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9 Tips to Stay Sober on Your Next Vacation

With summer in full swing, here are a few quick and easy tips to keep you or a loved one happy, healthy and sober on your next adventure.
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Overdosed America

How did the U.S. become a nation involved in a prescription opioid epidemic?

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.

More Posts on Addiction

The Calm, Abiding Center: Deflecting Everyday Conflict and Chaos

By Michael J Formica MS, MA, EdM on May 14, 2010 in Enlightened Living
When you ask my friend Dan what he does, he won't tell you he's Navy, or a Senior Chief, or a Seabee or Special Forces. He'll say, "My job is to keep my sh*t together in the middle of a sh*t storm so my crew can do their job". What Dan is talking about -- in his typically unselfconscious and self-effacing way -- is the notion of the calm, abiding center; that place of psychological and spiritual balance that it is so necessary and healthful for us to cultivate and maintain in the face of everyday, post-modern stress, as well as larger personal challenges. 

Cholesterol Meds Associated with 9% Increased Risk of Developing Diabetes

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on May 12, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
A major new meta analysis using data from 13 clinical trials with 91,140 participants shows that cholesterol lowering medications are associated with a 9% increased risk of developing diabetes.

How it doesn't work: The dogma of the 12 steps

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on May 11, 2010 in All About Addiction
Imagine a doctor blaming a patient for an ineffective treatment? You may have just imagined the world of the hardcore 12-steppers. If we're going to make people better, it's time to take the dogma out of treatment.

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 8)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on May 09, 2010 in Over-Simulated
The story of Paul and his girls begins to end with a struggle in therapy, a war actually, in which Paul discovers life and the pleasures of living, all while challenging his therapist's empathy and openness.  

Make Love Not Texts

By Sascha Rothchild on May 07, 2010 in I'm No Expert, But...
Texting while driving seemed like the height of bad judgment until now. A recent study about social media addiction revealed that one in ten people under the age of 25 think it's OK to interrupt sex with a text. OMG that's 10 percent! The days of sneaking into the bathroom after a hot date to call your best friend and give her the scoop are long over. As are the days of not talking on the phone during family dinners, pretending to pay attention in class, and enjoying a movie without seeing the glaring lights of vibrating cell phones. Now apparently it's totally acceptable to literally text while in the middle of coitus.

Cocaine: Now It's a Fizzy Drink

By Anneli Rufus on May 07, 2010 in Stuck
 Energy drinks are aggressively marketed to young men using words and images that market research have proven appeal to young men. Their packaging and advertising campaigns evoke speed, violence, risky sports, sex, drugs, and death. Each has its own theme, but these drinks also contain vitamins and amino acids and the implication is that they healthily boost athletic and sexual prowess, while occasionally letting the drinker flirt with death -- in a fun way.  

Feelings. Why Do They Get a Bad Rap?

By Steve Sisgold on May 06, 2010 in Life in a Body
Former Miss USA Tara Conner was on Oprah recently to talk about her struggle with drug addiction.The most prominent theme was about how feelings can be overwhelming and lead to addiction as a way to numb out and not feel uncomfortable emotions...."Heaven forbid we feel" was mentioned twice.Tara turned to drinking, drugs and cutting herself at age 14, as a way to cope from her parents' divorce and granddad's death.She explained how the pressure and anxiety from these events were too much for her to cope with. 

Young People, Iraq, Afghanistan, PTSD and Alcohol and Drug Abuse

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on May 03, 2010 in
Programs must be established with experts from every field to deal with the bio-psycho-social nature of the co-occurring disorder of PTSD and chemical addiction. We must have professionals from both the mental health and addiction camps and when necessary the medical camp (e.g., neurologists, surgeons, etc.) come together as a unified force to treat our young returning veterans and see to it that they receive the finest treatment available. 

Talking to NIDA about addiction research- Nicotine, cocaine, treatment matching and more

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on May 02, 2010 in All About Addiction
Nicotine and cocaine vaccines, changes in how we define addiction, and using technology to help people find the best treatment. It's all in a single call with NIDA's Dr. Nora Volkow and you get to listen in!

Cocaine, Bad Boys, Nerds... and Twitter

By Maia Szalavitz on April 30, 2010 in Born for Love
Will this be the push that delivers a fine hit of recognition and praise -- or will I instead feel like the nerd on the edge of the playground?

Health Reform is Mental Health Reform

By David Shern Ph.D. on April 30, 2010 in Minding the Nation's Health

Facebook caused the recession!

Sure, some value lies in gaining the support of friends, as in gauging the popularity of a given stock or bond. But the real, intrinsic value of anything lies in the direct knowledge an individual has of it, and the benefit he or she finds in using it. This is the basis of true information, of honesty, of knowing our place in the world. Stray too far from internal values and you lose your bearings. Spend too much time seeking the approval of others and you lose yourself. 

Depressed and Craving Carbs ― Type 4 Sugar Addiction

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on April 29, 2010 in Complementary Medicine
This is the 4th installment of my series on sugar addiction and the importance of identifying which type of sugar addict you are before beginning a treatment program. "Depressed and Craving Carbs" - the Type 4 sugar addict.

Feening for a technology fix!

By Tina Indalecio on April 29, 2010 in Curious Media
While technology is great at allowing us to make long distance connections, it can also be great at breaking down our closest connections - the ones that really matter the most. 

80s style is back, cocaine use included!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 26, 2010 in All About Addiction
We all know that you can count on your parents' fashion, and musical tastes, to make their way back around. With the 90s and early 00s showing a resurgence in heroin use, it seems like cocaine may be next in "line."

Obsession

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on April 26, 2010 in Happiness in this World

Mismanaging Trauma

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on April 25, 2010 in Hidden Motives
The Army's Failing WTUsThe army set up Warrior Transition Units to deal with returning soldiers traumatized by their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, but in many instances it appears to being failing as badly as the system it was designed to replace. 

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.

Are You a Crackberry? How to Break free from Addictive Checking

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on April 21, 2010 in Anxiety Files
Are you addicted to your Blackberry? If so, here are some simple tips to free yourself. 

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.

Is Pop Science Sweetened Like Soda Pop?

By Lynn Phillips on April 16, 2010 in Dream On
Statistical "facts" we like feel true to us, whether they are accurate or not, just as artificial sweeteners make our insulin rush. Sweetness is, arguably, more than a craving in our culture; it's close to an addiction, and not just at table, but also in the lab, in peer reviewed journals, in the highest temples of science.

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.

A Clinical Portrait of Excessive Online Porn Use (Part 4)

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on April 12, 2010 in Over-Simulated
In the latest installment in a serialized "clinical portrait" of psychotherapy with a talented young man struggling with excessive use of online pornography titled "Paul and His Girls," Paul finally starts talking about how and why he uses pornography. To the surprise of his therapist, we learn how the medium itself became a source of pleasure further leading him to spend time online with porn.