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 […]

Housing Stability’s Effect On Teen Substance Use

Housing Stability’s Effect On Teen Substance Use

Adolescent use of substances is referred to by experts as early initiation, which can lead to adult addiction and associated risks such as cancer and heart disease. Teen users are also more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, sometimes resulting in unplanned pregnancy or the contraction of a sexually transmitted disease. The stakes may […]

There’s An Upside To Teens And Texting

There’s An Upside To Teens And Texting

Real-Life Texting Scenes – Negative And Positive Party Scene The scene is a house party of 20-somethings. The mood is festive but low-key. People enter and exit rooms and settle on furniture and against window sills. The house is filled with people; it’s someone’s birthday. There’s a record playing on a turntable—an early 2000s Beck […]

What Can Thumb Sucking Teach Us About Addiction?

What Can Thumb Sucking Teach Us About Addiction?

It may appear a contradictory use of the word “addiction” at first, but thumb sucking can be thought of as the first addiction many people have. As Susan Heitler, Ph.D., argues in Psychology Today, there are many lessons we can learn about drug addiction if we accept this definition and examine how children learn to […]