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Misuse of Stimulants by College Students

Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants by college students is common. Students who misuse these drugs have a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorder and conduct disorder.
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How and Why You Should Keep Your Temper in Check

By Richard Taite on October 21, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
At the end of the day we are human, not perfect, and it is okay to make mistakes so long as we learn from them and try to do better.

Cheating? But It Was Just a Webcam!

In the 21st century, as our lives have become increasingly more digital, the once-clear line between monogamy and infidelity has gotten rather blurry.
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Meditation Helps Eating Disorder Recovery

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on October 18, 2016 in Bottom's Up
When people are recovering from an eating disorder, anxiety and stress can cause them to react through harmful behaviors. Meditation is crucial to a healthy recovery.

More Posts on Addiction

Promising to stop addictive behavior is a very bad idea

By Lance Dodes M.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Heart of Addiction
It's common for people suffering with an addiction to tell others, or even themselves, "I promise I'll stop (my addictive behavior)." But it's a disaster waiting to happen.

It's Time to Legalize Marijuana: A Public Health Perspective

Whether it's legal or not, kids are going to use cannabis. Do we really want them to see the police as the enemy and throw them in jail?
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How Our Next President Could Fight the Opioid Epidemic

In this election cycle, ending the opioid epidemic comes down to technique.

Prescription Drug Abuse and the Physician Gatekeeper

Many medications can be abused. Prescribing doctors are gatekeepers who separate legitimate use from abuse. However, this distinction is becoming less clear.

Six Reasons Teens Turn to Drugs

There comes a time in a teen’s life where he or she is faced with the decision to take a drug. The power of that one decision is oftentimes underestimated.

Medical Marijuana and Pregnancy

By Ira J. Chasnoff M.D. on October 15, 2016 in Aristotle's Child
Should a doctor do a pregnancy test before prescribing marijuana to a woman of childbearing age?
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Kratom Needs to Be Researched Before It’s a Schedule 1 Drug

Let’s limit the access children have to the drug and engage in serious research so that we know exactly what we’re looking at.
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The DEA is Lowering Opioid Production in the U.S

By Richard Taite on October 14, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
The DEA’s decision to limit the amount of opioid painkillers produced in the United States is a prudent step.

Do Shame & "Rock Bottom" Decrease Dysregulated Behavior? No!

Do shaming and "rock bottom" help decrease dysregulated behavior? No! In fact, they can actually do the opposite.

Breaking the Trance

By The Book Brigade on October 13, 2016 in The Author Speaks
There are practical strategies parents can take to control children’s overuse of screen media.

Think Twice Before Giving Medical Marijuana to Your Pet

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in Animals and Us
It would be nice to think medical marijuana could cure epilepsy in dogs and anxiety in cats. But there are problems with the use of cannabis in veterinary medicine.

Connecting Dots Between The Opioid Epidemic and Philanthropy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 12, 2016 in Saving Normal
The Sackler family earned a fortune promoting the opioid epidemic and should devote their philanthropy to helping the millions of Americans who have been harmed by it.

This Could Be the Biggest Threat to Your Relationship

It's often referred to as "the invisible addiction."

Kratom:The Legal High That Treats Chronic Pain and Addiction

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 08, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
A motley crew consisting of haggard-looking scientists in their white coats and millennials with runny noses, patiently standing in the queue at the local GNC.
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Legalizing Marijuana in California

By Richard Taite on October 07, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
If you treat young people with respect and give them good information, the likelihood is greater that they will make healthy choices.
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Here’s How the High Holidays Can Support Your Recovery

If you think seeing your family all together will prompt you to use, give yourself a pass from the occasion guilt-free.

How Cocaine-Rush Feelings Are Stimulated on "The Bachelor"

Here are five examples of ways in which the scripting of reality TV shows enhances “cocaine-rush” feelings in new relationships.

Can Cycling Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in In Excess
There has been an increasing amount of research into exercise addiction and it's sub-types. One such type is 'cycling addiction' but can it really be classed as an addiction?
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How Compassion Can Help You Support an Addicted Loved One

Compassion: The Best Way to Support a Partner or Family Member with an Addiction.

Is It Time to Retire ADHD?

For many Americans heroin addiction begins with the abuse of legally prescribed medications. Most often this involves painkillers, but sometimes trouble begins with ADHD drugs.

Why Is It So Much Fun to Get a Box in the Mail?

By Donna Barstow on October 01, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Many of us order things online that we wouldn't think of getting at the store. Why? Curiosity!

What Leads Us to See Our Addictions for What They Are?

What experiences shape the moment of recognition that addiction is bondage and that freedom is worth clawing towards with every molecule of strength and courage that we possess?

Are Subscription Boxes Bad for Your Health? Maybe!

By Donna Barstow on September 30, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
The hidden mysteries of shopping online: Subscription boxes!
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How Will You Handle Loss?

By Richard Taite on September 30, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Your best defense against grief will never be your ability to plan around and corral it.

Some "Do's" and "Don'ts" for Loved Ones

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in A Family Affair
Are you trying to figure out how best to handle a loved one's addiction? Consider some do's and don'ts.

Does Gender Matter When It Comes to Addiction Recovery?

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Does gender matter when it comes to addiction treatment? Focusing on women's treatment needs help speed up recovery.
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What Is DBT?

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on September 28, 2016 in Bottom's Up
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an effective combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies. The goal of DBT is to transform destructive behaviors into positive outcomes.

No, You Cannot Get Attached to Porn

By David J Ley Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Women Who Stray
Blaming porn-related personal and relationship problems on addiction disturbance is the worst form of pseudoscience - it's also potentially iatrogenic.

New Love Euphoria Mimics Effects of Crack Cocaine

There are at least ten compelling reasons to use a model of addiction to crack cocaine to describe the euphoria that results from new love.