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 […]

What Does An Eating Disorder Look Like?

What Does An Eating Disorder Look Like?

Eating disorders are a form of mental illness that seriously affects a person’s relationship with food and their daily eating patterns. A person with an eating disorder (ED) may consume very little (restriction) or they may eat large amounts (binging). Most often these disorders start during the tempestuous adolescent years, but they can start later […]

Codependency And Relationships In Addiction

Codependency And Relationships In Addiction

It was alcoholism that first led to the coining of the psychological term “codependency.” Now experts know that codependent personality disorder is a real mental health issue and one that can apply to people without addictions or with no experience with addictive disorders. In many cases, however, codependency occurs in relationships in which one person […]

What’s The Matter Here?

What’s The Matter Here?

By Edie Weinstein In the United States, child abuse exists in epidemic proportions. In 2011, 676,569 children were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines child abuse as actions or words that cause harm or threat of harm, and child neglect as the failure to provide […]

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 […]

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. About 7 percent of U.S. adults experience depression each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). For those with a substance use disorder, the risk is even higher. People with drug abuse or dependence are about twice […]

How Are Codependency And Addiction Connected?

How Are Codependency And Addiction Connected?

The term codependency is one with a meaning that is debatable in psychology. Official guides, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, do not recognize codependent personality disorder as a true psychological disorder, but in many practical ways it does exist. The problem is that so many of us display characteristics of codependency that we […]

Does High-Impulsivity Help Trigger Food Addiction?

Does High-Impulsivity Help Trigger Food Addiction?

Addiction specialists and researchers know that people affected by symptoms of food addiction have an unusually strong tendency toward impulsive behavior, or impulsivity. However, less is known about whether increased impulsivity helps trigger food addiction or only starts to appear after such an addiction begins to take its toll. In a study published in April […]