Essential Reads

American Masculinity and Drugs

Changing relationship between men and their transitional object

Emotion Regulation

Conditioned Emotional Responses Become Habits

Why Are the Candy Crushes of the World Dominating Our Lives?

Darwin goes searching for the gas pedal in this evolutionary phenomenon of his.

The Pain Mess

Treatment of chronic pain is a scandal

Recent Posts on Addiction

Are American Women Allowed to Have Sex Because They Want It?

By Stanton Peele on March 01, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Americans don't believe women should enjoy sex and that sex is a basic right for them.

Do We Form Similarly Close Relationship With Brands As With Our Loved One?

By Martin Reimann on March 01, 2012 in Branded for Life
We are surrounded by brands every day, we wear them, we eat them, and we work with them. Given this intense interaction with brands, do we form relationships with brands in a similar way as we form human relationships?

Lost Boys

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 01, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
Kids who kill have learned to perceive violence as an appropriate resolution. Intervention must focus as much on cognitive processes as external influences.

The Comforting Fiction of Sex Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on February 29, 2012 in Women Who Stray
I’m sorry to give you the bad news, that if your husband is repeatedly violating your trust, choosing to endanger his own health and safety, as well as yours, it is because he is making a choice to do so.

The Worst Addiction Advice You Can Get

By Lance Dodes M.D. on February 28, 2012 in The Heart of Addiction
"Go away and stop drinking, then I'll treat you." Incredibly enough, there are therapists who say just that.

Media and the Public Miss the Mark in Identifying Domestic Violence

By Robin Sax on February 27, 2012 in Crime Time
The headlines come in every day, from cities, suburbs, rural communities, and elite enclaves: “Authorities say a man fatally shot his estranged wife at the Hemet Courthouse Wednesday, then turned the gun on himself in his car a few miles away…. Both victims were at the courthouse to attend a hearing regarding child custody/support issues.”

How to Motivate a Date or Mate

Have you ever argued with your lover, or been in a power struggle for control? Avoid that mess and motivate them towards your desires... with a bit of influence.

Addiction and Afghanistan, Volkow and Obama

By Stanton Peele on February 27, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Americans pride themselves on tapping into bedrock values and realities, like the universality of representative national governments and addiction as a brain disease. Both ideas are cultural delusions.

Are You Your Own Person?

To be happy, said John Stuart Mill, you need to be your own person. But what exactly does this mean? And how do you personally measure up? These are questions I want to address in this blog.

The You Behind Your Resume

While there's nothing wrong with taking pride in one's hard-earned status and credentials, glomming on to titles that complete sentences like "I am a ________________" (stockbroker, lawyer, etc.) can trigger an identity crisis when confronted with precarious life circumstances like, say, a recession.

Whitney Houston’s Story Could Help Others With Addictions

While I do not feel that it is appropriate to make conclusions about Whitney's cause of death prior to the release of the autopsy reports, I do believe that her life has been a cautionary tale.

The Foster Care System and Its Victims Part 4

The cost of keeping the foster care system running is staggering... and yet is not nearly enough.

A Pill to Prevent Hangovers? Yes, Really

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on February 22, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
A drug extracted from the oriental raisin tree may greatly reduce the symptoms of a hangover and prevent addiction.

The Science of Craving

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in Addicted Brains
Last post, I emphasized the feeling of incompleteness as the foundation of craving. But one reader saw pain relief, relief from suffering, as the fundamental draw. I think both are true.

Addicted to Drugs? Blame It on Brain Anatomy

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on February 21, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
How easy is it for you to turn down another piece of chocolate, another line of cocaine or just one more beer before driving home? The ease with which you make your decision when faced with such risky choices is greatly influenced by the genes and unique brain anatomy that you inherited from your parents.

Whitney Houston: The Song, the Movie, the Death

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on February 21, 2012 in The Media Zone
But, wait a minute! Maybe what I just wrote is simply pietistic, feel good, nice, nice bullshit? Maybe it just absolves our pop culture gods of their really bad choices, immersing themselves in really bad relationships and listening to really bad counsel.

DSM-5 Hysteria: When Normal Mourning Becomes Neurotic Bereavement

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on February 19, 2012 in Evil Deeds
DSM-IV-TR clearly draws a distinction between "normal" and pathological bereavement. As it should. When does a "normal grief reaction" become a debilitating, prolonged and potentially life-threatening mental disorder?

Workplace Violence Among Cops: An ICE Agent Opens Fire

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 19, 2012 in The Act of Violence
Workplace violence among cops is rare and catastrophic.

Thinking About Craving

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on February 18, 2012 in Addicted Brains
I have been thinking a lot about craving lately. What is craving, really? What's it all about?Craving seems to amount to a fundamental sense of being incomplete. When we crave, we want something to fill us up.

Whitney Houston, Jeremy Lin, David Brooks, Religion and Addiction

By Stanton Peele on February 17, 2012 in Addiction in Society
David Brooks says that New York Knicks basketball sensation Jeremy Lin is a wonder whose religious devotion should be honored. Okay. But Whitney Houston's immersion in religion coming up had dire consequences.

Medical Jargon Part 2

Defining the terms addiction and dependence; case, patient and person; and subject and participant.