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9 Tips to Stay Sober on Your Next Vacation

With summer in full swing, here are a few quick and easy tips to keep you or a loved one happy, healthy and sober on your next adventure.

Overdosed America

How did the U.S. become a nation involved in a prescription opioid epidemic?

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.

More Posts on Addiction

Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions: They’re Not Good for Your Health

By Howard S. Friedman Ph.D. on December 26, 2010 in Secrets of Longevity
New year's resolutions are a bad idea. Forget them! There are much better ways to stay healthier. There's a good clue in Auld Lang Syne.

Addiction during the holidays: Recovered or not, it's important to be prepared

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 23, 2010 in All About Addiction
The holidays can bring about anxiety, stress, and a return to unhealthy behavior for those at risk. Make sure you're prepared this holiday season to make sure that gifts and family time are the memories you ahve this year.

Framing: Your Most Important and Least Recognized Daily Ment

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on December 22, 2010 in Insight Therapy
A crucial mental activity, a contest of sorts, is continuously going on inside your mind. Its consequences for how you live cannot be overstated. And yet, you are hardly ever aware of it.

EvPsychers don't believe in psychological insight - cavemen didn't need it!

By Stanton Peele on December 21, 2010 in Addiction in Society
A review of responses from EvPsychers about theories of addiction shows that they can't think about psychology - because people on the savannah didn't do so.

Did Mark Madoff have PTSD?

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 17, 2010 in Just Listen
If you go from brittle to fragile following a horrendous trauma, the fear of being re-traumatized and going from fragile to shattered, fragmented and irretrievably lost can drive a person who needs to be in control to take desperate actions… including killing themselves.

The Psychology of Facebook OCD

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on December 13, 2010 in Insight Is 20/20
Facebook OCD is a problem in cyberspace.

The genetics of quitting smoking- Bupropion and nicotine metabolism

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 02, 2010 in All About Addiction
The promise of pharmacogenomics is exciting: knowing who to give what medication and how much of it for the best effect with the fewest adverse reactions. If you think the hope is too great, check out results from this smoking cessation trial - Booya!

Creating a Web of Connection via the Web

Today's veterans don't have many people who understand their experience close by to talk to about that experience.

I am Scared but Hopeful

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on December 01, 2010 in
Plenty of tweens and teens don't get high or sit around just staring at a computer screen. But for those who do have mental health or addiction issues -- there is hope. But hope only comes about with the help of others: parents, relatives, friends, specialists who care.

In Memorium

By Frances Kuffel on December 01, 2010 in What Fat Women Want
When the Black Dog settles in, he sleeps on your chest, making it hard to breathe, hard to stand up, hard to show your real self to the world.  He is ravenous, he is smothering, he steals your sleep.

Have a Good-Not a Goods-Holiday: The good life comes from doing, not having

By April Lane Benson Ph.D. on November 29, 2010 in To Buy or Not To Buy
With the holiday season upon us (and retailers lathered up for it), I want to remind us all (as I remind myself): a good holiday doesn't have to be a goods holiday.

On Free Choice and our Future Selves (Part 2)

By Kristie L Miller PhD on November 29, 2010 in A Date With Socrates
Bad Choices: Are you rolling the dice on your future self?

People, places, and things - How important are drug-related triggers for relapse?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on November 28, 2010 in All About Addiction
The power of a little taste of drug as a way to re-activate addictive behavior makes sense but the fact that drug-related triggers may be even more powerful is at least a little surprising...

On free choices and our future selves

By Kristie L Miller PhD on November 24, 2010 in A Date With Socrates
Are you tying up the future you?

Why Do Smarter, Healthier, and Richer People Drink Moderately?

By Stanton Peele on November 24, 2010 in Addiction in Society
People who drink moderately are healthier than abstainers due to alcohol's beneficial effects, and because they lead better lives. They have more interests, more friends, and more purpose in life.  Moderate drinkers also have more control of their lives and don't fall for the idea that substances control them.

Professional Caregiver: Heal Thyself!

By James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW on November 21, 2010 in Life in the Recovery Room
Family caregivers are overwhelmed and underappreciated. I am preaching to the choir when I say that. As we talk about the "sanwich generation" or the "club sandwich" generation should not we also be aiming our attention back to the mirror an be speaking about "The Clinical Sandwich" generation, as well?

Family Therapy for the Holidays

By Jacqueline Hudak M.Ed., Ph.D., L on November 21, 2010 in FamilyLife
 Like ghosts in the night, old family issues, long dormant, reappear at holiday time. 

Health Alert on Caffeine and Alcohol - We're All Gonna Die!

By Stanton Peele on November 20, 2010 in Addiction in Society
You should never drink rum & Coke, Irish coffee, Kahlua, alternate alcohol with soft drinks, or have coffee after a dinner where you drank.  Doing any of these things stands a "good chance of killing you," according to Yale's Prevention Research Center.

Havoc with Circadian Rhythms: "Light Pollution" and Weight

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on November 19, 2010 in The Gravity of Weight
We now live in a 24/7 environment where we are all exposed to "light pollution." How much does this affect our circadian rhythms?

7 Essential Steps to Mastering Temptation

By Jeff Wise on November 16, 2010 in Extreme Fear
Poor impulse control takes its toll on all Americans. Children born today might be the first in American history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. They will also face greatly diminished economic prospects, as runaway spending contributes to an increasingly unsustainable debt load. But there are simple steps we can take to fight back.

Kids Today Pay a Higher Price for Getting High

By Woodson Merrell M.D. on November 15, 2010 in The Source of Healing
Reefer Madness? Black market drugs now are different, often much stronger, than what's been available for many decades. And genomic research shows it is very likely there are changes taking place within the human genome as a result of generations of illicit drug use.

Rigid Greed

By Jennifer L. Patterson on November 15, 2010 in When More Isn't Enough

National Gaming Day Is Sending the Wrong Message

By Ryan G Van Cleave Ph.D. on November 14, 2010 in Unplugged
On November 13, 1,800 libraries throughout the world will participate in the largest simultaneous national video game tournament ever. While folks from Guinness World Records might be supportive of this, the rest of us should not be.

When Asked What They're Addicted To, Men Boast Instead

By Stanton Peele on November 14, 2010 in Addiction in Society
When Benoit Denizet-Lewis asked men to confess their addictions, they sounded more like they were boasting.

Playing violent video games: Good or bad?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 09, 2010 in Moral Landscapes
The Supreme Court is weighing arguments for and against a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. The dispute is over whether it is a violation of free speech to ban them. But the issue is really about public health