Essential Reads

Sticking With Your Goals

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Trust
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.

Behind the Smoke-Screen of Vaping: E-Cigarettes

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on February 03, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Electronic cigarettes have become big business throughout the U.S. and worldwide. What do we really know about the safety of these products?

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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To Vape or Not to Vape

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on November 06, 2016 in The Power of Rest
Do e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

More Posts on Smoking

High Potency Marijuana Damages Cerebral Brain Connections

By Christopher Bergland on November 27, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that smoking marijuana with high levels of THC damages brain connections between the left and right hemispheres of the cerebrum.

The Drug Addictions Of Mice And Men

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 in Pop Psych
Is drug addiction the opposite of social connections? What some data on rats tell us about that rather interesting idea.

Applying Mindfulness Techniques to Quit Smoking

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 in The First Impression
How can mindfulness practices be applied to cessation of smoking? Research suggests a significant reduction in cravings by using the Crave to Quit program (download the app).

Breaking Research on the Risks of E-Cigarettes

By Rubin Khoddam on August 20, 2015 in The Addiction Connection
With the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and recent proposals to adjust regulation of e-cigatrettes, it's important to understand the risks associated with e-cigarette use, particularly in adolescence. A recent article published in the Journal of American Medical Association is the first study to examine how e-cigarette users may be at greater risk for smoking.

Are Your Kids Using Pot to Beat Anxiety?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 20, 2015 in Open Gently
Ask your kids if they're using pot medicinally for cramps, PMS or anxiety.

Creative Rehabilitation, Part 3: Stroke

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 12, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
It is especially important to think outside the box when planning rehabilitation for victims of stroke who are young or members of a minority group.

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

Women live longer than men because of modern lifestyle factors, rather than any biological difference, a new study reports.

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Leading Cause of Death

These five lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of dying from the leading cause of death in the United States by 50 percent.

Why Do Teens Assume Vaping or Smoking Marijuana Is Harmless?

A new study from Stanford University Medical Center reports that adolescents commonly assume that "vaping" e-cigarettes or smoking marijuana is harmless. Why do so many teenagers underestimate the risks of e-cigarettes and smoking cannabis?

The Painful Effects of Smoking

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on May 26, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
Many people who suffer from chronic pain are cigarette smokers. In fact, recent epidemiological and clinical data indicate that the prevalence of smoking among those in pain may be up to twice the rate found in the general population.
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Cannabis Addiction Is Linked to Higher Levels of Cortisol

Heavy marijuana use may trigger a stress response that increases cortisol levels.

Behavioral Economics and Health / Part 1

How a short term pleasure, like a cigarette, trumps having a long life.

Why's It So Hard to Quit Smoking? Neuroscience Has New Clues

Neuroscientists have pinpointed specific brain regions that explain why smoking is one of the hardest habits to kick.

One Billion People Share This Addiction. Are You Among Them?

The global statistics on substance abuse and addiction are surprising. One billion people around the world share a common addiction. Are you one of them?

The Neuroscience of Making a Decision

Understanding how your brain makes decisions in the heat-of-the-moment leads to more positive outcomes.

What Triggers Cravings?

What is the most effective way to eliminate cravings and stop the cycle of addictive behavior? This post offers new advice based on the latest cutting-edge scientific research.

Loneliness And Death

By Dale Archer M.D. on April 23, 2015 in Reading Between the (Head)Lines
Loneliness may reduce life expectancy more than obesity or smoking.
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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, Inaugurated

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's inaugural speech calls for civic leaders to ignite discussions on mental health, and to bring the topic "out of the shadows".

Please Let Me Act out on My Sugar Addiction in Peace

By Anna B. David on April 21, 2015 in Recover Girl
Those who consider themselves sugar addicts but then quit never tire of lecturing other sugar consumers about the dangers of that white powder. Why can't they just let us leave us alone with our cookies?

A Betrayal Anxiety Quiz for Women in an Unequal Workplace

When limited opportunities for advancement in a workplace exist, women often find themselves competing for the few positions available. Oftentimes, women who have been betrayed by ladder climbing colleagues are then prone to sabotage others.

5 Ways to Know When to Leave the Relationship

You don't want to go home anymore. You don't look forward to seeing or being in the actual company of the person with whom you are intimately involved. You prefer the idea of the relationship to the reality of it; you have an idealized image of the beloved that is far enough removed from the everyday, authentic person that being in his or her presence undermines, erodes an
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Change Doesn't Happen Overnight, It Happens in 5 Stages

Trying to change too fast can actually set you up for failure. Whether you want to exercise more often or you want to spend less money, there are five stages of change you'll likely go through.

Net Losses

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 14, 2015 in In Excess
A number of market research reports have indicated that many office employees spend at least one hour of their day at work on various non-work activities (e.g., booking holidays, shopping online, posting messages on social networking sites, playing online games, etc.) and costs businesses millions of dollars a year. But what can be done to prevent it?

John Joseph Shows Us Why Healthy Living Is Pure Hardcore

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 08, 2015 in Brick by Brick
The Cro-Mags' John Joseph shows us that coping with difficult situations can be hard, but healthy living is the ultimate strategy.

Can Healthy Living Reduce Cancer Risk? (Part One of Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in Media Spotlight
According to available statistics, roughly fourteen million people worldwide were newly diagnosed with cancer in 2012 alone. That same year saw about eight million cancer deaths. How many of those deaths might have been prevented using available medical knowledge about cancer risks? And how many more cancer deaths can we expect over the next three decades?

Birth Your Way

By Sharon Praissman on March 28, 2015 in Beyond the Egg Timer
Women over 35 are more susceptible to birth interventions. However, training for labor, finding providers who meet your needs, and good fortune can lead to a happy birth experience.

Are You a Traumatized Woman?

When we peruse the landscape of our world half the women we see have experienced a life-altering traumatic event, perhaps a natural disaster like a tornado, or a human-made disaster such as a car accident. And 1 in 3 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. But this number is probably much higher because these are only reported cases.

Living Comfortably with Hypocrisy and Negative Evidence

By Warren W Tryon Ph.D. on March 22, 2015 in The Missing Link
How do people live comfortably with hypocrisy and negative evidence?

Cancer Risk and Weight: Our Body and "Pathologies of Space"

Being overweight or obese has been associated with metabolic abnormalities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and abnormal triglyceride and cholesterol levels, as well as cardiac disease, osteoarthritis, and even sleep apnea. Researchers also have found strong associations between excessive body weight and many forms of cancer. Women are even more at risk than men.

The 4th Lie

By Harriet Brown on March 18, 2015 in The Truth About Your Health
Do diets make you thinner and healthier?