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Parenting a Substance Abuser

Parenting a Substance Abuser | Willing Ways Articles

What to expect on this emotional roller coaster Parenting is an inherently guilt-inducing endeavor. Whether it’s a skinned knee or a failing grade, parents find it hard to resist blaming themselves for their children’s struggles. It’s true that parents have a strong impact on who their children become. Parents who read to their children produce early[…]

Is Love an Addiction?

Is Love an Addiction

You want to be together all the time. Is that wonderful or obsessive? “Too much of a good thing is wonderful” —Mae West Romantic love has often been considered a type of addiction or even sickness. There is no doubt that love involves constant thinking about, and activities with, one’s beloved. But is such persistent preoccupation with one[…]

10 Keys to Happier Living Based on Self-Acceptance

10 Keys to Happier Living Based on Self-Acceptance | Willing Ways

“Learning to love yourself” might actually be “the greatest love of all.” A March 2014 survey by psychologists who study happiness identified “ten keys to happier living” and daily habits that make people genuinely happy. In an unexpected finding, the psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire who performed the survey found that the habit which corresponded most closely[…]

Sugar Addiction: It May Be Very Real

Sugar Addiction It May Be Very Real | Willing Ways

Consumption of refined sugar may actually be “addictive,” research indicates. Scientists and doctors have been coming to the conclusion that sugar, even in relatively small but consistent amounts, may not be healthy for us. In the last few years, the consensus has been leaning toward the idea that refined sugar may be affecting our brains[…]

When Not To Be Nice

When Not To Be Nice | Willing Ways

The late Dr. Harriet Braiker continues to teach us when and how to say no. “Niceness is the psychological armor of the people-pleaser.” ~ Harriet B. Braiker Do you act on a daily basis on any of these internalized beliefs? “I should never say ‘no’ to anyone who needs or requests something of me.” “I should never[…]

What Science Tells Us About Treatment of Addiction

Neuroplasticity and Addiction Recovery

A Response to a Recent “Debunking” of the 12-Step Program By John F. Kelly and Gene Beresin In a recent National Public Radio show on WBUR Radio Boston, Dr. Lance Dodes discussed his new book which attempts to debunk the science related to the effectiveness of 12-step mutual-help programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), as[…]

What Is Healthy Distraction?

What is Healthy Distraction? | Willing Ways

How distraction can help prevent relapse. In Relapse Prevention 101, one of the techniques recovering addicts learn is a distraction. Many are already familiar with the unhealthy version of this skill. After all, people often develop addictions in an effort to distract themselves from the pain of daily life. If addiction is itself a distraction, how could[…]

Preventing Relapse Among Addicted Youth

Preventing Relapse Among Addicted Youth | Willing Ways

5 approaches that work in relapse prevention Relapse rates for addiction are notoriously high, falling between 40 and 60 percent according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The relapse rate is even higher among young adults, particularly those who began using drugs in early adolescence, have weak social support networks, abuse multiple drugs, or have co-occurring mental health disorders. These[…]

Basic Emotions and Basic Psychological Disorders

Basic Emotions and Basic Psychological Disorders

Eight basic emotions that underlie eight psychological disorder clusters. I have written in past about the basic structure of emotions and identified eight basic emotions- four of them paired together viz. Fear-Disgust; Sadness-Anger; Joy- Love/Attentiveness and Interest-surprise. I have also tried to carve psychopathology at its joints, and come up with a psychological disorders taxonomy that places all major psychological disorders[…]

Parenting Away From Addiction

Follow-up Counseling Stage of Rehabilitation Treatment

You have an opportunity to parent such that your children do not become addicts. I am the father of two small children, an infant, and a preschooler. And although I am a relatively new parent, I’ve learned a great deal about parenting over the years. Some of what I learned was gleaned from what my parents did[…]

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