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Here’s How Marijuana Use Is Changing

By Richard Taite on August 26, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
It’s not hard to see how some parts of American culture are light years ahead of where they were just a few decades ago.

Screenagers and Technology Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in In Excess
There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

Video Games Stronger Than Morphine: U.S. Military

The Military has discovered that playing video games can be more effective than morphine in treating combat burn veterans—but what is this digital morphine doing to kids' brains?
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Here’s How Creative Arts Can Diminish Stress

While there’s no way for you to avoid stress entirely, you can use it to your advantage and harness its energy to create meaningful artistic expressions.

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Om More: 3 Signs You Need to Start Meditating

Meditation is not just for the spiritually inclined; regularly engaging in mindfulness meditation practices will lead to noticeable results in the way you live your everyday life.

Desiring, Wishing, and Willing Out of Control

By Peg O'Connor Ph.D. on March 18, 2016 in Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken
Troubles follow when we try to bend the world to our will.

Are You 'Addicted' to Chaos?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 17, 2016 in In Excess
The term 'chaos addiction' has been used repeatedly in populist articles but has not been studied empirically. But is it just another term for workaholism or something different?

The Psychology of Gambling

Gambling is an interesting psychological phenomenon, and there has been extensive research on how psychological processes affect gambling behavior and addiction.

Helping Young Adults Launch: Our Final Common Pathway

By Robert Fischer M.D. on March 15, 2016 in Failure to Launch
A strategic therapeutic approach, which is independent of DSM diagnoses for a more diverse group of young adults.
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A Checklist for Recovery

Move from using food to self-medicate your pain to looking at eating as an art. Incorporate this checklist for recovery to continue the healing from an eating disorder.
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Marijuana: Yes, There Are Medicinal Uses

This has American “compassionate access” programs hopeful about the new medication, which is available as a syrup that is easily taken by children with intractable epilepsy.

Don’t Ask the Internet: 3 Mental Health Myths

Mental health or illness is not as clear and obvious as a cut on the finger. Diagnosis needs to be done by professionals.
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Children and Horses: Equine Activities Improve Lives

This is especially important for children going through stress at home, such as divorce, illness or death of a close family member, or a move.

Addiction to Suicide Websites

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 10, 2016 in In Excess
In 2011, William Melchart-Dinkel was convicted of persuading two people he met online to commit suicide and of having a “suicide fetish.” But is it really an addiction or fetish?

‘Superdad’ in Recovery Says Men Can’t Have It All Either

By Jason Powers M.D. on March 08, 2016 in Beyond Abstinence
Will “Superdads” Turn to the Bottle to Do It All?

The Journey to Wellness Starts Here

The Resilience Regiment talks to Sierra Tucson.

Helping Patients Who See Their Disorder as a Friend

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Sovereign Health San Clemente

Trauma Tips for Understanding and Healing—Part 3 of 4

By Dan Mager MSW on March 07, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
The connection between trauma and addiction is a two-way street: trauma increases the risk of addiction and active addiction increases the likelihood of experiencing trauma.

Later Never Comes—Betrayal and the Threat of Intimacy

Understanding avoidance, especially avoidance of awareness of the threat of intimacy, requires understanding how betrayal in childhood leaves its mark on adult relationships.

Saving Psychotherapy From The Medication Takeover

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 06, 2016 in Saving Normal
NIMH has made empty promises of future neuroscience breakthroughs, but neglects its responsibility to fund psychotherapy research to improve mental health in the present.

Ruth Folit on Healing Through Journaling

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on March 05, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Ruth Folit on healing through journaling.

Mindfulness and Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on March 04, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
As patients practiced mindfulness meditation and tried to stay more focused on the present moment, participants found they experienced less pain.They also saw short-term benefits.

Lag Blues and Substance Use

By Margy Fetting Ph.D. on March 03, 2016 in Healing our Habits
Do you suffer with jet lag, car and bus lag, or train lag, and find yourself self-medicating with the overuse of alcohol, drugs, food, or smartphones?

Yoga: Good for Addicts and the Rest of Us

Recent research suggests that yoga acts when used in conjunction with meditation, can have important physiological and psychological effects.

Three Common Misconceptions About Marijuana

Marijuana is neither a cure-all medicine nor a slippery slope to “hard core” drug addiction.

A Sober Living Environment Built Around Caring and Community

The Resilience Regiment talks to Luke Chittick of Transcend Recovery Community

We Must Rely on Good Science in Porn Debate

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 02, 2016 in Women Who Stray
A response to Dr. Philip Zimbardo's exhortations about the dangers of porn

The Metaphors of Eating Disorders

Learn about, and how to effectively treat, these life threatening symptoms that affect millions of people all over.

Does Your College Student Have a Problem with Addiction?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 27, 2016 in College Wellness
Some students take longer to realize they have a drug or alcohol problem, but with the love, support and encouragement of their parents they can begin their journey to recovery soo

5 Adjectives That Point to a Drug Problem

Problem with drugs? You just might have one if these 5 words describe you.

What Kind of Drinker Are You?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 26, 2016 in Open Gently
Moderation groups may work better than abstinence for problem drinkers.

Adderall Misuse Is Rising Among Young Adults

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 26, 2016 in Side Effects
Adderall misuse among college and high school students increasingly is seen as unexceptional.

Where Kids Get the Help They Need

By The Resilience Regiment on February 26, 2016 in Voices in Recovery
The Resilience Regiment speaks with Paradigm Malibu

How I Became a Media Vegetarian

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on February 26, 2016 in BrainSnacks
According to the sixties’ “beat” poet Allen Ginsberg: “We’re in science fiction now, man. Whoever controls the images – the media – controls the culture."