Video Gaming a Newly Considered An Addiction By The DSM

Online video games are popular with reportedly 160 million American adults playing Internet-based games. The games are created to be and challenging, making it easy to become absorbed in the online game competition. Can video gaming be considered an addiction? Internet Gaming in DSM-5 The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), used…

What Do An Astronaut, Actor, Senator, Game Show Host, And Cy Young Award Winning Baseball Player Have In Common?

In 1799, in Native America, The Handsome Lake Movement was formed as a support program for people struggling with Substance Use Disorder. In the 1950’s the American Medical Association (AMA) assigned a list of symptomology to Substance Use Disorder. In 1976, in an effort to dispel the myths people held about only poor or unsuccessful people being impacted by addiction,…

Lasting Effects of Addiction on Family Members

In the United States, there are an estimated 30-million people affected by addiction, including family members. Research suggests that Substance Use Disorder can permanently impact the nature and quality of family communications. The communication dynamics identified in families where an addiction is present are described as aggressive, protective, adaptive, and inconsistent. The aggressive communication style found in families…

What Does it Mean to Have Co-Occurring Disorders?

People with Substance Use Disorders, as well as mental health disorders, are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders. In the past, this was called dual diagnosis. Substance Use Disorder is diagnosed when substance use interferes with functioning at work, school, and in social relationships. It is also diagnosed when substance use creates or worsens a medical condition…

Many Pathways to Recovery

Historically, people with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) seeking the help of a treatment center were frequently criticized when exploring their uniqueness. 12-step groups were once the only acceptable support program, and often centers would require a client to attend 12-step meetings, even if the client voiced a desire to chose an alternative fellowship. I once…

What Influences substance use disorder in our culture?

Over five decades, substance use disorders have had strong relations to the culture of our music, lifestyle, and fashion, as well as attitudes and ideologies. 1960’s —The first documented and widely-spread drug culture came in the mid-1960’s with the psychedelic ideology and hippie culture. Cannabis, LSD and other psychedelic drugs have been associated with the…

The Locus of Control Shift; An Illusion of Control And Protection

The Trauma Model is a comprehensive, scientifically testable theory of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of different disorders, addictions, and self-defeating behaviors. As a fellow of Healing Springs Ranch, Colin Ross M.D. developed the principles and techniques of his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) to treat people with trauma-related disorders including complex…

Bridging the Gap Between Addiction, Mental Health And Trauma

Healing Springs Ranch empirically based, “Integrated Addiction Model” (I.AM) looks beneath the surface of all addictive patterns and mental health symptoms and identifies and address the underlying ROOT CAUSE of these behaviors. Whether a person struggles with alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, anxiety or is addicted to a process such as gambling, pornography, gaming, shopping etc.,…

What Is Addiction?

People may ask the question, “what is an addiction?” They may know the addiction definition, but they don’t really know what addiction entails or what to do about it. Having a better understanding of addiction can help them avoid it altogether. Understanding addiction also helps them better understand what people who suffer from addiction go…