abundance of contemporary life lead some of us to "eat beyond fullness" in terms of sex, diet, and information?

Why Do You Gamble?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 26, 2015 In Excess
All surveys of gambling have shown that there are a broad range motivational factors that are central to gambling, and that attitudes towards gambling are positively related to availability and cultural acceptability. But what does the psychological research say about why people gamble?