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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Emotional Eating: The Joy of Rewiring It!

By Laurel Mellin Ph.D. on February 19, 2016 in Rewired
Instead of dieting, rewire the emotional drive!

Yes, You Can: Four Ways to Strengthen Your Resilience

Although there are some people whose natural predisposition lends itself to a greater resilience against hardship and trauma, resiliency as a trait is nuanced and to some extent ca

Money Talks: Three Ways Heroin Addiction Hurts the Economy

By Richard Taite on February 19, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Ensuring economic prosperity is one of the most important things we can do to secure a bright future for our country.

Who’s Really Getting Us Addicted to Technology?

By Nir Eyal on February 19, 2016 in Automatic You
There are four people conspiring to keep you connected and they may not be whom you’d expect.

Dancing in Denial: What It's Like and How to Stop It

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on February 18, 2016 in A Family Affair
Is denial in your relationship with a loved one making your crazy?

The Decline, Fall and Rise of a Physician

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about a physician who abused drugs.

Eproctophilia Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 17, 2016 in In Excess
Olfactophilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from odours such as eproctophilia (sexual arousal from flatulence). But what is known about this behavior?

Mindfulness and Self-Destructive Behavior, Part II

Overcoming self-destructive behavior can feel overwhelming and painful. You deserve to understand how methods aimed at stopping the behavior actually work.
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Seeking Validation Online Doesn’t Bring Real Happiness

Pressure to be socially accepted can affect the self-esteem of many social media users. If you are negative impacted by SM, it might be time to reevaluate how you want to use it.

8 Common Projection Errors In Decision Making

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in Science of Choice
People behave as if their future feelings will be more like their current feelings.

Star Wars Psychology: The Problems with Diagnosing Kylo Ren

What's wrong with Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren? Borderline personality, psychopathy, intermittent explosive disorder, addiction, or Force-fueled immaturity?

Playboy.com's "Journalista" Explores OD Reversal Drug

By Amy Dresner on February 09, 2016 in Coming Clean
Playboy.com has a new provocative docu-series about sex and drugs. This episode is about a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

Jackee Holder on Life Coaching and Emotional Health

The future of mental health interview series continues with Jackee Holder on life coaching, self-coaching, and emotional health.

Writing for Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 09, 2016 in Minority Report
If you're an addict & want to gain greater insight into your behaviors, triggers, and overall addictive tendencies, what do you do? Research shows journaling can aid in recovery.

Jerod McBrayer’s Stinging Truth

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Jerod McBrayer shares his experience with mental illness and the reasoning behind his band's new album, which reflects a 12-Step recovery program.

Faux Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 09, 2016 in On Having Fun
There may be good reasons for thinking that fun isn't enough.

Bill D. on Alcoholics Anonymous

The future of mental health interview series continues with Bill D. on Alcoholics Anonymous

Once an Addict, Always an Addict

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 05, 2016 in Minority Report
Do you agree with the phrase, "Once an addict, always an addict"? Why or why not? This view of addiction may seem pessimistic in terms of recovery & clarification is needed here.
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Four Things You Need to Know about PTSD

By Richard Taite on February 04, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Is someone you know a little different in a way you can’t quite put your finger on, or perhaps a lot different in ways you find frightening or dangerous?
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Four Ways Spirituality Can Help You Cope with Difficulty

From our earliest days humanity has searched for a deeper meaning to existence, especially in the face of unbearable conditions and experiences.

Susan Raeburn on Group Psychotherapy

The future of mental health interview series continues with Susan Raeburn on group psychotherapy.

Addiction to Studying

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 in In Excess
There is little research and no generally accepted definition of study addiction but such behaviour has been conceptualized within research into workaholism.

The Failures of "Failure To Launch" Syndrome

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in All About Addiction
When we tell kids they're struggling with "failure to launch" syndrome, we hurt them while saying quite a bit about ourselves.

A New Approach Across the Globe

By The Resilience Regiment on February 02, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiments speaks with DARA Thailand

James Swanwick’s Challenge to Go From Average to Awesome

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in Brick by Brick
James Swanwick shares the positive benefits of being alcohol free.

Why Old Habits Die Hard?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 in Science of Choice
Many of our decisions are made on the basis of emotional and unconscious processes.

Simple Steps to Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 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? These simple steps can get you down the right track...

Drug Courts and the Restoration of Dignity

Drug courts recognize the humanity of drug users.

Utah Declares War on Porn Epidemic

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 in Women Who Stray
A Utah resolution continues the political efforts to blame society's sexual problems on the scapegoat of pornography.

The Everyday Clinician's Guide to Sex Addiction

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 29, 2016 in Minority Report
If you're a therapist with no formal training in sex addiction, then this guide is tailored for you. The information provided is hands-on, practical tools you can use with clients