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9 Tips to Stay Sober on Your Next Vacation

With summer in full swing, here are a few quick and easy tips to keep you or a loved one happy, healthy and sober on your next adventure.
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Overdosed America

How did the U.S. become a nation involved in a prescription opioid epidemic?

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.

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The Pleasures of the Apocalypse

Don't worry. The end is near.
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Managing Your Life in a Dysfunctional Relationship

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 16, 2017 in Fixing Families
Dysfunctional relationships, whether they are filled with anger or addiction or mental illness, often create a flood of contradictory emotions within you. Tips on how to navigate.

Infidelity Vs Addiction: What Is the Difference?

Is your partner a sex addict, or just a cheater?

12 Ways of Seeing Your Entanglement With a Narcissist

Seeing patterns objectively—yours and the narcissist's—is as important as acknowledging your feelings.

Why the Opioid Commission Recommendations Will Fail America

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 15, 2017 in Sure Recovery
The recent White House Opioid Commission's Interim Report could have negative effects. My recommendations can help avoid that.

Q.E.D.: The Most Dangerous Addiction—Childhood Video Games

By Stanton Peele on August 15, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People who attempts mass murders often seem to have been unusually involved in youthful video games, which DSM-5 failed to label "addictive." Is that an oversight?

Coffee is a Drug Not a Beverage, Drink Up! Just Not Too Much

Coffee is a Drug, Not a Beverage, So drink up! Just not too much.

Preventing Hangovers

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Human Beast
They can have adverse effects on productivity, health, and well being. Is there an effective remedy?

Actual Cost of Drug Abuse in U.S. Tops $1 Trillion Annually

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 10, 2017 in Sure Recovery
What is the real cost of drug abuse?
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No, Mr. President, a Wall Won’t Stop Opioid Overdose Deaths

How does increasing law enforcement to go after international drug cartels serve those who have an opioid abuse problem now? We can help addicts and reunite families, if we act.

They Won't Stop Because They Can't Stop

Why can't they just stop? The answer may surprise you. A former addict shares his journey and insight gained during recovery.

Your Marriage and Social Media: The Grass Isn't Greener

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Clear Communication
Do you compare your spouse with others' pictures when you're on social media? You may be inadvertently damaging your marriage. Here's why you need to stop the comparison game.

Five Obstacles Men Overcome to Accept Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Wondering how men come to accept a mental health problem? Check out this post about a few common challenges.

We Can Break Without Shattering

By Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW on August 06, 2017 in Do Your Own Think
Have you been trying to block out those feelings of hurt, regret, betrayal or heartbreak? Gritting your teeth and embracing the pain can actually be the first step to healing.
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When Someone You Love Is an Alcoholic or Addict

Living with an addict can be a living hell. Trying to help can often make matters worse. Find out what you can do to make a difference.

Cannabis in a K-cup

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Caffeine and marijuana have vastly different effects within the brain; this makes predicting how the combination might affect mood or thinking exceptionally difficult.

Bring Back Confession

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Ambigamy
It's useful to calmly inventory your bad habits, not that they're going to change overnight.

Plato, Phones, and That Embarrassing Silence

Is technology a problem? Was it in the past?

Addiction Epidemic: (Not) the Christie Report

By Stanton Peele on August 02, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The opioid painkiller addiction crisis reported by the Christie Commission doesn't exist, according to government data. Dangerous use remains a problem, which the report ignores.

AAAs of Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is there a substance abuse problem in your family? The three As of recovery can help.

The Myth of Motivation

By Rubin Khoddam on August 01, 2017 in The Addiction Connection
So many of us wait to feel motivated before we do anything. But what we don't realize is that just by taking action, the motivation will follow.

Let It Hurt, Let It Heal

Pain is never comfortable or pleasant. But what if you could learn to experience it differently—in a way that could transform it completely?

How Your Addict Self Shares Your Brain

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Addicted Brains
Our brains can switch modes of functioning, which may feel like slipping into different selves. But the fact that it's normal doesn't mean it's not serious.

Skeletons in the Closet

A review of the new film "To the Bone" reveals some interesting perspectives on eating disorders.

Values Can Be a Conduit to Recovery

By Dan Mager MSW on July 27, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Contentment, like recovery, is an inside job. It comes from making choices that are healthy and helpful, and in alignment with our values.

Why Do People Skitter on the Margins of Their Own Lives?

Are you like a mouse running along the trim board of your own life? You need to move back to the center of your life.

My Teen Son Is Smoking Marijuana

How to handle a teen's marijuana use.

The Dean of USC's Medical School Used Addictive Drugs

By Stanton Peele on July 26, 2017 in Addiction in Society
When a prominent medical school dean was revealed to have used so-called "addictive drugs" before, he was terminated instantly due to what school authorities called his "disease."

"Cremainlining" Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in In Excess
Over the last 20 years, there have been stories about individuals that have accidentally or deliberately snorted the ashes of another person. But does 'cremainlining' really exist?