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Escaping or Accepting?

Escaping or Accepting?

On accepting your feelings, rather than attempting to escape. As far as I’m aware, there has been no time in the history of the human race when the majority of human beings attempted to accept their feelings rather than escape them. Escape is a natural way of avoiding pain and unpleasantness. This technique works for short-term relief, but it[…]

What Science Tells Us About Treatment of Addiction

What Science Tells Us About Treatment of Addiction

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[…]

Neuroplasticity and Addiction Recovery

Neuroplasticity and Addiction Recovery

Understanding how the brain heals creates new treatment options for addicts. We used to think that the brain, once damaged, could not repair itself. Breakthroughs in neuroscience have shown that this is not true.  Though individual neurons might be damaged beyond repair, the brain attempts to heal itself when damaged by making new connections or new neural[…]

Can you understand, tolerate, and overcome your social anxiety

Can You Understand Tolerate and Overcome Your Social Anxiety?

So many are self-medicating their social anxiety Shauna was a young, attractive, articulate woman. She also was very perfectionistic and self-critical. After every social encounter, she would analyze what she had said and done. She reviewed, questioned, obsessed, and critiqued every gesture and word she could remember coming out of her mouth. She was so[…]

Managing Chronic Pain

Managing Chronic Pain

A surprising treatment for chronic pain I have a small cohort of patients who suffer chronic pain so intense and unremitting it prevents them from living normally. They often don’t work, shop, go to restaurants or movies, leave their homes or sometimes even their beds except to visit doctors, or have meaningful relationships outside their immediate family,[…]

The Pursuit of Happiness–Or the Quest for Wealth

The Pursuit of Happiness Or the Quest for Wealth

The materialistic search for happiness is laden with paradox. Sadly, in our capitalistic culture today, the two aspirations denoted in the above title–to me, sharply contrasting–are frequently confused. They can be (and have been) viewed as virtually identical. And if in fact happiness is conceived in monetary terms, then the more money gained, the more material objects acquired, the[…]

Is Hoarding an Addiction or Purely a Compulsive Behavior?

Is Hoarding an Addiction or Purely a Compulsive Behavior?

Is there a difference? What comes to mind when you read the word “addiction?” Does it make you think of repetitive use of alcohol and drugs despite negative consequences? Or do you think of shopping, sexual activity, video games, and gambling at an alarmingly high rate? How about “compulsive hoarding?” Is hoarding an addiction or purely a compulsive[…]

More Intelligent People Are More Likely to Binge Drink and Get Drunk

More Intelligent People Are More Likely to Binge Drink and Get Drunk | Intelligent

Intelligent people are more likely to do stupid things Not only are more intelligent individuals more likely to consume more alcohol more frequently, but they are also more likely to engage in binge drinking and to get drunk. In an earlier post, I show that consistent with the prediction of the Hypothesis, more intelligent individuals consume larger quantities of alcohol[…]

The Five things Most likely to Ruin Your Child’s Life

The Five things Most likely to Ruin Your Child’s Life

Rich or poor, adverse childhood experiences predict future problems Research on what is called “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs) is showing that there is a shortlist of five things that happen to children when they are with families that are very likely to cause them mental and physical health problems later in life. In fact, the relationship between these factors[…]

People, places, and things – How important are drug-related triggers for relapse?

People, Places, Things How Important Are Drug-Related Triggers for Relapse?

Drug associated triggers are powerful re-activators of addictive behavior In cognitive-behavioral therapy they’re a big part of the “Five W’s” = When, Where, Why, With, and What. In the various 12-step programs they’re simply referred to as “People, places, and things.” But no matter how you refer to them, drug-associated cues, or “triggers” as they[…]

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