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Nine Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab

If you have a loved one in need of addiction treatment, the time to act is now.

Our Kids Are Not All Right

By the age of 26, diagnostic rates of addiction were two to three times those in national norms.
Judy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW, CEDS

Changing the Tide for the Severely Ill Eating Disordered

​Eating disorder patients who have been on death's door provide profound opportunities for recovery. Doing the work is difficult, but fantastically rewarding: A therapist reflects.

Does It Really Matter How We Talk About Addiction?

Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. When talking about addiction, the truth of this age old adage rings empty. In this article, find out why.

More Posts on Addiction

Acceptance and the Road Back from Depression: Appreciating Days Spent Sitting on My Hands

By Kelly G Wilson Ph.D. on September 23, 2010 in Living One Life
We often measure our actual lives against invented standards that we never quite meet--or, at least, the meetings are too brief. We buy into the idea that there is some "good enough" and if only we could reach that, we could rest. If we think about our very best days, it is pretty easy to find value in them. But what if we could learn to see the value, not just in our best days, but also in our least capable days? What if we could claim our days, all of our days, and count them as valuable? 

Is This Real Life?

By Erica Mantell M.S. on September 19, 2010 in Girl Meets Television

The Tea Party as a Cargo Cult

By Stanton Peele on September 18, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Cargo Cults formed among South Sea Islanders when the Americans withdrew from the South Pacific after defeating Japan, taking their vast wealth with them.  Islanders in response formed Cargo Cults, in which they prayed to model airplanes like those the Americans flew as totems to bring back their lost paradise.  Tea Partiers are likewise Americans who are irrationally pursuing a bygone era of prosperity, simplicity, and world dominance.  And, when Cargo Cults crash, the human wreckage is awful.

Some Fall Thoughts

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on September 16, 2010 in
There are myriad activities that take place at this time of year - a starting up of things if you will - that can make one feel exhausted just thinking about them.

Self-Monitoring Made Easy

By Frederick Muench Ph.D. on September 10, 2010 in

Don't Press "Send" While You're Still in Your Pajamas

Email - that ever so tempting medium of immediate gratification which often leads to lingering regret. How many times did you get up in the middle of a sleepless night with the absolute conviction that you must tell your ex one essential thing right that minute? If only he knew this, either he'd feel enormous regret for his actions or perhaps, if you're lucky, you could make him feel a crumb of the hurt he's made you feel. 

Relapse

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 05, 2010 in Don't Delay
I will never do this again. I can't believe I've done this to myself again. Not true. Relapse is more the rule than the exception. Planning on it, accepting it, moving on, are key elements to a successful strategy for change.

How to Stand Out in Any Job

By Chris Guillebeau on August 31, 2010 in The Art of Non-Conformity
Regardless of what kind of work you do, it’s usually not difficult to set yourself apart by going beyond the status quo of being average.

Is There a Middle Way in 12-Step Programs? (Part I)

By Frances Kuffel on August 29, 2010 in What Fat Women Want
For all the neuroscience advances that Dr. Johnson touts, no one has handed addicts a pretty pink pill.  Dopamine and serotonin be damned!  I still get depressed on aximum-plus doses of sertraline and bupropion.

Change and Growth: Not All They Are Cracked Up to Be?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 27, 2010 in Insight Therapy
Change and growth are the "celebrity" goals of therapy, but you should not believe the hype. Other, less sexy, aims are often more worthwhile.
Why Do People Choose Polyamory?

Why Do People Choose Polyamory?

By Deborah Anapol Ph.D. on August 24, 2010 in Love Without Limits
Just as there are many different forms a polyamorous relationship can take, there are many different reasons people choose polyamory. We’re not always conscious of the reasons we do things, and sometimes we even make up reasons which have little to do with our real motivations. I’m not saying that we intentionally lie to ourselves, or to others. Rather, we find ourselves doing something and then make up a story to explain it. So it's not surprising that people are sometimes in dark about why they're choosing polyamory.

This Really Happened . . . Sort Of

By Evan Marshall on August 23, 2010 in The Literary Life
There's an unspoken bond of trust between reader and author. If it's in print, we think, it must be true. But that's not necessarily so. Literary hoaxes have been foisted on us since the 5th century BCE, when Dionysius the Renegade wrote a play called Parthenopaeus and passed it off as the work of Sophocles. Dionysius's motive was to make a fool of his rival, Heraclides. These days, the motive behind literary hoaxes is usually money.

What Facebook Does to Friendships

By Jen Kim on August 23, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Facebook Addiction Disorder... Friendship Matchmaking Services... Is the Internet making us socially stupid?

Do You Need Rehab For Your Heartbreak?

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on August 20, 2010 in The New Teen Age
Dopamine: Why It's So Hard to "Just Say No"

Dopamine: Why It's So Hard to "Just Say No"

Research indicates that to "just stop" is not so easy.

Living Life by the Tweet- A US Trend or a Generational tragedy?

There is no doubt that women today present more [body image issues] and those who watched the [reality] show were particularly affected and moved to “inspirational action.” Though the world of self esteem has always been an age-old challenge, the concept of self esteem either comes from the world of promotion or attraction.

Two Forms of Alcoholism

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 07, 2010 in All About Addiction
Stanton Peele doesn't shy away from giving us his view, but in saying that alcoholism is just a phase, he may have missed the mark a little...

Hold that needle: Acupuncture for holistic addiction treatment?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 07, 2010 in All About Addiction
Holistic treatments are popular, especially among those that have money, but when it comes to treatments that don't have to go through regulatory approval, it's important to do your research before you buy in. When it comes to acupuncture, opiate withdrawal relief seems to be the only supported use... For now.
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Our Rehab Habit

By Lynn Phillips on August 03, 2010 in Dream On
American culture seems to be turning into an addiction theme park. In addition to the usual books, plays and songs about addiction, television reality shows are flooding the airwaves with shows about people who just can't seem to stop doing self-destructive things. Programs featuring hoarders, rehab, cartels, intervention, halfway houses, addicted celebrities, binge eating and excessive pet adoptions are now strewn through every cable line-up like used works in a rust-belt drug den. But one of the most remarkable features of the addiction media boom is its banality.Unlike the geniuses and rockers, the delinquents and beats, bad boys and fast girls of old, most of the addicts we're seeing these days are deglamorized: witless and spotty, stripped of distinguishing verbal and sartorial style, they don't start out high enough to work up any momentum on the way down. Why is that? What's going on?

Three Tips for Sugar Addicts

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on July 30, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
Like many addictions, there are physical problems driving your sugar cravings.

The sleeper effect of a single cigarette: why "just once" spells bad news for your brain, your body, and future addiction.

A little-known but startling study from 2006 found a 3-year "sleeper effect" for tobacco addiction: smoking just one cigarette created a dormant vulnerability in kids that became expressed under stress years later.

A Myth About Alcohol, Drugs and Creativity

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on July 26, 2010 in
Too many young poets, writers, composers, painters, musicians, etc. get caught up in the self-defeating misconception that alcohol and drugs improve creativity. My observations prove otherwise.