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Recent Posts on Addiction

Your Secret Destination: Every Life Is a Labyrinth

By Mark Matousek on September 07, 2011 in Ethical Wisdom
"Every life has a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware."

Are ADHD Drugs Smart Pills?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
People looking for an edge often turn to medications to make them smart. A new paper explores whether ADHD stimulants can make normal people smarter.

Full Disclosure Needed About Psychiatric Drugs That Shorten Life

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on September 04, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
Research Shows Some Psychiatric Drugs Decrease Lifespan

Are You Not Who You Think?

By Lynn Phillips on August 31, 2011 in Dream On
American individualism imagines a sovereign self--- free of adulterations like addiction and social control; but neuroscience questions whether this is possible.

Humorist Wade Rouse: Why We Love, and Put Up With, Our Dogs

By Jennifer Haupt on August 31, 2011 in One True Thing
Anthology explores neurotic relationship between man and beloved mutt, and raises money for the Humane Society. Here’s more from editor Wade Rouse:

Of Poetry And Poets

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on August 31, 2011 in
Nobody can truly know what an individual is feeling or thinking when it comes to her or his own recovery except the individual. Yet, "the poem" of recovery is offered in the context of a parameter of those experiences that one does indeed share with others

The Golden Psi: Psychology Goes to the Movies

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on August 30, 2011 in Reel Therapy
Everyone who is interested in movies and psychology should know about the Golden Psi Media Award. Everyone who is anyone, that is.

Recovery Support on College Campuses: Good Work or Useless Junk?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 29, 2011 in All About Addiction
College programs offering support for students in recovery are few and far between. Part of the reason may be that they have essentially no data to support their effectiveness. Hopefully, that's about to change, but the question about the utility of on-campus recovery help is still left unanswered for now.

Feelings, What Feelings?

By Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. on August 28, 2011 in Emotional Sobriety
One of the hallmarks of addiction is using substances or other behaviors to escape what you're feeling. Even in recovery, there are subtle ways that one can escape his or her experience. Perhaps you can identify yourself in these feeling-fleeing strategies...

Veterans Affairs Department Fights Court Order to Improve Treatment

Veterans Denied Due Process In Getting Help for Emotional Trauma

The Addictive Society

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 24, 2011 in Women Who Stray
Lip balm, tanning beds, Harry Potter. Is there anything that we can't become addicted to?

Psychology and Politics: Can Therapy Heal Britain's "Broken Society" ?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on August 24, 2011 in Evil Deeds
David Cameron, Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader of the U.K., spoke recently at a youth center about the horrifying outbreak of violent rioting, looting and lawlessness in London and other parts of England during the past few weeks. What he said was astonishing.

Virtual Reality, A New Therapy Part Two: The SimCoach

SimCoach employs engaging VR-based virtual humans for use on a web-based application which has the potential to revolutionize help-seeking as well as the internet of the future.

Invasion of the Recovery Body Snatchers, Pods Win

By Stanton Peele on August 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Alcoholic recovery pods have conquered American college campuses.

Money or Cocaine? It All Depends on Timing

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 21, 2011 in All About Addiction
The notion that drug addicts will always choose drugs over anything else is a silly oversimplification of the condition. A recent study gives us a possible glimpse into why.

Therapist Carolyn Costin on the Eight Keys to Eating Disorder Recovery

By Nancy Matsumoto on August 21, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
Two therapists' self-help guide to eating disorders recovery, from the first stirrings of self-motivation to strengthening recovery through spirituality

Another Case of Denial -- or AA Run Amok?

By Stanton Peele on August 20, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Most people exposed to AA, the 12 steps, and the concepts endorsed with such certitude by Dr. Alasko are (a) young (in their twenties or younger), (b) forced to undergo the experience. This could be because they are experiencing denial which must be confronted. There is another possibility.