Addiction

Why One Doctor Says Medicine Isn’t Enough for Recovery


A double-board certified addiction medicine physician believes that 12-step programs are a critical part of recovery.

Russell Surasky, MD, who is board-certified in Neurology as well as in Addiction Medicine, is certainly well-versed in the pharmacologic treatment of addiction. And yet he is also a passionate believer in 12-step programs for his patients, calling them the “gold standard” when it comes to achieving stable recovery. For more on his treatment approach and philosophy, see below.

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Marriage and Divorce

More Than Simply Surviving Infidelity, Couples Must Aim to Resume a ‘Normal’ Relationship

When couples are trying to recover from an incident of infidelity, the betrayal often becomes the oversized elephant in the room. In fact, in every room.

Infidelity typically looms over a relationship. Breakfast is served with a side of infidelity. The garden sprouts infidelity. The shower spews infidelity, and the bedroom… well, the bedroom blasts infidelity like a set of powerful speakers ramped to maximum volume.
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Addiction

Addiction: Accepting the Treatment Norm Is Not an Option

For over fifty years the treatment industry has categorically failed. Personal experience of this writer as well as objective data has demonstrated that 3-5% of individuals who complete residential treatment will remain “sober” for a year or more. Additionally, according to the Baldwin Research Institute Inc., over 90% of all treatment in the U.S. is 12-step based and over 95% teach the disease concept. From any perspective and surely from a business perspective, a 95% failure rate is utterly unacceptable. Why does society and the medical/clinical community accept these findings? The answer seems to be “this is how we have always done it.”
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Brain Blogger

The Science of Preventing Dangerous Psychopathy


What makes someone a psychopath? Nature or nurture? And can we stop at risk children from growing up into dangerous adult psychopaths? One of the oldest queries in psychology -- nature versus nurture -- asks if what makes us who we are is predisposed by our DNA, or by life experiences. It is a pretty poignant question when it comes to psychopaths, who are estimated to account for up to 50% of all serious crimes in the US.

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Happiness

Office Space: When You Need More Space Than Office

“What am I doing here?” my mind raced.

In an overheated cubicle with five other underemployed attorneys, frustration and disillusionment vied for supremacy. As my co-workers and I labored through the mind-numbing document review, sighs, grunts, and biting comments pierced the silence. Laboring in this dead-end job, a sense of despair wafted through the stuffy cubicle. I wanted to quit. But only after I shrieked in frustration.
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Alzheimer

Psychology Around the Net: January 21, 2017


Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

Finally, the weekend is here. That doesn't mean too much to me, however, considering how busy I am with work -- wait. I'm not supposed to say that because...

...today's Psychology Around the Net takes a look at how creativity is born, some not-so-common habits to improve your life, and -- yes -- why saying things like "I'm so busy" might actually be a mindset more than a reality.

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Anger

7 Red Flags to Watch Out for in a New Relationship

You’re dating someone new and everything seems to be going pretty well. That is until you spot something a little off in his (or her) behavior. When you’re first getting to know someone, you don’t want to analyze and judge every single thing he does or way he acts, but you also want to evaluate what kind of person he is and if he could be a good fit for you.

When we really like someone, we often want to overlook certain behaviors and chock it up to him or her having a bad day or our reading the situation wrong. But before you get too invested in someone, it’s important to know what her personality is really like. Here are seven red flags to watch out for in a new relationship.
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Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: January 20, 2017

I heard health coach and author Amy Kurtz say something that changed my worldview of healing and health. On Insights at the Edge, she said, "Healing is a journey, not a destination." Although she was talking about chronic illness, I think anyone struggling with their health can appreciate that statement.

What if we were to view health not as some perfect, unattainable goal, but something that teaches us to be kinder, gentler and caring to ourselves?

Can we perceive our pain and struggle as insightful friends? Can we view it as messages highlighting areas of our lives that need exploration and tending?

It's changed the way I view my own illness. Along with our posts this week on control, narcissism, stress and relationships let it bring hope to all who feel hopeless.
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