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.

More Posts on Addiction

Gambling, Sex, And Gaming In Virtual Reality

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 15, 2016 in In Excess
There is little scientific evidence (as yet) that individuals have become addicted to virtual reality (VR) applications. However, could the new VR applications be addictive?

Prince Would Do Prison Time Under Fentanyl Bill

By Jason Powers M.D. on June 14, 2016 in Beyond Abstinence
Senate proposal harkens back to the 1980s, when low-level offenders were locked up for decades.

Are Celebrity Doctors the Angels of Death?

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 10, 2016 in Culture Shrink
Celebrity doctors and VIP treatment need to follow the basic ethics of the Hippocratic Oath, do no harm, instead of catering to the whims of their famous clients.

Three ways depression is connected to food

With depression often comes dissatisfaction with one’s appearance. Food, the fuel our body runs on, plays a key role in this mind-body relationship.

Eating Disorder Treatment: In Home Transitional Support

Transitional eating disorder specialists are meeting clients in their homes, at local restaurants, on college campuses, or just off campus to provide meal support and coaching.

Can Quilting Be an Addiction?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in In Excess
There is academic research on the psychology and sociology of quilting and online reports of the quilting hobby being "addictive". This article separates the fact and the fiction.

Religious Disapproval of Porn

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 07, 2016 in Open Gently
Using porn more than once a week seems tied to shame.
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10 Reasons We Rush for Immediate Gratification

In the same way that preferences for food items differ across people, so do preferences for time.

Can Antidepressants Turn You Into a Food Addict?

There may be a very simple cure for treating food addiction issues.

Psychological Nutrition: A New Prescription for Chronic Pain

Reframing pain management as the management of emotional, or psychological nutrition may be a chronic opioid alternative.

Living in the Limelight and the Underbelly of Superfluidity

What can we learn from Prince's tragic death? This blog post offers some insights based on the latest neuroscience of opioid addiction and the common pitfalls of fame and fortune.
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7 Ways to Improve Your Life in Long-Term Addiction Recovery

Five years of recovery from addiction is a wonderful milestone, but it’s also just the beginning.
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Alcohol Abuse Remains a Leading Cause of Death

Alcohol abuse continues to be a serious problem in the United States. Let’s be sure that all those who need help for substance abuse get it.

Cannabis Use Associated With Few Health Problems in Midlife

Cannabis use in midlife is associated with surprisingly few health problems, according to a new study.

What’s Up With Illegal Drug Use?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents Interview: Dr. Nora Volkow.

Plastic Surgery to Cope With Bullying?

Some argue that surgeries can have positive impacts on children.

Why Probuphine Will Flop

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on June 01, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Although the Food & Drug Association (FDA) recently announced its approval of Probuphine, I believe there are a number of formidable hurdles that will severely limit its adoption.

Journaling to Recovery, Made Simple

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on June 01, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Journaling: a highly effective method of addiction recovery that takes two minutes or less every day

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 8: Addictive Behavior

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Happiness on Purpose
Many suffer from an addiction, whether it be to a substance, an activity, or a person. In the first of a three-part blog series, learn how to get started getting stopped.

Sports Betting Via Smartphones

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in In Excess
Mobile phone betting provides convenience and flexibility, and from a gaming operator’s perspective, provides gambling on the move. The future of sports gambling is here already.

Food Addiction Is Really About the Need for Love

Obsessions about food or food addiction can often go along with an obsessive focus on relationships. When one is active, the other is dormant. Emptiness may be the cause of both.

Unexpected Double Whammy: Opioids Prolong and Intensify Pain

A troubling new study reports (for the first time) that even short-term use of opioids may increase and prolong chronic pain.

Neuroscience Pinpoints How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits

In a groundbreaking new study, neuroscientists have pinpointed the brain mechanisms that drive habit formation.

Four Under-Reported Facts about the Opioid Epidemic

Beyond ringing the alarm, many news outlets are less eager to dive into the nitty-gritty details that make opioids’ hold on our nation so strong.
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Three Meditation Myths that Keep You from a Healthier Life

When you think of people practicing meditation, you might think of millennials in a yoga studio or aging flower children in a field near their commune.

Treating a Family Disease That Can Affect Any Family

By The Resilience Regiment on May 27, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment talks to Seabrook House

Mindfulness and Self-Destructive Behavior: What Next?

Sometimes you can get so caught up in trying to hide the things about yourself you think are wrong – that you can lose touch with what you actually do feel and value.

Art Set Him Free: A Former Prison Inmate's Story

One man explains how art helped him get through prison.

Crush Fetishism And 'Animal Torture Porn'

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 25, 2016 in In Excess
A crush fetish is where individuals derive sexual arousal from watching someone of the opposite sex crushing things (including animals). But can people really be turned on by this?

Is Fear of Emotion Driving Our Addiction?

We are more likely to overcome an addiction when we learn to face our emotions rather than listening to an inner enemy that tells us to seek escape.