Essential Reads

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.

Is Your Relationship Toxic?

You may not realize your relationship is harming you or be able to leave. Find out the symptoms, whether there's hope for change, and steps you can put into action.

The Psychosocial Risks of Social Media and the Internet

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 21, 2017 in Culture Shrink
We need to remain vigilant about the risks of social media's influence on our society and human behaviors.

How Would Trumpcare Affect Mental Health Care?

People addicted to opioids and rural Americans would lose "big league"

More Posts on Addiction

The Holidays: Survival Guide for Sober Alcoholics

The holidays can be a triggering and challenging time for sober alcoholics, particularly for those in early sobriety. But why? There are a variety of reasons and this time of year can prove to be emotionally charged even for non-alcoholics.

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Youth narcissism and us

By Janis Whitlock MPH, PhD on November 23, 2009 in Youth and Consequences
 We are home to an increasingly narcissistic generation, it is true. Increasingly prevalent empirical data to back up what we all know and suspect: today's generation of kids are more narcissist than previous generations. However, although the empirical validation is useful, such studies simply quantify the obvious.

United States Changes Its Mind on Addiction - It's Not a Chronic Brain Disease After All

By Stanton Peele on November 20, 2009 in Addiction in Society
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) looks at addiction and finds most people overcome alcoholism on their own - most without even quitting drinking!  Thus one government agency - the NIAAA - contradicts another (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) by deciding that addiction is not usually a chronic relapsing brain disease.

The Triggering Effect Part 5: Loss

By the time you get to recovery, you have had multiple losses in your life, often related to childhood, many times due to being raised with abuse, addiction, mental illness, etc.

So Much To Know!

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on November 16, 2009 in
Regardless of how professionals choose to band together symptoms of personality disorders, rehabilitation facilities must have staff who are aware of them and more importantly, know how to address them during treatment. 

Men & Binge Eating Disorder

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 09, 2009 in Comfort Cravings
"Rocco" was a guest on the Dr. Oz show this last week (See the video clip). This 53 year old man took a 28 day challenge that transformed him from a meat eating cowboy to a vegan. What was most impressive was not that he became a vegan per say, but the ability to dramatically change his life and health in less than one month. You can literally reverse some of the damage done to your body just by changing what you eat. Food (or the right foods) can sometimes be medicinal.

What Does it Mean to Say "We'll Adapt" to Big Cities and to Little Nature?

By Peter H Kahn Jr., Ph.D. on November 08, 2009 in Human-Nature
A reader posted the following response to an earlier discussion of mine. He said, "We can't turn back time, we need to adapt." But adaptation is many things. Sometimes when we adapt it's good for us - biologically and psychologically. And sometimes it's bad for us. I'd like to discuss different types of adaptation. This discussion forms part of the argument for smaller cities, fewer people, and bigger nature.

The Visible Need Not Apply

By Frances Kuffel on November 08, 2009 in What Fat Women Want
And the facts on most health problems aren't in on obesity.  Is Diabetes 2 a fat thing, a food habit thing, genetic or a random occurance?  Does the fat person control his blood sugar becuase he stops eating ice cream or because, as a concequence of not eating sweets, he loses some weight?  For that matter, should the thin employee who eats a Snickers bar at her desk also be penalized of unhealthy behavior?

Murder and Mayhem at Fort Hood: Post-traumatic Embitterment, Madness, or Political Terrorism?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on November 06, 2009 in Evil Deeds
What could possibly possess an apparently polite, pleasant, quiet, reserved, compassionate, empathetic, forgiving and deeply religious Army psychiatrist to allegedly commit this incredibly evil deed?

What Compassion Is

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on November 05, 2009 in Happiness in this World

Parenting: Raise Excellent -- Not Perfect -- Children

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 05, 2009 in The Power of Prime
Perfectionism is one of the most destructive diseases among American children today. Perfectionism is a double-edged sword. One edge of the sword drives children to be perfect. These children push themselves to get straight A's, be top athletes, and save the world on weekends. The other edge of the sword is that I have never met a happy perfectionist. They can't be happy because they will never be perfect.

Spilling our Guts to Our Female Friends

By Susan Shapiro Barash on November 04, 2009 in Friend or Foe

Going to Extremes

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 03, 2009 in On Vitality


By Lynn Phillips on October 30, 2009 in Dream On
For some reason, all those fly-by-night Halloween stores offer no drug-fiend costumes. Has addicton been so "medicalized" that we no longer demonize it, or are we just too scared of drug culture to let it out of its crypt for even one night?

Complexity, Coherence, and Halloween

By David Pincus Ph.D. on October 29, 2009 in The Chaotic Life
Halloween cleans our bodies, our minds and our spirits, and prepares us for the coming of traditions of goodness -like Thankgiving, Christmas (and other holidays), and the New Year.

How Did Alec Become the Sanest Baldwin?

By Stanton Peele on October 28, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Alec Baldwin, once reckoned to be the movie idol for our generation, encountered some pitfalls on the road to superstardom, but has remained an important media and cultural figures despite his setbacks, certainly more so than the other members of his family.  He may even be the most mentally healthy member of that talented, but troubled, clan.

A Hunger for Certainty

By David Rock on October 25, 2009 in Your Brain at Work
A sense of uncertainty generates a threat response, reducing your ability to focus on other issues. Certainty on the other hand feels rewarding, and we tend to steer toward it, even when it might be better for us to remain uncertain.

Heads I Win; Tails You Lose

By Jerome Litt M.D. on October 14, 2009 in Odd, Curious, and Rare

A Frightening Thought

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on October 07, 2009 in
I'm greatly concerned that marijuana is being described as an acceptable drug. It's subtle, but standup comedians, sitcoms, talk shows; even some news stories turn the use of marijuana into a joke. 

Hey, Addiction Experts - Drew Outgrew Drug Addiction (now for her love addiction)

By Stanton Peele on September 25, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Drew Barrymore was presented to America as the prototype of the youthful addict - predetermined from birth to be addicted forever.  Only it was bullshit, and she drinks normally now.  Next, she has to do is figure out how to love in moderation.

Fashion Weekly, Part II

By Lynn Phillips on September 22, 2009 in Dream On

The Triggering Effect

Once the roller coaster car gets to a certain spot in the track, a threshold is met, there is no turning back, and it starts the downward loop - a relapse.