Getting Help For Compulsive Gambling

Getting Help For Compulsive Gambling

While for many people, gambling is a fun pastime and an occasional hobby, for others it is a destructive compulsion. Compulsive gambling is one of the most-studied behavioral addictions, those addictions that involve an obsession with an activity rather than alcohol or drugs. Although it doesn’t involve substance abuse, gambling addiction effects can be just […]

Resources For Social Media Addiction

Resources For Social Media Addiction

Our modern conveniences, like the Internet, tablet computers, social media and smartphones, have made our lives better in many ways. But there is also a downside. Most of us have developed some serious habits when it comes to using these technologies. We find it difficult to unplug and stop looking at screens. The constant flow […]

Buprenorphine/Naloxone Combo Limits Risk For Buprenorphine Misuse

Buprenorphine/Naloxone Combo Limits Risk For Buprenorphine Misuse

Buprenorphine is a relatively mild opioid-based medication commonly used to help people addicted to stronger opioid drugs or medications. Although buprenorphine is designed for sublingual (under-the-tongue) use, some people abuse the medication by crushing and inhaling it. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from Columbia University assessed the […]

ADHD Medication Shows Promise in Cocaine Addiction Recovery

ADHD Medication Shows Promise in Cocaine Addiction Recovery

Researchers have not identified a medication that consistently helps people in recovery for cocaine addiction. However, efforts to develop medication treatment options are ongoing. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, a team of Dutch researchers investigated the effectiveness of a medication called atomoxetine (Strattera), normally used to treat […]

Do Drug Addicts Belong In Alcoholics Anonymous?

Do Drug Addicts Belong In Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous has a single purpose: to help the alcoholic. Is AA supposed to be a support group for drug addicts as well? Twelve-step programs have been used to successfully treat many other problems with substance abuse and addictive behavior. The variety of programs ranges from narcotics addiction to food, sex and gambling addictions. Although […]

Growing Up In Addiction Recovery

Growing Up In Addiction Recovery

By Meghan Vivo Before they’re even born, most parents have a vision for their children. We picture them as grown adults, making their own way in the world and perhaps even being there for us as we age. But not everyone follows the same path to maturity. Some take a roundabout course through addiction and […]

Why Won’t We Ever Be Rid Of Addiction?

Why Won’t We Ever Be Rid Of Addiction?

By Meghan Vivo No time for natural remedies to help you fall asleep? Craving another helping of fries even though your doctor has told you to watch the saturated fats? No problem, science has got you covered. In a culture that has become hyper-focused on easy fixes, we expect a simple solution for every ailment. If a pill can give you […]

Laughter Yoga: A Healthy Addiction?

Laughter Yoga: A Healthy Addiction?

By Edie Weinstein, MSW @EdieWeinstein1 The setting: a meeting room at a Center City, Philadelphia hotel during a wellness conference. The cast: people of all ages, lifestyle and dress. The directors: two women with bright smiles and welcoming presence. One of them is Peggy Tileston, MA, who holds a master’s degree in counseling from Lesley […]

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Making Quiet Waves In Addiction Treatment

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Making Quiet Waves In Addiction Treatment

By Jeanene Swanson There is growing evidence that mindfulness meditation, when done properly, can significantly improve addiction treatment outcomes. There are many different kinds of meditation—mindfulness (also called vipassana), zazen, transcendental, kundalini, qigong, guided visualization, trance-based, heart-based (with a focus on emotional states), and the list goes on. Mindfulness, however, has struck a chord with […]