Spring Break: Drinking, Sex And A Budding Addiction

Spring Break: Drinking, Sex And A Budding Addiction

When we think of alcoholism and compulsive sex, adults usually come to mind––individuals old enough to have wrestled personal demons and given up the battle to less pain-inducing pursuits like alcohol, drugs and compulsive or impulsive sex. The irony, of course, is that addictive behaviors are never pain-free for long; the inner demons have simply […]

How Common Is Doctor Shopping?

How Common Is Doctor Shopping?

Doctor shopping is mentioned nearly every time the subject of prescription drug abuse is brought up, but how pervasive is this practice? The first national study utilizing sales record of prescription opioids attempted to come up with an answer. The study by researchers Douglas McDonald and Kenneth Carlson of Abt Associates examined 2008 precriptions for […]

Gambling Away The Retirement Years

Gambling Away The Retirement Years

First came state lotteries. Then Indian casinos. Now it’s Internet gaming. There are more venues than ever for gambling. For some it’s nothing more than a harmless day’s entertainment. For others it’s a high-risk situation where an entire future can be lost in a single day. This is especially true for senior citizens. Gambling – […]

Is Tech Addiction Changing Your Brain?

Is Tech Addiction Changing Your Brain?

It’s 6:30 a.m. and the bass line underlying Jay Z is suddenly blaring, rather than booming; it sounds more tinny than thudding. It’s the sound of a ringtone that has been turned into an alarm. Gavin clicks snooze twice until he agrees with the morning that it’s time to be up. Disconnecting the charger, he […]