Is There Help For Shopping Addiction?

Is There Help For Shopping Addiction?

Shopping addiction is a form of non-substance-based behavioral addiction centered on dysfunctional, damaging participation in shopping activities. There is no official definition for this condition in the U.S., although the American Psychiatric Association once recognized a similar condition called compulsive buying disorder. In a study published in June 2014 in the Journal of Groups in […]

What Triggers Eating Disorders?

What Triggers Eating Disorders?

Out of every 200 women between 15 and 24 suffers from anorexia, and one in 50 is bulimic. As many as 50 percent of American college women say they have binged and purged. Sometimes it’s a snowball effect of several problems, including mental illness, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and depression alongside the eating disorder. While […]

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 […]

Book Review: The Recovering Body – Physical And Spiritual Fitness For Living Clean And Sober

Book Review: The Recovering Body – Physical And Spiritual Fitness For Living Clean And Sober

By Jennifer Matesa Addiction punishes more than our minds, relationships and emotions, it trashes the house we live in – our bodies. Yet the physical is an often forgotten component of the recovery process. In “The Recovering Body,” author Jennifer Matesa makes the case for bringing physical activity and a healthy lifestyle into the equation. […]

Is it Easier To Get Clean Or Stay Clean?

Is it Easier To Get Clean Or Stay Clean?

By Edie Weinstein After polling dozens of clients, I’ve discovered there is no definitive answer to this question. It depends who you ask. However, one thing is certain: neither getting clean nor staying clean is easy, and each requires an investment of time, energy and intention. Here are the stories of three courageous souls who […]

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 […]