Essential Reads

Think You Can't Get Drunk on Soda Water? Think Again.

A powerful demonstration of how easily we can be fooled.

Malignant Narcissism and the Murder of a Parent

Loving parents, disturbed children and 12 approaches to the problem

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Writing a New Pain Prescription

A new report brings bad news and good for our prescription opioid epidemic.

Recent Posts on Addiction

The Good News About Being “In Transition”

Some people get tossed around by life changes that can affect them for weeks, months, or even years. Others may recover more quickly and use the crisis to prompt growth and the opening of new possibilities in their lives. These people are the ones who have cultivated the quality of resilience.

6 Ways to Keep Yourself from Going Back

By Tina Gilbertson LPC on December 05, 2014 in Constructive Wallowing
Multiple breakups with the same person are common, and they make breaking up harder by drawing out the pain and tears. Instead of happening once, the breakup happens over and over. Here’s how to make it final.

Microbiotal Transplant: Latest Weight Loss Secret?

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in Obesely Speaking
A real solution or another "Exercise in a Bottle"?

Digital Detox

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in In Excess
Technology is essential to most people’s working lives. However, the potential for technological overload has created a new type of anxiety that has been referred to as ‘techno-stress.’ Techno-stress can arise from many different routes. But what is it and how can we beat it?

Compulsive Buying

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in A Sideways View
The causes, manifestations and cures for compulsive shopping and spending are now better understood. This disorder seems more common than ever before in rich, materialist societies which seem to promote it. Why do some people develop this compulsion and what can we do about it?

The New Heroin User

Today's heroin addict is college-aged, professional and white.

Eating Disorders in Boys and Young Men

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on December 04, 2014 in Eating Mindfully
How many men struggle with eating disorders? Traditional definitions of eating disorders don't always apply to men due to different body ideals for men and women, but this doesn't mean that men are unaffected by eating disorders. In fact, eating disorders in men are often under diagnosed.

Video Games Rated A for Addictive

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 04, 2014 in Talking About Trauma
Excessive video game playing may represent a way of coping with underlying issues but it becomes its own problem when the impulse to play just can’t be denied.

Proving the Benefits of Meditation

Mindful meditation is a type of meditation (which is an exercise of deep, prolonged concentration) during which any feelings, emotions or thoughts are experienced as and when they arise during the exercise, opposed to after the meditation finishes.

Alcohol Abuse During the Holidays

By Richard Taite on December 03, 2014 in Ending Addiction for Good
The holiday season is upon us and alcohol is frequently more visible and free flowing during this time. Exactly where the line is between heavy drinking and clinical alcoholism can be vague.

Virtue and the Self

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on December 03, 2014 in For the Love of Wisdom
What if ancient advice fits nicely with modern accounts of the self?

How to Make a Support Group Safe

By Stanton Peele on December 03, 2014 in Addiction in Society
The murder of Karla Brada while attending AA by her AA partner raises what makes a support group safe. A number of policies have been advanced by both professionals and lay people who have been in "the rooms." Unfortunately, not one of these suggestions would have affected the Brada case. That is because none addresses the underlying issues presented by 12-step groups.

The Heartbreaking Origins of Irrelationship

The heartbreaking origins of irrelationship are examined through an incident where a young child feels that she has been able to effectively provide care for her younger sister. The ways in which this child's care taking routine was born of a family crisis, and ways to intervene in the budding development of irrelationship are explored.

A New Way to Safely Talk About Marijuana With Your Teen

Parents and teens typically have a big time communication gap when it comes to discussing marijuana. Thanks to this new helpful book, this is no longer the case.

Four Reasons Sex and Marijuana Don’t Mix

As marijuana’s social acceptability grows, it’s easy to forget that its use can come with some unwelcome side effects. A recently released National Institute on Drug Abuse summary of marijuana research, for example, confirmed that, yes, cannabis really can be addictive, it can impair brain development, and it has been linked to a variety of mental health issues.

How Happiness Happens From the Inside-Out

By Rubin Khoddam M.A. on December 02, 2014 in The Addiction Connection
The truth is that all those external things we think will impact our long term happiness are facades and that happiness works much more from the inside out. When we're happy, we see things more positively and go out into the world with a better attitude. And that better attitude will yield results you couldn't even have imagined.

Five Signs of a Closet Workaholic

Unfortunately, the recent avalanche of advances in communication technology has created increasingly effective antidotes to “family time.”

The Marshall Project Tackles the Criminal Justice System

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 02, 2014 in Brick by Brick
Neil Barsky is the founder of The Marshall Project, a non-profit website that coalesces news about the criminal justice system in the U.S. to raise awareness and motivate reform. The Marshall Project shines light on the criminal justice system and the national public health problem that mass incarceration has caused.

Is Your Man Gay, Straight or Bisexual?

Dr. Joe Kort, author of 'Is My Husband Gay, Straight, or Bi? A Guide for Women Concerned About Their Men,' talks about his new book in a recent interview and explains how he determines whether or not a man is gay, and what drives homosexual men into therapy.

What Are the Important Side Effects of This Medication?

Most medications come with a long list of side effect: Can and should we remember them all?

What Karla Mendez Brada’s Murder Tells Us About AA

By Stanton Peele on December 01, 2014 in Addiction in Society
CBS's 48 Hours, in a segment it did Saturday about the murder of Karla Mendez Brada by a man she met at AA and continued to attend AA with, claimed AA is a great success that has one unfortunate problem. But, instead, the case of Karla's death points out all of the inadequacies of—the real harm attributable to—our leading approach to alcoholism and addiction.

Mental Illness Advocate vs Mental Health Advocate

By Stephen Seager M.D. on December 01, 2014 in BrainTalk
A must read! Finally the truth! Mental illness advocates vs mental health advocates

“Magic Mushrooms” Might Be More Magic Than We First Thought

In 1960, two promising young psychologists at Harvard, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, began to explore the effects of psychotropic substances on the human mind.

Who’s Smoking Marijuana and How Much?

By Richard Taite on November 30, 2014 in Ending Addiction for Good
Statistics on cannabis users skew perceptions of cannabis use. Most statistical surveys of marijuana focus on a single quantitative measurement: “How many people are using?”

The Memory of a Great Love

Like a parachute, a heart can open fully; a person can, even after a long fall out of love, survive.

Sacred Hearts

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 30, 2014 in In Excess
Sex and religion have always had a somewhat uneasy relationship. When the two intersect there is often controversy, heated debate, and/or scandal. However, there are small numbers of people who are allegedly sexually aroused by religious artefacts, rituals, and/or behaviour. One such behavior is hierophilia (sexual arousal from religious and sacred objects)

Affirmaholism: Positive Affirmation As Self-medication

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 29, 2014 in Ambigamy
It's time to stop calling being positive a universal virtue. It's a risky form of self-medication best tolerated in those who need it most.

Are On-Demand Movies and TV Shows Stealing Your Life?

By Susan Biali M.D. on November 28, 2014 in Prescriptions for Life
Do you get sucked into watching hours upon hours of online movies and television shows? Are you starting to feel uneasy about your habit, but love it too much to stop? Wake up to what you've been missing out on, and the sneaky but huge impact online entertainment is having on your life. Hit that "off" button and step back into the real world.

A Simple Way to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions

There's a simple way to stick to resolutions. It doesn't cost anything, and it's easy to do. Learn the way you can stick to resolutions and make big changes in your life.

Why Depression Test Is Good News for the Addicted

We may soon be bypassing the trial and error of treatment options and proceeding straight to what works best to eliminate depression.