Essential Reads

Do I Have a Problem With Alcohol?

If you drink regularly, take this opportunity to evaluate how you are drinking and decide if it is time to make a change.

Why Do So Many Superstars Self-Destruct Like Supernovas?

Why has superstardom caused so many musical icons of the 1980s to die prematurely? This blog post explores the underbelly of fame and the quest for "Holy Grail" peak experiences.

Losing a Loved One to Porn (and What You Can Do About It)

By Sue Johnson on April 21, 2016 in Hold Me Tight
When is the line crossed from porn use to porn addiction? When is porn eroding your connection with your partner?

Do You Want to Change Your Relationship to Alcohol?

A compassionate look at why we drink, how to know when it becomes a problem, and the many ways you can make change.

More Posts on Addiction

Ditch Perfection and Embrace Progress

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 A Family Affair
Does the voice of perfectionism shout at you? You can learn how to quiet it down.

The Case Against Medical Marijuana in Brazil

Without reliable scientific evidence, it’s naïve to say that marijuana is a light or therapeutic drug.

Top 5 Ways Biofeedback Can Change Your Life

Are you turning to pills to make your life better? Biofeedback and neurofeedback could be the answer you're looking for.

Three Health Conditions We Need to Talk About

Talk with them about it; a small thing like checking in on someone to see how they are can mean the world to a person dealing with a stigmatized disorder.

Six Hallmarks of Codependence

Before you label someone as codependent, or identify as codependent, make sure you understand what codependence is.

Sneezy Does It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 27, 2016 In Excess
There are reports in the medical/psychological literature dating back to the 1890s of sexually induced sneezing in both men and women. But what more is known about the phenomenon?

The Power of Small Decisions

Choices that create an undesirable way of life are made one day at a time.

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Ryan Anderson on April 25, 2016 The Mating Game
People often wonder what other people do in the bedroom. The evidence might surprise you.

Women, Blackouts, Sexual Assault, and Slut Shaming

Alcohol blackouts leave women very vulnerable to sexual assault.

Four Reasons You Should Pay More Attention to Alcohol Abuse

Here are four reasons you should pay more attention to alcohol abuse among the people in your life.

Seven Things to Expect When You Go to Rehab

Addiction treatment centers vary, but if you are going someplace that is quality, there are a few things that you should be prepared for when you get there.

Alcohol Moderation Treatment Works!

From individual examples to data from dozens of patients, research is showing that moderate drinking can be a successful alternatives to alcohol abstinence. So where is the field?

Obsessive Teeth Whitening and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 20, 2016 In Excess
Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic procedure, but there are anecdotal reports of obsessive and addictive teeth whitening and as a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder.

3 Reasons Why Psychotherapy by Apps Might Be the Future

Mobile apps reach far beyond millennials, hipsters, and emojis.

4/20/16: Now That It's Nearly Normal...

By Eliezer Sobel on April 19, 2016 The 99th Monkey
I certainly hope the rest of you have a great time, if and when widespread legalization comes to pass. And I’ll be really sorry to miss the party.

Old Habits Die Hard

Are you trying to break an old habit without much luck? Try a few tips to stay motivated.

What Screen Time Really Does to Kids' Brains

A number of troubling studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media

Has the Opioid Pendulum for Treating Pain Swung Too Far?

With the epidemic of opioid and heroin addictions sweeping the country—physicians are pinpointing new best practices for "balanced" multidisciplinary pain management strategies.

Heavy Marijuana Use May Reduce Your Brain's Dopamine Release

A new study has identified a correlation between heavy marijuana use and lower levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine controls reward-motivated behaviors and pleasure centers.

ADHD and the Rock Star Gene

Adam Levine, will.i.am, Justin Timberlake, and Solange Knowles have spoken publicly about their ADHD. Can ADHD be a gift?

Respond as if the Addict is Your Beloved Mother

It is a myth that addicts must find some kind of bottom before they seek treatment. In my experience, an addict’s “bottom” is very often somewhere past dead.

Stopping the False Epidemic of Adult ADHD

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 14, 2016 Saving Normal
The father of the ADHD diagnosis, Keith Conners, thinks that the adult ADHD epidemic needs to be stopped before it causes even more damage.

Prescription Drugs and Malpractice: A Lethal Combination

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 Wicked Deeds
Prescription drug addiction and medical negligence create a “perfect storm” of corruption, misery and death in the U.S.

Documentary Film Tells Story of Race, Drugs and Baseball

Dock Ellis: High-flying baseball icon or survivor of drug dependence?

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

A recent study from Stanford University found that being a smoker has detrimental impacts on new employment opportunities and wage earning.

Tattoos and Sexual Attraction

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 13, 2016 In Excess
Scientific studies on women’s tattoos tend to show that most people view them negatively. But does that include sexual attraction?

6 Reasons We Keep Playing the Lottery

By Kevin Bennett on April 12, 2016 Modern Minds
Why do we keep playing when we know we shouldn't? The very long odds of winning the lottery don't seem to keep people from spending money.

How to Maintain Hope for the Addict in Your Life

Addiction treatment works, but you have to do the work of finding the highest quality care you can that appropriately meets the addict’s specific needs.

Is Alcohol or Drug Abuse Taking a Toll on Your Digestion?

Recovery from drugs and alcohol is a difficult process. A healthy diet and attention to gut health can improve mood, response to stress and may reduce risk for relapse.