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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

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

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.

Time for a Digital Divorce?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on February 23, 2010 in Digital Pandemic

One Attack Missing in the Assault on Tiger

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 21, 2010 in Singletons
It's refreshing that focus on Tiger's only child status as a root cause of Tiger's actions has been absent. 

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

By Michael J Formica MS, MA, EdM on February 19, 2010 in Enlightened Living
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. 

Bottoms Up

By Lynn Phillips on February 17, 2010 in Dream On
Can we tame heavy drinking and still produce artists like Alexander McQueen and Rip Torn? Malcolm Gladwell, in the current New Yorker, thinks yes, but his argument, while full of interesting and useful information, doesn't quite gel.

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.

Tough Love or Tough Luck?

By Maia Szalavitz on February 17, 2010 in Born for Love
Some parents-like those of Laura Franklin who appear on ABC -take a tough approach that helps their child get into treatment. But when George McGovern and Robert "Woody" Johnson and their wives, cut off all contact with and support for their daughters, the daughters wound up dead.

Creating a better system of addiction treatment: Matching rehabs to patients

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 16, 2010 in All About Addiction
It's a sad reality, but picking the right addiction-treatment is a bit like pulling straws - hopefully you get lucky. Well we're about to change all that!

Caught in the web? You need help, not labels

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on February 14, 2010 in Over-Simulated
You've probably heard that the American Psychiatric Association has released it's draft for a new set of diagnostic criteria. One huge change proposed for DSM-5 is officially sanctioning the category of behavioral addictions. But when this applied to so-called "Internet addiction" there are real problems, especially for the people who most need help.

California's prisoner release - Is Sheriff Baca's fear justified?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 14, 2010 in All About Addiction
If you haven't heard about CA's imminent prisoner release, you should know that it's causing quite a stir. Here's my opinion about the debate and why we should be so scared.

Can You Live With Someone Who Never Says "I Love You"? Part 2

If we believe that the "course of true love never did run smooth" then we are likely to stay in a unworkable relationship beyond the period of any possible reconciliation.

Smoking cigarettes just makes it better... The enhancement effect of nicotine

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 10, 2010 in All About Addiction
Smoking used to be ubiquitous even though most everyone knew it was bad for them. Even today, with all the knowledge at our fingertips, millions still smoke and hundreds of thousands die annually from related health problems. More and more research seems to suggest that the reason may lie in nicotine's ability to make everything else better.

Seeking a happy relationship? Seek this trait!

By Karen Salmansohn on February 08, 2010 in Bouncing Back
Seeking love? There are 5 essential traits to prioritize finding in your partner - and none of them are sexiness, intelligence, funniness, successfulness, or charisma! 

Children of Addiction

Children living with addiction in their family need to know that the addiction and the resulting behavior is not their fault.

What's Next for Parity-Part I

By David Shern Ph.D. on February 05, 2010 in Minding the Nation's Health