Essential Reads

Are We Finally Ready to Invest in People, Not Prisons?

For the addict - and for all of us - prison reform can’t come soon enough.

3 Kinds of Motivation for Addiction Recovery

How to know you have done all you can

Living in the Candy Store

How to Detox a Motivationally Toxic World

Should Amy Winehouse Have Been Taught Controlled Drinking?

Reviewing the myths of Winehouse's substance use and death

Recent Posts on Addiction

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What's Love Got to Do With It? Part Two

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Psychoanalysis has been called both the "talking cure" and, curiously, the "love cure." In fact, Freud himself once said, in a letter to Jung, that "psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love." What did he mean by this strange statement? And what are the implications for modern psychotherapy?

How Congress Is Like an Addict's Brain

By Jeff Wise on October 20, 2011 in Extreme Fear
If one addiction researcher's groundbreaking ideas are correct, then governments' plans tend to fall apart for the very same reason that our individual attempts at self-control do.

The Blues Is Depression. Should You Treat It With Pills?

Diagnosing depression as an illness and treating it with anti-depressant medication may create new difficulties. The risks include dampening your ability to feel happiness and sexual arousal, and causing weight gain, drug dependency and relationship problems. What if you treat depression instead as indicating a problem in your life?

Why the Caged Bird Does Not Sing

By G.A. Bradshaw Ph.D., Ph.D. on October 16, 2011 in Bear in Mind
It is usual and customary these days to forewarn with disclaimers such as "discretion is advised." What typically follows are scenes of violence and its victims. Yet you will see no such cautions posted in "pet" stores or zoos, for one plain and simple reason: caged animals are socially acceptable and culturally normative.

How Come Antonio Banderas Is Too Stupid to Understand His Wife's Alcoholism?

By Stanton Peele on October 16, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Melanie Griffith has been publicly reprimanding her husband, Antonio Banderas, for failing to regard her alcoholism the way he should. But I say this is simply an ignorance about alcohol that he shares with all Spaniards—even though they drink far more than we do.

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Addiction

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 15, 2011 in All About Addiction
In addiction treatment, mindfulness meditation has been shown to be an effective tool. This piece should give a little summary about why and how.

Whatever Happened to Intensive Mental Health Treatement?

Whatever Happened to Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment?

Treating Internet Addiction for Better Sleep

By John Cline Ph.D. on October 12, 2011 in Sleepless in America
Is your time on line cutting into time for sleep? If compulsive Internet use is interfering with sleep it can cause problems at work and at home.

Four Steps to Unconditional Love via Laughter and Forgiveness

By Rita Watson MPH on October 12, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Those who can laugh at themselves are able to brush aside hurt with a sense of compassion or a feeling that tells them, "Is this person really worth my anger?" Keep in mind that those who are consumed with anger oftentimes just hurt themselves.

How to Attract Positive Relationships

By Judith Orloff M.D. on October 10, 2011 in Emotional Freedom
Are you longing for relationships that do your heart good and generate stronger connections? Learn how attracting positive energy can transform your ability to build positive relationships, prevent loneliness and ward off fatigue.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis describes a practice that treats people who suffer from both an addiction and a psychiatric disorder.

Music as a Healing Instrument and Barometer

By Julie K Hersh on October 07, 2011 in Struck By Living
Can music tell us something about another person's emotional state?

National Recovery Month: Connecting the Dots

September is National Recovery Month. The observance began in 1989 as Treatment Works and has grown to a national recognition of the successes made by those seeking treatment as well as those providing treatment.

Love Is the Drug

By Susan Shapiro on October 05, 2011 in Unhooked
After quitting smoking and drinking, I went into deprivation overload...

Is Greed Ever Good? : Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives on Selfishness

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on October 05, 2011 in Evil Deeds
With unemployment at almost 10% and an economy on the brink of depression, people are directing their frustration and fury against what they see as the cause of our national economic nightmare. They are protesting against one of the oldest and deepest of human evils. And scapegoating the most obvious, symbolic, convenient and concrete embodiment of that evil: Wall Street.

Creative Kryptonite and the Death of Productivity

By Jonathan Fields on October 04, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Great work, brilliant ideas, extraordinary art requires space. Time away. Room to process, synthesize, allow connections between seemingly disparate parts to effervesce out of the ether of the mind.

Clothing Consciousness

Shopping for clothing can be an exercise in consciousness, and frankly should be! Here are some tips for raising your consciousness during clothing consumption.

Gravitophobia: The Irrational Fear of Your Bathroom Scale

By Yoni Freedhoff MD on October 03, 2011 in Traumatic Dieting
When your weight management efforts go sour, do you suddenly develop a bad case of gravitophobia - the irrational fear of being weighed? You're far from alone.

Missed Messages in the Ken Burns Documentary, "Prohibition"

By Stanton Peele on October 03, 2011 in Addiction in Society
America's prohibition of alcohol has much to teach us about the effects of substances and about how our policies impact how we use, experience and react to them. Unfortunately, the Ken Burns PBS documentary "Prohibition" fails to get this message across.

Compulsive Choices in Addiction?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in All About Addiction
Does the fact that our brain makes choices all the time preclude some from being compulsive? Addiction seems to suggest the answer is no.

The Meltdown in the Markets Is Leading to a Surge in Addictions among Traders

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Side Effects
Why addiction rates are surging among traders—and why that matters, especially now.

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What's Love Got to Do With It? Part One

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in Evil Deeds
When it comes to matters of love and intimacy, most people tend to think that all they need to do is identify, meet, and choose the right person. Find the right fit. But what if, as the flamboyant father of Gestalt therapy, psychiatrist Frederick "Fritz" Perls suggested, finding love has at least as much to do with becoming the right person as meeting him or her?

The Boss of Me

By Lynn Phillips on September 30, 2011 in Dream On
There's not much room for debate about addiction's ability to impair in some brains whatever passes for individual autonomy. Emphasis here on the word "some."

Propofol and Plastic Surgery: The Chicken or the Egg?

By Donna Flagg on September 29, 2011 in Office Diaries
What if Michael Jackson's addiction wasn't plastic surgery after all?

How to Beat Anxiety Naturally

By Brenda Iliff on September 28, 2011 in A Remarkable Recovery
We are a society obsessed with quick fixes. It's natural to want to feel better and less anxious but an increasing number of people are seeking escape in the form of a pill.

How Crazy AA Nuts Drive American Policy

By Stanton Peele on September 27, 2011 in Addiction in Society
AA nuts regularly blurt out things in treatment and policy discussions that are clearly psychotic. No one, including the biggest drug reformers, objects to them. Yet the AA nuts' psychotic visions drive the policies the reformers yearn, and spend their lives striving, to reform. And they will never succeed because the nuts hold sway.