Essential Reads

American Masculinity and Drugs

Changing relationship between men and their transitional object

Emotion Regulation

Conditioned Emotional Responses Become Habits

Why Are the Candy Crushes of the World Dominating Our Lives?

Darwin goes searching for the gas pedal in this evolutionary phenomenon of his.

The Pain Mess

Treatment of chronic pain is a scandal

Recent Posts on Addiction

Is My Teen Daughter's Friend a Sex Abuser?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 03, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if you think a teenager may become a sex abuser.

Mindy McCready: What We Know about Family Abduction

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on December 03, 2011 in Buddy System
When custody agreements are not adhered to, children are put at risk. From the media (which may or may not provide the whole or the correct story), we have a picture of parental abduction by singer Mindy McCready of her five-year-old son, Zander.

New Year's Resolutions In the Now!

By Brenda Iliff on December 02, 2011 in A Remarkable Recovery
Tis the season of more. Everywhere we look there are fresh enticements . More food; more things; better liquor; more advanced gadgets and gizmos. It's as it you can never have enough.

The Happy Beggar: You Are Enough

By Mark Matousek on December 02, 2011 in Ethical Wisdom
Enlightenment is here and now. Happiness too. Open the box.

The Taste of Revenge May Only Be Bittersweet

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on December 01, 2011 in Millennial Media
Is it possible to cheat, lie, and deceive with grace and composure? Is it true that to seek revenge you must dig two graves, one of them being for yourself? Though we may be tempted to right the wrongs against us, forgiveness may be the only path to serenity.

How Did We Discover Sex Addiction?

By Stanton Peele on November 29, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Sex addiction has gone mainstream—while DSM-V struggles to catch up. How did something suddenly become front and center that has been with us since (can I say "literally"?) Adam and Eve?

When Willpower Fails: How to Build Your Resistance to Temptation

We all fall victim to temptation at some point in our daily lives. Whether it’s the lure of an office romance or the irresistible smell of a caramel latte, we are constantly faced with having to constrain our impulsive desires. However, once you understand why people give into temptation, you’ll find yourself better able to exert your own self-control.

Pain, Poppies, and the King of Pop

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 27, 2011 in Black Belt Brain
Pain is a huge concern for many of us. It’s a problem that can be addressed by medications. But there is always a dark side.

How Mindfulness Makes the Brain Immune to Temptation

Paying mindful attention to the trigger of the craving can interrupt the temptation—and protect people from their habits and desires.

12 Sure-Fire Ways to Enjoy Any Holiday

Holidays, family gatherings, and supposedly "fun" occasions bring many challenges to our coping abilities. However, a little psychology can go a long way to help you manage stress and maximize your enjoyment of these special times.

Thanksgiving: Many Benefits & One Drawback

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on November 24, 2011 in Inner Source
Thanksgiving has a host of health benefits and one drawback—find out what is good, and what to watch out for...

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Proven Effectiveness

By Robert L Leahy Ph.D. on November 23, 2011 in Anxiety Files
A recent ill-informed attack on cognitive behavioral therapy characterizes this approach in simplistic and misleading terms. Our patients deserve treatments that work—treatments that have empirical support. CBT is that treatment.

Redefining the Workaholic in Our Digital Age

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on November 22, 2011 in The Power of Slow
As the lines blur between work and home, we need to redefine the meaning of workaholism within the context of what we are doing and when.

The Natural High of Laughter

What drug would you choose to take you from tired to euphoric? Hear what Dr. Matt Bellace, author of "A Better High," has to say ...

Camp Mariposa

Camp Mariposa for children affected by addiction in the family

Why Is It So Hard to Believe in a Behavioral Addiction?

By Hilarie Cash Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 in Digital Addiction
There are a lot of people who scoff at the idea of behavioral addictions. But neuroscience is revealing that what happens in the brain of a video game addict, a porn addict, an alcoholic, a gambler, and a pot-head is similar. 

Announcing: The 26th Annual iaedp 2012 Symposium

Put March 22-25, 2012 at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, South Carolina in your calendar for The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp) Symposium.

Protecting Our Children from Predators

By Kathryn Seifert on November 18, 2011 in Stop The Cycle
Sexual predators are not often strangers. They are people known to the child and family and they have often groomed parents and children to trust them. How do we protect our children from the deceivers that are next door and in the school or church? How do we know who can be trusted?

Anybody Will Do Anything to Protect The Team

By Stanton Peele on November 18, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Belonging to a team--supporting a team--is an act of tribal loyalty, and disloyalty is punishable by exile.

What Motivates Sexual Promiscuity?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on November 17, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Promiscuity is formally defined as including not only frequent but "indiscriminate" sexual behavior. Preference for frequent sexual contacts is not necessarily the same as being sexually indiscriminating. The latter, in women, indicates a possible compulsive, and therefore, pathological quality to the excessive sexual behavior, referred to traditionally as nymphomania.

Internet Addiction—Epidemic or Fad?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on November 17, 2011 in All About Addiction
Internet addiction is a term used more commonly today to describe unhealthy use of online resources. But is it really a disorder of epidemic proportions?

The Profit in Sex Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in Women Who Stray
One of my favorite sayings has always been, "When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." A similar philosophy applies to the treatment of sexual problems. The label of "sex addiction" is a big, lucrative hammer, and every sexual problem is just asking to be "nailed."

Back from the Black: Why Do Early Improvers Improve?

Roughly 1/3 of people in a depressive episode show a rather substantial and early improvement in their depression. What's their secret?