Essential Reads

Why Are Senior Citizens Using More Illicit Drugs?

Senior citizens are using and abusing substances at increasing rates.

Research Shows What Makes Trolls Tick on Mobile Dating Apps

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 25, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Internet trolls are everywhere. What draws them to dating apps and how can you deal with them?

Does Legalized Marijuana Result in More Teen Use?

Dueling data about whether or not legal marijuana increases teen use has led to a lot of confusion and scientific cherry picking.

6 Myths About Women and Addiction

While biology and circumstances affect who is at risk for addiction in both sexes, gender can shape how trauma, loss and family influence that risk.

More Posts on Addiction

Addiction is treatable

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on September 18, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain

Pristiq: New Antidepressant or Merely a Patent Extender?

By Joe Wegmann P.D., L.C.S.W. on September 18, 2009 in PharmaTherapy
The newest entry in the antidepressant market is Pristiq. But the bottom line is: When it comes to antidepressants, there’s nothing new under the sun. Buyer beware.

Love and Madness in Las Vegas

By Helen E Fisher Ph.D. on September 18, 2009 in Of Human Bonding
I’ve had my share of addictions; I’m utterly respectful of the problems of partyland. But what struck me most about the milling crowd was the ever-present force of romance—the hidden addiction.

Fashion Weekness, Part I

By Lynn Phillips on September 15, 2009 in Dream On
Seeing as it is fashion week here in New York City, it seems fitting to give fashion's addictive features a scan. Compulsion and obsession, shades from addiction's palette, are on everyone's lips, and street junkies like myself are wondering which styles we can fake or ignore and still pass as serious users...

Was Serena's Outburst Genetic?

By Stanton Peele on September 15, 2009 in Addiction in Society
When people persistently misbehave and claim that they have uncontrollable impulses, are driven by their natures, or that they can't help themselves, they are implying that they can't change because their behavior is genetically rooted.

Better than Dope: Natural Highs the Cutting Edge of Mood Alteration

By Harvey Milkman Ph.D. on September 14, 2009 in Better than Dope
 The aim of this blog is to examine the positive and negative sides of pleasure. Cognitive restructuring, mindfulness and positive psychology are discussed as means to the achievement of happiness and fulfillment.

Understanding Codependence: How to Help an Addict, Tips

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on September 14, 2009 in Insight Is 20/20
Codependence is a serious problem.

Remembering Larry Gelbart, Jim Carroll, and Norman Borlaug

By James C Kaufman on September 14, 2009 in And All That Jazz
I tend to notice who has passed - from the superstars to the lesser known folks. Every so often I will write some notes about creative folks we have lost recently. Today, I will discuss Larry Gelbart, Jim Carroll, and Norman Borlaug.

Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on September 08, 2009 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology

The myth of depressed and messed up kids

By Helene Guldberg Ph.D. on September 07, 2009 in Reclaiming Childhood

Oniomaniacs Unite!

By Jerome Litt M.D. on September 07, 2009 in Odd, Curious, and Rare
Between 80 and 95 percent of shopaholics are women.

Recovery Month

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on September 03, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain

Business: Work/Life Balance: Part I

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on September 03, 2009 in The Power of Prime
With the challenges we all now face in the global economy, many people feel pressure to work harder and put in longer hours at work. That commitment may enable them to keep their jobs or maintain a certain lifestyles, but at what cost? In my consulting practice, I have seen a rise in stress levels, unhappiness, and family conflict among businesspeople with whom I work.

Don’t Allow Methamphetamine to Ruin Your Life

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on September 02, 2009 in
Methamphetamine - it's marketed to youngsters every day by drug dealers as an easy way to tune out. That is why it is so important to reach young people in a preventative way that will resonate with them. And that is exactly what The Meth Project, started in Montana, has done.

Four Ways to Fight Addiction

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on August 31, 2009 in The Literary Mind
Frank Bruni's recent autobiography might be the bleakest book ever written for its first 100 pages. The guy can't get naked or see friends without months' notice, because he's paranoid about his weight. But eventually Bruni makes big life changes--and in the process offers great tools for battling addiction.

This Simply Has To Stop

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on August 26, 2009 in
I recently had Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, the Commissioner of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services of New York State, on my radio show. The topic was Decriminalization of Addiction. The conversation was a spirited one and the Commissioner very wisely pointed out that addiction is a "chronic illness." While I found myself completely agreeing with her, I decided to play devil's advocate and asked her what we should do about those individuals who have a disease that can repeatedly results in negative consequences, not only to themselves but to others - destruction of property, domestic violence, vehicular incidents, and in the worst case scenario death. 

Education of the Family

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on August 26, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain

Temporary White Knights

Excitement, danger, and addictive distraction are often found in a temporary rescuing relationship.

Compassion and a Bottle of Booze

By Cami Walker on August 24, 2009 in Get Your Give On
Today I was at the corner store buying a bottle of water. I was standing in line behind a woman who reeked of alcohol and there was a long line of impatient people behind me. The woman at the front of the line was obviously in alcohol withdrawal and was showing the beginning signs of DTs. Her hands were shaking like leaves blowing in a hefty wind. 

Addict Addiction

By Lynn Phillips on August 21, 2009 in Dream On
Michael Jackson is the mainstream's latest dead drug casualty idol; Dash Snow, the 27 year old bad boy who recently overdosed on heroin is Downtown's rival version. Addiction is neither pretty nor touching, but when addicts are, can modern science cure our culture's romantic attatchment to them? 

A Cure for Divorce: Term Marital Contracts

By Harry K Wexler Ph.D. on August 20, 2009 in Getting Laid Over 60
In this age of high divorce rates, many people yearn for the good old days of lifelong marriages. Although divorce rates decrease during recessions, the current rate, at about 50% of first marriages within the first two years, remains disturbingly high. I would like to offer a somewhat outrageous and paradoxical recommendation of the "renewable marital contract." 

Underground Death Metal: Is It In You?!

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on August 20, 2009 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
Do you think heavy metal, black metal and death metal contribute to teen violence or liberate them from conflicting societal messages?

Texting Too Much?

By Anneli Rufus on August 20, 2009 in Stuck
The United States' first inpatient Internet-addiction treatment center has just opened in Fall City, Washington, on a five-acre spread known as Heavensfield. Other such centers thrive in Japan, China, and South Korea. Fall City's reSTART aims to curb addictions to gaming, texting, and general web-surfing, and is currently housing its first patient, a teenage World of Warcraft fan.

Uncovering Hidden Addictions

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on August 19, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain
"Hidden Addictions" do occur and can be quite challenging for family members and loved ones. No one ever thinks that they will become addicted or that it will happen to someone in their family, but it does. While alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic medical illness of the brain, the good news is that it is treatable. However, it can't get treated until it gets recognized. Here we will discuss common signs of addiction and how best to address a potential issue.