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The Price of a High

Children are especially vulnerable when a parent is addicted. The current opioid epidemic makes it imperative that we hear children's voices and understand their felt experience.

Misuse of Stimulants by College Students

Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants by college students is common. Students who misuse these drugs have a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorder and conduct disorder.
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How and Why You Should Keep Your Temper in Check

By Richard Taite on October 21, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
At the end of the day we are human, not perfect, and it is okay to make mistakes so long as we learn from them and try to do better.

Cheating? But It Was Just a Webcam!

As our lives have become increasingly digital, the once-clear line between monogamy and infidelity has blurred.

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Sneezy Does It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 27, 2016 in In Excess
There are reports in the medical/psychological literature dating back to the 1890s of sexually induced sneezing in both men and women. But what more is known about the phenomenon?

The Power of Small Decisions

Choices that create an undesirable way of life are made one day at a time.

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Ryan Anderson on April 25, 2016 in The Mating Game
People often wonder what other people do in the bedroom. The evidence might surprise you.

Women, Blackouts, Sexual Assault, and Slut Shaming

By Peg O'Connor Ph.D. on April 22, 2016 in Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken
Alcohol blackouts leave women very vulnerable to sexual assault.
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Four Reasons You Should Pay More Attention to Alcohol Abuse

Here are four reasons you should pay more attention to alcohol abuse among the people in your life.
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Seven Things to Expect When You Go to Rehab

Addiction treatment centers vary, but if you are going someplace that is quality, there are a few things that you should be prepared for when you get there.

Alcohol Moderation Treatment Works!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 in All About Addiction
From individual examples to data from dozens of patients, research is showing that moderate drinking can be a successful alternatives to alcohol abstinence. So where is the field?

Obsessive Teeth Whitening and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2016 in In Excess
Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic procedure, but there are anecdotal reports of obsessive and addictive teeth whitening and as a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder.

3 Reasons Why Psychotherapy by Apps Might Be the Future

Mobile apps reach far beyond millennials, hipsters, and emojis.

4/20/16: Now That It's Nearly Normal...

By Eliezer Sobel on April 19, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
I certainly hope the rest of you have a great time, if and when widespread legalization comes to pass. And I’ll be really sorry to miss the party.

Old Habits Die Hard

By Suzette Glasner-Edwards Ph.D. on April 18, 2016 in Navigating Addiction Recovery
Are you trying to break an old habit without much luck? Try a few tips to stay motivated.

This Is What Screen Time Really Does to Kids' Brains

A number of troubling studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media

Has the Opioid Pendulum for Treating Pain Swung Too Far?

With the epidemic of opioid and heroin addictions sweeping the country—physicians are pinpointing new best practices for "balanced" multidisciplinary pain management strategies.

Heavy Marijuana Use May Reduce Your Brain's Dopamine Release

A new study has identified a correlation between heavy marijuana use and lower levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine controls reward-motivated behaviors and pleasure centers.

ADHD and the Rock Star Gene

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on April 15, 2016 in The Gift of ADHD
Adam Levine,, Justin Timberlake, and Solange Knowles have spoken publicly about their ADHD. Can ADHD be a gift?

Respond as if the Addict is Your Beloved Mother

It is a myth that addicts must find some kind of bottom before they seek treatment. In my experience, an addict’s “bottom” is very often somewhere past dead.

Stopping the False Epidemic of Adult ADHD

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 14, 2016 in Saving Normal
The father of the ADHD diagnosis, Keith Conners, thinks that the adult ADHD epidemic needs to be stopped before it causes even more damage.

Prescription Drugs and Malpractice: A Lethal Combination

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Prescription drug addiction and medical negligence create a “perfect storm” of corruption, misery and death in the U.S.

Documentary Film Tells Story of Race, Drugs and Baseball

Dock Ellis: High-flying baseball icon or survivor of drug dependence?

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

A recent study from Stanford University found that being a smoker has detrimental impacts on new employment opportunities and wage earning.

Tattoos and Sexual Attraction

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 13, 2016 in In Excess
Scientific studies on women’s tattoos tend to show that most people view them negatively. But does that include sexual attraction?

6 Reasons We Keep Playing the Lottery

By Kevin Bennett on April 12, 2016 in Modern Minds
Why do we keep playing when we know we shouldn't? The very long odds of winning the lottery don't seem to keep people from spending money.

How to Maintain Hope for the Addict in Your Life

Addiction treatment works, but you have to do the work of finding the highest quality care you can that appropriately meets the addict’s specific needs.

Is Alcohol or Drug Abuse Taking a Toll on Your Digestion?

Recovery from drugs and alcohol is a difficult process. A healthy diet and attention to gut health can improve mood, response to stress and may reduce risk for relapse.
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Incredible Edibles

Food drugs carry special risks, and marijuana is no exception.

What Parents Need to Know about Underage Drinking

As a parent, your actions have to match your words. It is relatively easy to be a positive role model.

How to Protect Yourself from Fentanyl Overdose

Overdose happens fast and death is irreversible.

What Horses And Genes Are Teaching Us About Addiction

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in Good Thinking
Three genes have been implicated in addiction to marijuana. Here is how horses can help us understand what that means.

Alcoholism and Shame

By Sarah A Benton MS, LMHC, LPC on April 08, 2016 in The High-Functioning Alcoholic
Throughout my personal and professional experiences working with active and sober alcoholics I have noted a theme: shame.