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Types of addiction

How Addicts Are Like ‘Crazy’ Teens

How Addicts Are Like ‘Crazy’ Teens

By Jennifer Matesa Bells went off in my mind as I read the New York Times piece “Why Teenagers Act Crazy.” Here’s why: The author says that teenagers’ “crazy” behavior is caused by their acute fear-response to their environments, and that they have more difficulty than adults with turning off those alarms. He explains that […]

How To Curb Your Sweet Tooth

How To Curb Your Sweet Tooth

Do you ever feel powerless over your consumption of sugar? If so, you’re not alone. Cravings for sugary foods are signs of a growing addiction, and if you find yourself reaching for sweet treats to ease your mood, alleviate boredom or when you aren’t even hungry, taking control of your sugar intake is essential. In […]

How To Overcome A Gambling Addiction

How To Overcome A Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling is an example of what experts call a process addiction. Also known as a behavioral addiction, this is the type of addiction that does not involve ingesting a mind-altering substance like a drug or alcohol. Although there is debate over whether these addictions are “true” addictions, most experts agree that there are enough […]

Can Oxytocin Levels Help Determine Addiction Risks?

Can Oxytocin Levels Help Determine Addiction Risks?

Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally in the brain and distributed to various parts of the body. Scientists believe that this hormone plays an important role in promoting deep connections between people and moderating the effects of serious stress. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, a multinational […]

Are Internet Addiction Tests Underreporting The Problem?

Are Internet Addiction Tests Underreporting The Problem?

Internet addiction is the term commonly used to describe compulsive, dysfunctional involvement in one or more forms of Internet use. The condition has no official definition in the U.S.; however, the American Psychiatric Association is reviewing the possibility of establishing such a definition. Two screening tests—called the Compulsive Internet Use Scale and the Internet Addiction […]

Your Brain On Sugar

Your Brain On Sugar

If you have ever made the off-hand comment that you are a chocolate addict or that you are addicted to sweets, you aren’t far off from the truth. As obesity rates soar in the U.S., researchers are hard at work trying to determine why some people find it so hard to stop overeating, and why […]

Can Technology Break Technology Addiction?

Can Technology Break Technology Addiction?

Smartphone addiction is a real problem for many people. Just when you cross the line from frequent use to obsessive addiction is debatable but, for some people, cell phones are all-consuming. Behavioral addictions are treatable by traditional addiction care techniques like counseling, and, of course, there is an app (or two) for that. But can […]