Addictions Library

  • Full Recovery: Creating a Personal Action Plan for Life Beyond Sobriety
    Full Recovery: Creating a Personal Action Plan for Life Beyond Sobriety is both an inspiring and a very practical book for those who are in recovery as well as anyone who wants to grow ...
  • The Book That Started It All: The Original Working Manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous
    Chances are you can ask almost anyone if they know what the Big Book is and you will get a response along the lines of "Yes, that's the bible for alcoholics, right?"  According to Bill ...
  • Food, Family and the Holidays
    If you tend to struggle with food, weight and body image, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be particularly challenging, because they revolve so much ...
  • The Health Impact of Regular Marijuana Use
    A recent global review of marijuana (cannabis) suggests it has been used by one in 25 adults aged 15 to 64 ...
  • Alcohol Consumption and Genetics
    Scientists have found that the genes which influence the amount of alcohol people drink may be distinct from those that affect the risk of alcoholism. A large number ...
  • Symptoms of Hypersexual Disorder (Sex Addiction)
    In 2010, the American Psychiatric Association released draft, preliminary criteria that may define "sex addiction," which they are formally called Hypersexual Disorder. Hypersexual disorder can only be diagnosed in adults 18 years or older, according ...
  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life
    “Humans suffer, in part, because they are verbal creatures.” So says Steven Hayes, PhD, authors of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life. We, as humans, learn specific names for specific things and we ...
  • She Bets Her Life
    Mary Sojourner’s She Bets Her Life is a book written for women “trapped in compulsive gambling” and the people who know them. Sojourner’s book is touching in that she herself was once a ...
  • Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success
    In Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success, Meg Selig uses Prochaska and DiClemente’s Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model as a “springboard” for inspiring habit change. Selig breaks down each stage (Pre-Contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, ...
  • Saying No To Naked Women
    In the summer of 1974, Jack Derritt leaves the city and all of his material possessions behind and heads out to the Arkansas countryside, to live in a shack and take stock of his life. ...
  • A New Day, A New Life
    “If you are reading this, it’s likely that you decided to create a healthy, rewarding life.” And so begins the 365-day journey A New Day, A New Life: A Guided Journal Blending Science & Spirituality, ...
  • Size Does Not Equal a Healthy Body
    I will never forget the night my 6'3" tall, slender brother and his even taller, slender friend bought two tickets for the ...
  • Depression and Alcoholism: Five Tips for Recovery
    Alcoholics go through a period of grieving when they give up drinking. For those dually-diagnosed with alcoholism and depression, the grief over ...
  • Severe Obesity and Adult ADHD: Connection and Cure
    In 2006, at the age of 47, I was diagnosed with ADHD. I’ve been researching adult ADHD ever since. I was taken by surprise ...
  • Depression and Substance Abuse: The Chicken or the Egg?
    There's a saying in the recovery movement: Alcohol and drug addiction can cause mental illness but mental illness does not cause addiction. However, some mental ...
  • I Can’t Be Depressed… I’m a Guy!
    Over the last few years, more and more men have been strong enough to stand up and declare that they suffer with depression. That has led to some ...
  • When Family Members Protect Alcoholics
    In families with alcoholism, emotions and priorities can get very mixed up -- and not just by the alcoholic. Spouses, kids, parents, and extended family members can also get emotionally entangled with ...
  • Illuminating 13 Myths of Schizophrenia
    It’s safe to say that no mental disorder is more shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding and fear than schizophrenia. “The modern-day equivalent of leprosy” is how renowned research psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., refers to schizophrenia ...
  • Living with Schizophrenia
    “Your daughter has schizophrenia,” I told the woman. “Oh, my God, anything but that,” she replied. “Why couldn’t she have leukemia or some other ...
  • FAQs for Partners of Sex Addicts
    So you think your significant other is a sex addict? This list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and their answers may help shed light on the topic for you. What is sex addiction? Sex addiction is an ...
  • Bonding with Your Teen: A Hidden Opportunity
    This column is part of a series of vignettes representing themes common to families and adolescents. Different sides of a dilemma are presented – the parent’s point of view and the adolescent’s view. ...
  • Teen Drinking: Limits vs. Punishment
    According to the National Institute of Health, drinking -- the drug of choice among youth -- plays a major role in death from injuries, and injuries are the leading cause of death for ...
  • Does Your Teenager Want To Get Caught?
    Travis was 15. He’d always been a good kid – no trouble, unlike his brothers. His parents saw him as the perfect child. That’s ...
  • Purge: Rehab Diaries
    In our society, eating disorders are mostly misunderstood and glamorized. We’re told that everyone with an eating disorder is skin and bones. That just by looking at someone we can easily spot the starvation, the ...
  • Is Alcohol Spoiling Your Romance?
    When I first talk to people about couples therapy, I usually ask: "Do you drink alcohol? Does your partner?" and if so, "How much?" I also ask whether they use other mind-altering drugs and intoxicants. ...

 

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