Is Excessive Tanning An Addiction?

Is Excessive Tanning An Addiction?

The definition of addiction has been considerably widened since it was first used, when it was considered specific to substances. New findings have suggested that behaviors such as (but not limited to) gambling, shopping, exercising and sex also hold the potential to be addictive, and this has been clarified by analyses of the neurological effects […]

The Business Of Addiction: Making Money From Illness

The Business Of Addiction: Making Money From Illness

As Financial Times writer Luke Johnson argues, for cynics, the perfect business is one that peddles a legal, high-profit, addictive substance. This blunt-edged realism provides a window into corporate greed that is all too rarely appreciated, and raises important questions about the industries that thrive on our chemical dependencies. While the criticism that selling addictive […]

New Data Show Spike In Smokeless Tobacco Use

New Data Show Spike In Smokeless Tobacco Use

Smokeless tobacco is the collective term for tobacco products that don’t require burning in order to deliver the addictive substance nicotine to the bloodstream and brain. While cigarette use in the U.S. has dropped fairly steadily for more than a decade, use of smokeless products has increased. In two studies published in March 2014 in […]

4 Hidden Costs Of Social Media Addiction

4 Hidden Costs Of Social Media Addiction

Social media sites are supposed to make our lives better. They allow us to reconnect with old friends, stay in touch with people who are far away, share our passions with each other, and collect useful online resources in one place. Although they have barely been around for a decade, social media sites have come […]

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 […]

Taming The Inner Workaholic – Battling Work Addiction

Taming The Inner Workaholic – Battling Work Addiction

By Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Although there is no corresponding DSM V diagnosis, workaholism is every bit as much of a psychological disorder as other addictions, carrying with it distorted thinking, denial and justification, as well as eventual decline of the body, mind and spirit. It is also a socially acceptable condition and in some […]