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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

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.

The Pentagon Shooting: They Don’t “Just Snap”

By David F. Swink on March 06, 2010 in Threat Management
"He just snapped." "He went off the deep end." These are terms commonly used by family, friends, neighbors, and TV pundits who describe people like John Bedell, the person who shot two police officers, at the Pentagon on March 4. Do people really "snap?"

Helping Heroes and Screening the Disaster Tourists

A call for increased mental health screening and contingencies by NGOs during disasters.

March 4th! - It's National Procrastination Week

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 04, 2010 in Don't Delay
It's March fourth, and, of course, time to "march forth" right into the middle of National Procrastination Week. I suppose you could say it's ironic. I'm sure many see it as funny. I just think the farcical week reflects a misunderstanding of the difference between delay and procrastination. 

Are You Hooked on Red Bulls or Coffee? Type 1 Sugar Addiction

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on March 03, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
Many of you are simply exhausted by the pace of modern life, and have found that sugar and caffeine give you a quick energy boost. What you've likely missed is that these are also "energy loan sharks." Borrowing money from a loan shark is a bad idea, and so is getting your energy from energy loan sharks.


By Sean Cort on March 03, 2010 in The Power of Perspective
We all miss the mark.

Meeting People Where They Are At

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on March 02, 2010 in
As a psychologist and addiction specialist for more than 25 years, I have learned that there are so many factors that influence whether one will reach out for treatment for an addiction, psychiatric disorder, or perhaps the combination of both.

Why Old Habits Die Hard: What Managers Need To Know

By Ray Williams on March 02, 2010 in Wired for Success
Managers have been known to tear their hair out in frustration of why employees can't change behaviors, and discard old habits. Recent brain research gives us more accurate reasons as to why and what managers need to do about it. The bottom line is that you can't force anyone to change. Any kind of pressure will produce more resistance and could end up being counterproductive.

Ancestry, Addiction, and trauma - Addiction research into genetic differences based on race

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 01, 2010 in All About Addiction
When it comes to race, almost every debate is heated. Still, I couldn't help but look when I saw this recent research into the role of African ancestry in addiction. We've always known that alcoholism was more rampant among European Americans than among African Americans, but these results just might surprise you!

Deceived: Denial In the Face of Truth

Partners deny in an attempt to hang on to what is really an illusion, the fantasy that all is really okay.  

Avoidance, Sobriety and Reality: The Psychology of Addiction

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on February 28, 2010 in Evil Deeds
Despite their limitations, preconceptions, and borderline exploitation, the various recent television reality shows about addiction do shine a bright and dramatic light on two dark, secretive, debilitating and very destructive mental disorders: Substance Abuse and Substance Dependence. In some ways, addiction is an extreme example of an existential challenge we all wrestle with every day: accepting reality as it is.

Born Bad to the Bone

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on February 28, 2010 in Look At It This Way

Every Man Has a Tiger in His Tank

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on February 28, 2010 in Sex at Dawn
Who's to say Tiger Woods doesn't have ten times the self-discipline of the normal ("healthy") man, but simply faces a hundred times the temptation?

Are You In Love with Love? How to Tell if You’re A Love Addict & What You Can Do to Break The Cycle

By Ann Smith on February 25, 2010 in Healthy Connections
I was once a member of the love addicts club. I too was in love with love. I have built my career on this issue, working with ordinary people who are lost when it comes to finding and sustaining a healthy relationship, stuck in a cycle of pain and disappointment in others and themselves. The good news is that it is possible to break this cycle! 

How does it all start? My thoughts on addiction causes, sex addiction, and substance abuse

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 25, 2010 in All About Addiction
There's a lot of confusion when it comes to addiction causes. When a friend asked me about the difference between use, abuse, and addiction, I decided it was time to write a comprehensive post about my view on where addiction comes from. You might be surprised (or not).

Part III Sex, Game Theory & More (To Wait or Not to Wait - That is the Question)

By Diana Kirschner Ph.D. on February 24, 2010 in Finding True Love
In this third article in a 3-part series, on sex, courtship and dating, we look at what game theory, biology and interpersonal psychology tell us about the benefits and costs of waiting to jump in bed with a prospective dating partner. While game theory is an exercise in mathematical probability and not as "real world" say as biology or psychology, its findings in the area of dating and sex are quite in line with those of biology and interpersonal psychology. First let's look at the biological implications of having sex too soon.

Chronic Pain and Empathy

By Maia Szalavitz on February 24, 2010 in Born for Love
Unless you want to believe that granddad decided to try coke when he realized how great Oxy was and went off to find a connection, prior history of drug problems is a better explanation for most patients' drug problems than addiction caused by pain treatment.

Craving: When the brain remembers drug use

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 21, 2010 in All About Addiction
When drug use cravings hit they can seem like overwhelming, unstoppable, desires to go back to one's addiction. As usual, I think that a little knowledge regarding what's happening can go a long way in terms of reducing anxiety when cravings come.

Cultural Münchausen Syndrome: Our treatment of children is making them sick

By Stanton Peele on February 20, 2010 in Addiction in Society
The worsening of kids' health - as measured by a doubling over the last decade in chronic childhood illness, so that 1 in 4 chiildren are now stricken - is something we cannot get a grasp on.

Psychological and Spiritual Benefit of Interior Retreat

Social isolation is one of the markers for depression. Sometimes when we are witness to someone retreating for a time, whether for a few hours, a few days or even longer, it's not a time for concern or frustration, but for holding space. Social isolation in the form of retreat and social respite can be a time of healing, reassessment and regrouping. 

Recovering From Sugar Addiction Easily: An Overview

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on February 17, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
Are you a sugar addict? If the answer is yes, you are not alone! With people basically eating their weight in sugar and flour each year, it is not surprising that we have become a planet of sugar addicts.

What’s the BIG idea? Your Answer Is…

By Marietta McCarty on February 17, 2010 in Life Saving Philosophy

Secrets for Cutting Down: What Others are Doing

By April Lane Benson Ph.D. on February 17, 2010 in To Buy or Not To Buy
Here are some stopping overshopping tips straight from the front lines of the struggle. They're from the Web's "frugalati," bloggers who share their secrets for cutting down. Kathy M. Kristoff, of Tribune Media Services, assembled these and more in a January 3rd piece.