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10 Keys to Recovery

The must-haves for recovery from mental illness or addiction.

When You Suspect Your Kid has a Substance Abuse Problem

If you find evidence that your child is using drugs or alcohol, here are some suggestions about how to take the next step and talk to your child.

Sobering Truth About Addiction Treatment in America

By David Sheff on May 08, 2017 in Overcoming Addiction
People blame politicians, drug dealers, and pharmaceutical companies for the overdose crisis, but blame doesn't doesn't help people get well. The addicted need quality treatment.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Want to Change

Changing isn't easy, but these 4 questions from Motivational Interviewing may make the process a little easier.

More Posts on Addiction

Vatican Nonsense Continues

By Catherine McCall MS, LMFT on July 17, 2010 in Overcoming Child Abuse

How Everyone Already Knows the Disease Theory is Full of ___, but is Afraid to Say So

By Stanton Peele on July 17, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Although the vast majortiy of addicts quit addictions on their own, they're not allowed to tell anyone, or to believe it themselves.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder: No, this is NOT All About Mel "Mad Max" Gibson!

Intermittent Explosive Disorder: No, this is NOT All About Mel "Mad Max" Gibson!

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 15, 2010 in Evil Deeds
Do domestic batterers and other violent offenders (and their victims) suffer from some type of anger disorder? This posting is not about talented movie actor and gifted director Mel Gibson, the alleged notorious telephone tapes and lurid (as yet unproven) charges leveled against him by former girlfriend and mother of their eight-month-old daughter Oksana Grigorieva. Nor is it about the curious connection between creativity and evil. (See my previous post regarding Roman Polanski.) It is really about our runaway rage epidemic ( a subject I've been writing on for thirty years) and what we can do to manage this menacing mental health crisis. 

Brain, Interrupted... Fixing Broken Attention in Daily Life

Multitasking in multimedia changes the brain in powerful ways.  It's time to pay attention to attention, and take our brains back.

I-Dosing: Digital Drugs and Binaural Beats

By Ron S. Doyle on July 15, 2010 in You 2.0
Forget the medical marijuana dispensaries popping up on every street corner in California and Colorado and the disturbing accessibilty of real drugs like ecstasy and cocaine. Let's all worry about the new "digital drug" in town: Idozer.

Consistency Is Always The Best Policy

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on July 14, 2010 in
The results of a new Caron Treatment Centers study show that while parents have great intentions of helping to prevent substance abuse they often inadvertently encourage teenage drinking.

Five personal reasons for not taking psychiatric drugs

By Stanton Peele on July 13, 2010 in Addiction in Society
We take more psychiatric meds than ever - and in many cases we feel we benefit from them.  Are we really better off?

Notes Home

How funny that we can't bring ourselves to tell our children the most fundamental truth about sex: that most of the time we have sex, we have it for pleasure.

Analysis Of The Health Care Law

WARNING: The time required to read this post will violate my five-minute rule---by a wide margin. This isn't so much to punish readers for my decision to read all 1,163 pages of the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (HR3590) and all 337 pages of the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (HR4872)—known collectively as the health care law—but rather because a shorter post couldn't possibly do an analysis of it justice (not that a longer post will either, but here goes...).

The Bizarre Ways That LeBron James Proved Charles Barkley Right

 LeBron James' decision to go to the Miami Heat as a free agent, left some confused.  Athletes make difficult decisions that they think are best for them sometimes, even if it leaves us scratching our heads...another reminder that we should be the role models for our children.

Are You a Cyber-Addict?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 06, 2010 in Open Gently
If you miss sleep or meals or time with your kids because you're playing online, change your habits.

The Creative Addiction: Is the Muse Friend or Foe?

By Jonathan Fields on July 05, 2010 in Awake at the Wheel
Pearl S. Buck said: The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

Heroin use among suburban teens grows because it's 'no big deal.'

By Robbie Woliver on June 29, 2010 in Alphabet Kids
Heroin use is growing among white suburban teens, and the key problem is that this new generation of young junkies sees no stigma and are so-offhanded about using the dangerous drug.

Does An Early Development of Empathy Prevent Addiction?

"In a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Addictions, Dr. Giovanni Martinotti and others found that levels of empathy quotient (EQ) was significantly lower in alcohol dependent patients compared to that of the control group members determined not to be dependent on alcohol."

Is Joran van der Sloot Setting Up His Psychiatric Defense?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on June 23, 2010 in Evil Deeds
When you have a pissed-off five or ten-year-old in a big, strong body, with the freedom to do just as they please--drive a car, drink, gamble, travel, have sex, do drugs, exploit, intimidate and bully others and generally get their own way--you have an extraordinarily dangerous person capable of the most evil deeds.

No More Best Friends - Next, No More Lovers?

By Stanton Peele on June 20, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Kids are no longer allowed to have best friends - next, they'll ban lovers - it'll be like hell!

Shakespeare and Modern Love - Kiss Me Kate

By Stanton Peele on June 19, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Shakespeare invented how we speak, think, and love - as tracked through his plays, Rome and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Taming of the Shrew.

"Oddly, I Am a Naturally Sunny, Optimistic Person Who Has Also Struggled with Depression."

By Gretchen Rubin on June 18, 2010 in The Happiness Project
I recently made a new friend, Maia Szalavitz, and I was thrilled when I got my hands on her new book (with co-author Bruce Perry), Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered. Empathy, and the ties that bind people into relationships, are key elementsof happiness. The book has many fascinating sections. For example, I was struck by this passage:

Suicidal Thoughts

By Jen Kim on June 14, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Studies suggest more people are at risk for suicides, and its not just because of the economy.

Intense Attachments

By Sandra L. Brown M.A. on June 11, 2010 in Pathological Relationships

An Inborn Talent Genetic Test? Unlikely

By Jesse Reynolds on June 10, 2010 in The Age of Biotech
This test captures much of what is wrong in direct-to-consumer genetic testing: preying upon our parental insecurities, exaggerating the simplicity and importance of genes, and offering what is likely a sham product.