Porn, the Newer, Slicker Version of Sex? How Porn Really Affects Your Relationship

How does the use of pornography affect a relationship? What does the use of pornography mean? Should viewing porn be viewed as normal? These days, pornography is a part of society and some view it as nothing more than another form of entertainment. Below are other considerations- Does viewing pornography trigger trauma in a partner? Does …

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Did you know? Human Connection just might be the Opposite of Addiction

If the human connection is the opposite of addiction, can there be addiction where there is a connection? In a 2015 TED Talk entitled “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong,” British journalist Johann Hari talks about the underlying causes of addiction, concluding that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s the …

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How Do I Know if I have an Addiction?

As a clinician, I am often asked how addiction is determined. From a clinical standpoint, addiction can be diagnosed using a set of criteria. One of the most common and widely used diagnoses tools in the United States is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). The DSM is developed through the American Psychological Association (APA). …

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Co-Occurring Disorders and Substance Use Disorders– How do they relate?

We hear a lot about Co-occurring disorders but what is it? A Co-occurring disorder is the presence of both mental health and a substance-use disorder. For example, an opioid substance use disorder coupled with depression is a common co-occurring disorder. Clients with co-occurring disorders (COD) typically have one or more disorders relating to the abuse of …

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Finding True Happiness Inside of Substance Abuse Recovery

“Happiness is an inside job”- Abraham Hicks Substance abuse often starts as self-medication against internal struggles. At some point, we may extend this concept into other parts of our lives—just as we may have relied on the comfort provided by drugs, we may also rely on the comfort provided by people or things. Depending on …

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Find Your Purpose in Life and Recover from Substance Abuse

Having a purpose provides a positive focus to fill the void that substance abuse recovery uncovers. But why is it so hard to identify your life’s purpose? When we were young, we weren’t taught to reflect on our purpose in life.  Discovering your life’s purpose takes real self-examination and awareness. You know you are getting …

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Are You Addicted to Social Media?

Social media users gain a sense of connection and belonging. Today it is common to communicate and connect with others on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Social media users gain a sense of connection and belonging. Today it is common to communicate and connect with others on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Is this casual social media …

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Why the allure to anger is an addiction?

America seems to be addicted to Anger. A public epidemic, promoted by media coverage of road rage, mass shootings, and war. Anger affects our personal lives in many ways, from workplace frustrations to family arguments. Some symptoms of anger addiction are- self-stimulation, compulsion, obsession, denial, withdrawal and craving syndrome, and unpredictable behavior. Like alcoholism or substance abuse, anger …

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Research Show Us — 1 In 6 Men Have Been Sexually Abused

It is hard to wrap our minds around it yet there is strong scientific evidence to support the statistic that 1 in 6 men have been sexually abused or assaulted, whether in childhood or as an adult. No doubt, this is a low estimate since the statistics don’t include noncontact experiences. Facts about men and …

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How Real is Sugar Addiction?

In neuroscience, food is something we call a “natural reward.” For human beings to survive, things, like eating, having sex, and nurturing others, must stimulate the brain in such a way that these behaviors are reinforced and repeated.  The European Journal of nutrition, reports an increasingly popular theory that sugar acts as an addictive agent, …

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