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 is Recovery?

Defining Recovery can be Challenging. There are Several Reasons for the Challenge: No person or organization has been designated the authority of recovery. From what a person is recovering from appears to influence the way some define recovery. The definition can be subjective and often based on personal experience. Whether or not abstinence is required…

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…

Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT) a Powerful Therapy

Developed by Dr.Steven R. Vazquez, Ph. D., LPC-S, LMFT, an esteemed Fellow Board member of Healing Springs Ranch, has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and has studied epigenetics, optometry, neurobiology, and quantum physics. Vazquez incorporated all fields of his study into the development of the Emotional Transformation Therapy® (ETT®), a therapeutic technique designed to reduce psychological…

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…