Essential Reads

Study Pinpoints Brain Circuitry of Emotional Decision-Making

By Christopher Bergland on September 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
We all know the gut-wrenching feeling of making a tough emotional decision. Recently, MIT neuroscientists pinpointed the brain mechanics behind emotional decision-making.
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How Drum Circles Can Improve, if Not Cure, Your Depression

Have you ever wondered how people used to treat depression before prescription medications were invented?

Anthony Weiner Is Not a Sex Addict, Neither Is Anyone Else

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
"Sex addiction" doesn't pass muster in medical research, but you'd never know it by those benefiting from keeping it in the public discourse.

Life... Don't Talk to Me About Life

By Robert J King Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Hive Mind
The U.K. press recently picked up our paper about violence and gambling. Here's why they (and other traits) tend to go together and why this matters.

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Struggling With Sex

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 04, 2016 in Minority Report
How can a 30-year-old man have erectile dysfunction? How much of this is related to his compulsive masturbation to pornography?

Can Someone Be Homosexual and Not Gay?

Many men, especially those who are married and experiencing same-sex attraction, are unwilling to accept the label "gay," and prefer "homosexual" instead. Here's why.
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Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in A Family Affair
Is the stress of loving someone who abuses alcohol and drugs harming you? A few mini-relaxation techniques can help quiet your busy mind.

Don't Let Your Feelings Become Infected

By Rubin Khoddam on March 31, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
Our minds can get infected as easily as our bodies. When we let our feelings fester and never address the root cause, a psychological infection occurs.

A Blood Test to Diagnose Depression?

Understanding the biological roots of depression can produce faster diagnosis and better treatment options.

People, Places, and Things That Trigger Drug Use

By Rubin Khoddam on March 30, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
We know how powerful drug cravings can be, but we often fail to realize how our environments also shape and influence our cravings.

Is There One Best Way to Quit Smoking?

By Meg Selig on March 30, 2016 in Changepower
How best to quit smoking? The real key to terminating any bad habit is surprising...and it's not something research alone can tell you.

Gaming to Death

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 30, 2016 in In Excess
Over the past 18 months, there have been a number of gaming-related deaths. But what is it that makes gaming so compulsive and addictive?

Compassionate Pathways to Sobriety

The Resilience Regiment talks to Solid Landings Behavioral Health

The Path to Serenity

A conversation with James Marshall III, COO at Serenity Springs

Trauma Survivors and the Lifetime Channel

Understand why violent media programming draws trauma survivors to "binge-watch" episodes and how, as a clinician, you can intervene in this negative behavior.

Approaching Trauma and Pain at the Deepest Roots

The Resilience Regiment talks to The Refuge – A Healing Place

Empowering Teens and Restoring Families

The Resilience Regiment speaks to Newport Academy
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Three Ways Officials Are Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

We’ve made a list of the three biggest ways our representatives are trying to fight this national health crisis and halt the staggering body count attributable to opioid abuse.

6 Things I Hate in Movies

Hollywood has a cocaine-induced view of the human condition.

Alcohol or Drug Use Can Rob Your Body of Nutrients

Recovery from substance use disorders is a difficult process. Often ignored is the role of nutrition in improving mental health and reducing risk for relapse.

Teen Opioid Abuse: Can LifeSkills Training Reduce Misuse?

By Guest Blogger on March 28, 2016 in The Guest Room
In the midst of a nationwide opiate-addiction epidemic, researchers are seeing promising results from a program that can help teens resist drug use.

Who Needs All These Digital Devices?

Mobile phones have changed the way we live. But can we live without them?

Digital Media Lay Bare the Ethical Hazards of Political News

Frustrated over the state of political journalism? So are journalists working amid industry-wide economic anxiety and reflecting on ethical lapses.

How to Stop Disrespecting Your Children

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on March 27, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Over decades, psychotherapist Alice Miller published details about child abuse. How do parents become self-aware (of what seems normal to them) and stop mistreating their children?

Mindfulness and Self-Destructive Behavior, Part III

Overcoming self-destructive behavior can feel overwhelming and painful. You deserve to understand how methods aimed at stopping the behavior actually work. (Part III)

Fewer Opioid Prescriptions: 3 of the Newest CDC Guidelines

Anyone tuned into substance abuse issues in the United States knows there’s been a growing epidemic of opioid-based prescription medication abuse.
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Four Reasons to Get Sober This Easter

Easter is the perfect opportunity to begin your journey in recovery. Here are four reasons you shouldn’t wait any longer to stop abusing drugs or alcohol and start embracing a life

The Trauma Searchers, Gabor Maté and Ted Cruz

By Stanton Peele on March 24, 2016 in Addiction in Society
As social trauma festers and grows, people magnify hurts to their detriment.

Suffocation Roulette And Childhood Choking Games

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 23, 2016 in In Excess
The ‘choking game’ (known as the ‘fainting game’ and ‘suffocation roulette’) is an example of self-asphyxial risk-taking behaviour. But how prevalent is it and what do we know?

Long-Term Marijuana Dependence Linked to Problems at Midlife

A new longitudinal study, released today, reports that persistent, heavy use of marijuana throughout early adulthood is associated with social and economic problems at midlife.

Guess What? Smoking Cigarettes Is Also Bad for Your Car

People who smoke in their cars end up polluting the interiors in ways that can't be cleaned or ventilated.

A Toxic Coupling: Codependence & Drug Addiction

By James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW on March 22, 2016 in Life in the Recovery Room
"Intervention Codependent" exposes the dual addiction of drug use & codependancy. Interventionist, Kristina Wandzilak claims "Behind every addict is an equally great codependent".

Kicking a Gambling Habit with a Little Help

The Resilience Regiment talks to Williamsville Wellness.

There’s No Such Thing as (Real) Self-Sabotage

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 21, 2016 in All About Addiction
When we talk about self-sabotage, we fool ourselves into thinking that some people purposefully disrupt their success in life. But that's just not true.