Essential Reads

Can Playing Pinball Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in In Excess
Does pinball addiction exist? Only one academic paper has ever been published on pinball addiction (a case study) and this blog takes a look at that paper in more detail.

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.

More Posts on Addiction

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?

My Daughter Steals And Lies

How To Manage Defiant Daughter

Meeting People Where They Are

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Foundations Nashville.

Anger's Allure: Are You Addicted to Anger?

By Jean Kim M.D. on August 25, 2015 Culture Shrink
Anger is becoming an epidemic; it's worth exploring the biological and psychological reasons why anger can become addictive for people, and alternatives to kick the habit.

The Three Cs and More

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 A Family Affair
Courage, compassion and community are key ingredients to help loved ones heal.

For the Love of Dogs: Three Ways Companion Animals Help

According to a Gallop Poll, sixty percent of Americans have a pet. Most of those who have a companion animal have a dog.

These 8 Holistic Therapies Will Literally Change Your Life

The good news is that there are many activities we can participate in that will improve our overall health and lifestyle.

Josh Duggar, Porn Addict?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 Women Who Stray
Embattled Christian reality television star Josh Duggar has blamed porn addiction and a battle with Satan for the latest sex scandal, as he is revealed in the Ashley Madison data dump.

Sex Addiction

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on August 20, 2015 Minority Report
Is a sex-crazed person a sex addict? Is it someone who enjoys sex with his/her partner? Due to the confusion of sex addiction even among therapists, it's important to understand the qualitative difference that sets a sex addict apart from others.

Behavioral Addiction in OCD

Like addiction, both the obsessive thoughts and compulsions can take up an inordinate amount of time, making it impossible to meet the demands of a normal life.

Infidelity: Looking Beyond the Ashley Madison Scandal

Although it’s difficult to know where to draw the line between addiction, ‘high sex drive’ and plain old dishonesty, there are some basic patterns that one can identify in an effort to make sense of a betrayal.

Breaking Research on the Risks of E-Cigarettes

With the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and recent proposals to adjust regulation of e-cigatrettes, it's important to understand the risks associated with e-cigarette use, particularly in adolescence. A recent article published in the Journal of American Medical Association is the first study to examine how e-cigarette users may be at greater risk for smoking.

The House Drunk: Finding Our Way Out Together, Part 2

Following up on the previous entry, Ray and his mother learn skills for building a real relationship despite the complications that are part of addiction. And here we are, learning how to do the hard work of building better relationships, together, when addiction makes it even harder.

The Evolution Of Technological Addictions

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 In Excess
In October 2014, the world's press reported the story of a man being treated for internet addiction disorder brought on by his excessive use of Google Glass. But can someone really be addicted to a technological device?

Could Online Pornography Be A Silent Yet Exploding Epidemic?

Online pornography may be an emerging epidemic. Perhaps we need to treat the internet like any other possible addictive substance. Then we can be more thoughtful and intentional in being sure that online pornography doesn’t take hold of us and our youth.

So I’m Addicted to Exercise. Who Cares?

By Anna David on August 18, 2015 After Party Chat
I'm a sober addict who exercises. Regularly. More specifically, obsessively. If this is a problem, I'm holding onto it.

Could You Be at Risk of Instant Addiction?

Is it possible for someone to become instantly addicted to a drug? Most people might say no. Eventually, once individuals have used the drug enough, their brain begins to lose the ability to function without it. What if they try the drug once and know immediately they are hooked, and that the urge to use will likely never leave?

The Adolescent Brain on Meditation

By Guest Bloggers on August 18, 2015 The Guest Room
How mindfulness heals

America's Infatuation with Jim Harbaugh

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on August 16, 2015 Obesely Speaking
While other college coaches are busy strategizing to win football games, Jim Harbaugh is conquering a nation without trying.

How to Stop Yourself Before You Relapse

Perhaps the most frightening thing for a person in addiction recovery to go through is a relapse. It feels in the moment that all your hard work has been for nothing.

Addiction, connection and the Rat Park study

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 All About Addiction
Some recent chatter about addiction's causes has moved the pendulum back to social and environmental dysfunction. While I'm happy we're starting to look at the whole picture, we might want to be careful swinging too hard.

The Powerful and Lasting Effects of Sexual Betrayal

Is your spouse a sex addict? Do you feel like you are losing your mind?

6 Strategies to Communicate With Anger Addicts

Anger addicts cope with conflict by accusing, attacking, humiliating, or criticizing. Unchecked they can be dangerous and controlling. Learn 6 tips to communicate with these type of people.

It's her fault

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on August 13, 2015 Minority Report
If your spouse stops doing something sexually, what are you to do? Can you blame her for holding back? Can you use it as an excuse to act out sexually?

The Creativity Crisis and What You Can Do About It

By Jason Powers M.D. on August 13, 2015 Beyond Abstinence
The creativity crisis has clear ramifications as our world grows more complex. An IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the most crucial factor for future success. In fact, creativity is now seen as more important than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision. Part of maintaining a healthy, creative climate is avoiding addictive behaviors.

AA Saved My Life and I Get Why You Hate It

By Anna David on August 13, 2015 After Party Chat
I thought the only way to tackle alcoholism was through AA. I was wrong. But so are those who stake entire careers on railing against the program.

The Six Best Strategies for Successful Therapy

How can you find a good psychotherapist and get the most out of your psychotherapeutic experience?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 13, 2015 In Excess
Over the last few years, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has become the focus of increasing media attention. BDD is a distressing, handicapping, and/or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in body appearance that the sufferer perceives to be ugly, unattractive, and/or deformed. But what does the psychological literature tell us?