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Three Phases of Addiction.

Three Phases of Addiction

Getting high, avoiding the low, and craving. Tobacco, alcohol, stimulants, opiates, and marijuana are all capable of leading to addiction. Some of these drugs are more addictive than others. Some people are more prone to becoming addicted than others. Authors of a recent review article in the New England Journal of Medicine define addiction as “the most severe, chronic stage[…]

Four Reasons You Should Pay More Attention to Alcohol Abuse.

Four Reasons You Should Pay More Attention to Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol may be one of the most commonly abused drugs in the world. Alcohol may be one of the most commonly abused drugs in the world, and Alcohol Awareness Month is the perfect time to delve into the nitty-gritty of alcohol abuse and the way it impacts our communities. Here are four reasons you should pay more attention to[…]

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

Statistically, smokers earn less and have a tougher time finding work. Are you a smoker? Are you looking for one more reason to quit? If so, thinking about the pecuniary drain on your bank account can be one more addition to a Rolodex of reasons why you should never start smoking or quit sooner than later.[…]

What Parents Need to Know About Underage Drinking.

What Parents Need to Know About Underage Drinking

Here are four tips for parents when talking to their kids about alcohol. I am an alcoholic. Seventeen years and nine-ish months ago, I quit a 2-liter of hard liquor a day habit. I started drinking when I was 11 and spent the years up until I decided to quit getting drunk every opportunity I got. It[…]

People, Places, and Things That Trigger Drug Use

People, Places, and Things That Trigger Drug Use

A subliminal reason why cravings come seemingly out of nowhere You remember Pavlov and his dog, right? That old classical conditioning story you learned in Psych 101 where the dog was conditioned to salivate not just in response to food, but to the simple ring of a bell. Just to refresh your memory, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov,[…]

Alcohol or Drug Use Can Rob Your Body of Nutrients

Alcohol or Drug Use Can Rob Your Body of Nutrients

Learn how supplements can help heal your body and your mind. You might be surprised to learn that many people with substance use disorders suffer from nutrient deficiencies. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with alcohol, stimulant, or opiate addiction, it’s important that you know how your nutritional health might be affected. Supplements can help you[…]

Are You ‘Addicted’ to Chaos?

Are You ‘Addicted’ to Chaos?

Is ‘chaos addiction’ another term for ‘workaholism’ or something different? Last year, three independent things happened that led me to write this article. Firstly, I received an email from one of my blog readers who wrote: “I’m a recovering addict. I still find that hard to admit even after time in therapy and the support of my[…]

The Psychology of Gambling

The Psychology of Gambling

5 surprising facts about gambling Gambling is an interesting psychological phenomenon, and there has been extensive research on how psychological processes affect gambling behavior. Here are 5 interesting gambling phenomena. Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Riggio[…]

Yoga: Good for Addicts and the Rest of Us

Yoga: Good for Addicts and the Rest of Us

There has been a lot of debate about yoga. There has been a lot of debate about yoga. Is it just good exercise or does it have an impact on the brain that can be used as part of a therapeutic program for treating disorders like addiction? Recent research suggests that yoga acts on the brain very much like meditation and[…]

Teens and Marijuana Addiction

Teens and Marijuana Addiction

How to spot when the adolescent in your life may have a problem I frequently give talks about marijuana at schools. If the audience includes parents, the most common question is a variation on, “What are the signs that my kid might be abusing marijuana?” Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard[…]

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