Essential Reads

Men's Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Talking About Men
Numerous researchers state that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. Is this the case? What are the issues and what are the solutions to improve men's mental health?

Can Craving for Cocaine Be Blocked in Addicted Individuals?

Ketamine may significantly diminish craving for cocaine in addicted individuals.
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Three Reasons Why Good Sleep Is Crucial for Mental Health

By Richard Taite on January 27, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
Many of the most common sleep aids have some risk for abuse or physical dependency.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Holds Promise for Treating Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on January 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Vagus nerve stimulation can reduce cravings and may offer a radical new way to break the cycle of addictive behaviors, according to early findings from a preclinical study.

More Posts on Addiction

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 6)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on April 23, 2010 in Over-Simulated
Continuing the story of "Paul and His Girls" with a brief journey into clinical theory and one therapist's need (mine) to understand this confusing patient.

The Ecstatic Possibilities of Everyday Life

By Charley Wininger L.P., L.M.H.C. on April 23, 2010 in Just Say Yes

Life Is One Long Slackline: 12 Lessons Learned From Extreme Highliners About Overcoming Fear and The Path to Greatness

What does walking a 100-foot long, 1-inch thick nylon string 1000 feet off the ground with no support have to do with overcoming fear and attaining greatness? Here are 12 lessons about life we can learn from brave extreme slackliners (i.e., highliners) who are constantly pushing the limits of what is possible.

Facebook, E-mail, Games, and Porn - A glimpse at our addiction to technology

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 17, 2010 in All About Addiction
As internet use explodes, are we leaving a significant proportion of our population vulnerable to compulsive use of technology? If the same addiction-prevalence holds (10%-15%), we may be left with quite a problem.

THE MEANING OF DEJA VU

By Judith Orloff M.D. on April 16, 2010 in Emotional Freedom
"Déjà Vu" is a common intuitive experience that has happened to many of us. When it occurs, it seems to spark our memory of a place we have already been, a person we have already seen, or an act we have already done. In my new book I describe many theories to explain déjà vu.

Mindfulness Meditation & Addiction

One of the first steps in dealing with addiction is to discover the emotional cause of it, whether it is fear, depression, anxiety, or pessimism.  Many times these unwholesome thoughts and beliefs come from what I call the “wanting mind.” You can never completely avoid the wanting mind or any other hindrance. Desire is part of being human. It causes us to strive toward bettering our lives and our world, and has led to many of the discoveries and inventions that have provided us with a higher quality of life. Yet despite all that we can achieve and possess, we can become convinced that we won’t be happy or contented unless we acquire even more. This unwholesome belief can lead to competitiveness and feeling resentful toward, or envious of, those who seem to have an easier life. A Mindfulness Meditation practice helps us develop the capacity to see clearly exactly what we’re attached to so that we can let go of it and end our suffering. The hidden areas of resistance that emerge into our awareness can be noted and examined later so that we can make the conscious choice to reject them.

Does it Take a Village?

By Joseph Juhász on April 13, 2010 in
How do we go about de-imagineering child rearing?

April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Great Time to be Mindful of Drinking Habits!

Mindfulness can involve simply taking a few moments to check in with yourself about your drinking habits. You or a loved one may want to consider answering the following questions in order to be honest about the role alcohol plays in your lives.

Lois Wilson Story - Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation

The Lois Wilson Story - When Love Is Not Enough

ADD and ADHD medications: Lessons from a crystal meth experiment

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 10, 2010 in All About Addiction
There are numerous options when choosing ADHD medication, beginning with stimulants and moving onto less known options like atomoxetine and bupropion. My research taught me some lessons about these options that you need to know before choosing.

The Happy Twinkie Hunter - Type 3 Sugar Addiction

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on April 08, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
To beat sugar addiction, you first have to identify which of the 4 types of sugar addict you are. Today I'll talk about the "The Happy Twinkie Hunter" and how undetected yeast overgrowth can drive sugar cravings.

The Vanishing Academic Career

Graduate students can be remarkably myopic about the world of careers. If I had to identify the one major stumbling block I see over and over with humanities/liberal arts graduate students it would be the notion that any career aside from "tenure-track professor" is somehow "less-than": a form of "settling" or worse yet, a source of shame. If that's what you hear in your department, or elsewhere, ignore it. It's not about you.

How does Obama's health care reform affect substance abuse treatment for Medicare patients?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 04, 2010 in All About Addiction
Changes are coming to health care in the U.S. and government sponsored addiction treatment is part of the hoopla. For a country with some incredibly high drug addiction rates, it's time to bring treatment to the masses.

"Feed Me Now, or I'll Kill You!" Sugar Addiction

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on March 30, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
To beat sugar addiction, you first have to identify which of the 4 types of sugar addict you are. Today I'll talk about the addiction type characterized by the feeling "Feed Me Now, or I'll Kill You!"

Correlation, causation, and association - What does it all mean???

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 30, 2010 in All About Addiction
There's quite a bit of confusion about the meanings of statistical terms like correlation, association, and causality. I wrote this post to clear up the confusion, but also drive home the point that while causation is the gold standard, it should not be the only thing we care about... As long as we truly understand.

Deceived: Denial and Minimizing

 Denying, minimizing, and rationalizing are the most natural responses to living with someone acting out an addictive disorder.

When Partners Cheat: Who Deserves Second Chances?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on March 28, 2010 in Evil Deeds
Let me begin with a disclaimer: What you are about to read is not an analysis or diagnosis of any specific celebrity couple's marital problems. Nor advice about how they should deal with them. But with all the recent publicity about Tiger Woods and his allegedly sixteen affairs, and now actress Sandra Bullock's reported multiple betrayal by her husband, Jesse James, the question many are asking is whether a cheating spouse deserves a second chance? When it comes to giving the straying offender a second (or third or fourth) pardon, where does one draw the line? 

Hero-In-Addiction

By Lynn Phillips on March 19, 2010 in Dream On
The protagonist of the film The Hurt Locker is a mechanic rightly proud of his own competence. But at another level, Staff Sargeant William James is a warrior whose real antagonist is death and whose greatest weapon -- and neural pathway to bliss -- seems to be adrenaline. Eyeball to eyeball with mortality, his brain and body flood with the stuff, and each time he beats the reaper, it's such a rush he soon wants another, any way he can get it.There's a debate in the psychology biz as to whether a dependency on adrenalin, which is self-generated, can legitimately be called an addiction. Research into the neurochemical mechanisms involved is puny compared to the experimental data surrounding pharmaceuticals like cocaine (in whose metabolism adrenaline seems to play a role). But the phrase "adrenalin addict" resonates with a lot of people who suffer from a compulsive attraction to shock and awe.Does James belong in their company? 

What's Driving Pete Earley Crazy

By Lizzie Simon on March 18, 2010 in On the Road with Lizzie Simon
Pete Earley has been described as one of a handful of journalists in America who "have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency." A former reporter for The Washington Post, he is the author of nine nonfiction books and three novels. His book, CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, tells two stories. It describes his attempts to help is college age son, Mike, after he becomes ill with bipolar disorder and is arrested. It also describes a year that Earley spent at the Miami Dade County Jail where he followed persons with mental disorders, who had been in jail, out into the community to see what sort of services they received.

The Blind Side: When The One You Love Cheats

By Ann Smith on March 17, 2010 in Healthy Connections
Cheaters have been big news lately from Tiger Woods to John Edwards. The media asks who does it, why they do it, signs to look for, types of cheaters and is it an addiction? Although that discussion is important it tends to neglect the equally important questions of what is it like for the partner of a cheater, who are they, how do they feel, do they ever recover and how do they decide whether to stay or leave?

Time to Renegotiate Monogamy?

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on March 17, 2010 in Sex at Dawn
In time, we'll come to accept affairs in the same way that we've come to accept premarital sex and homosexuality: not as deviancies, weaknesses or sin, but as part of who we are and how we love.

Detangling the Knot of Self-Deception

By Marietta McCarty on March 13, 2010 in Life Saving Philosophy
Quitting self-deception and winning back your self

Back to the story

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 12, 2010 in One Among Many
Let's not be shy about telling stories, on dates, in the classroom, and elsewhere. Stories shape and prolong memory. Well yes, they also alter memory, but without telling and retelling, we'd have little to remember at all. Plus, it's so much fun. 

Kara DioGuardi and the “New Eating Disorder”

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on March 11, 2010 in Comfort Cravings
If you are an American Idol fan, you are familiar with the talented Kara DioGuardi, one of the judges. Last night, she was moved to tears by one of the contestant's performances.Kara recently spoke about her battle with an eating disorder. Specifically, she discussed her struggle with Binge Eating Disorder, which is generally characterized by overeating eating large amounts of food, feeling out of control while doing so and using food to deal with emotions instead of hunger. It's not just about overeating. When your eating is out of control, causes you distress or is impacting your physical and emotional health, you may have Binge Eating Disorder.

My Fabulous Sports Career on the Mean Streets of Philadelphia

By Stanton Peele on March 08, 2010 in Addiction in Society
The TV show "parenthood" presents a disturbing picture of modern family life, portraying an out of control father at a Little League game, a brutish grandpa, and a child with Asperger's - all in the first episode.  This family life - at least the sports part - differs from my own (I'm 64) in ways that are not always positive.