Essential Reads

Making a Sexual Debut

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Despite the controversy surrounding first-time sex, most young people in the United States become sexually active long before they reach adulthood.

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.
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The Good and Bad of Opioid Prescription Limits

By Richard Taite on November 07, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
The benefits and the shortcomings of state-based opioid prescription limits.

"71 Doctors Declare Trump has Dementia, Unfit for Office"

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Statistical Life
Why fight the lies. Write something that you know some people can't help but want to believe and sit back as social media does it's magic.

More Posts on Addiction

The Charlie Brown Christmas Blog

By David Pincus Ph.D. on December 24, 2008 in The Chaotic Life

Ads Instill "Addictude"

By Anneli Rufus on December 19, 2008 in Stuck
In all of our discussions about addiction, which is undeniably a devastating problem worldwide, what gets insufficient attention is the role that advertising plays in grooming us all to become addicts - whether to substances or behaviors - by imbuing us with a set of impulses, values and beliefs that I call "addictude." From infancy onward, ads teach us to crave. They teach us that there is no difference between "want" and "need." They trick us into believing that brand loyalty equals identity. They teach us that not getting what we want, and not getting it fast, is torture. They teach us that instant gratification is a basic human right. Ads teach us that restraint is a bad thing and that patience is ridiculous. Ads make us gullible, reckless, ruthless, dependent. Like addicts.

The New York Times on the DSM V

By Lennard J Davis on December 18, 2008 in Obsessively Yours

How the hell do you decide love is a tougher addiction than heroin?

By Stanton Peele on December 18, 2008 in Addiction in Society
Marc responded to my post "The seven hardest addictions to quit - love is the worst": "Nice post Stanton, and actually not that surprising to me are behavioural (addictions are worse) and NOT substance abuse problems. I'm curious though, what are your sources? How was this measured?"

Stuck in the Mud of De Nial, or Harm Reducer in Chief?

By Stanton Peele on December 08, 2008 in Addiction in Society
Let's see, which of my views on addiction is least popular? That most heroin, cocaine, and crack users don't become addicted, and only a small minority of addicts remain addicted? That most alcoholics reduce their drinking over their life spans? That most smokers, alcoholics, and drug addicts recover without treatment? I know - that reducing smoking is possible and healthy (that is, healthier than not reducing it).Recent presidents have been a boon for my crazy views - George W. quit drinking and smoking on his own (okay, with a religious epiphany). Barack Obama quit his early drug use when he got serious about life. Now, Barack is tackling the biggest taboo of all - cutting out his cigarette addiction but not quitting smoking altogether! 

Addictive-Driving Ads -- Detroit Fouls the Environment

By Stanton Peele on November 18, 2008 in Addiction in Society
As the big three automakers beg for American taxpayers to rescue them because they are going bankrupt, they claim they are busy developing innovative cars that will save the environment. Yet their ads are still replete with people driving gas-guzzling monstrosities fouling the earth while they are intoxicated with addictive sensations of speed and power.

Sex Addiction? An Obsession? A Disease?

By Lennard J Davis on November 04, 2008 in Obsessively Yours

Candidates Debate -- Who Has the Worst Trauma?

By Stanton Peele on October 27, 2008 in Addiction in Society
Candidates debate who has it worst!

Teaching High School Kids How to Drink

By Stanton Peele on October 24, 2008 in Addiction in Society
Taking the abuse out of alcohol consumption

No Coping Skills = Chaos

By Monica Ricci on October 22, 2008 in Get It Together
Failure is not an option. A good mantra for Apollo 13, given the circumstances. But it's not so good for kids.

Terminating Therapy, Part III: The Not-Quite-Ideal Termination

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on October 18, 2008 in In Therapy
Part I of this series covered the merits of the termination phase. Part II described the ideal circumstances for termination. But not all therapy reaches the final chapter. Today I'll look at some of the non-ideal reasons people leave therapy.

Posttraumatic Disorder--Temporary or Permanent?

By John A Call Ph.D., J.D., A. on October 03, 2008 in Crisis Center

What Does Alcohol Do to Your Brain?

By Susan F. Tapert Ph.D. on October 02, 2008 in Addiction Science
A review of how alcohol may affect brain functioning.

Are you at risk for addiction?

By Martin Paulus on September 05, 2008 in Addiction Science
Is it biology or psychology or both - what puts you at risk for addiction.  The answer is surprisingly complex but here we follow some basic clues.

Did Pattie Boyd require an expert to explain alcoholism?

By Stanton Peele on September 05, 2008 in Addiction in Society
Pattie Boyd's memoir, "Wonderful Tonight," describes Boyd's leaving her marriage with Beatle George Harrison after he became morose and uncommunicative, alternating between compulsive chanting and meditation followed by drug and alcohol blasts, to take up with Eric Clapton.
Is Depression a Disease?

Is Depression a Disease?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on September 01, 2008 in Evil Deeds
What is depression? Is it a disease? A mental disorder? Biochemical imbalance? A brain dysfunction? A psychological syndrome? An existential or spiritual crisis?

From God's Mouth to Biden's Ear -- Addiction IS a disease, and it's against the law to say otherwise

By Stanton Peele on August 24, 2008 in Addiction in Society
I like Joe Biden - and support his selection as Democratic Vice Presidential candidate - but he's an addiction nut who has proposed a law making it illegal to say addiction is not a disease!

How a Hopeful Lover Ends Up a Disappointed Friend

The reasons are more complex than you think, but begin with timing.

Movies and Psychotherapy = Cinematherapy - Part 1

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on August 12, 2008 in The Media Zone
A man in his 30s reads a book and something about how a young college student panics when he learns that a girl he slept with, just once, at a frat party, very quickly, in the corner of the party room, is pregnant. The episode in the book strikes a deep, painful chord.