Cell Phone Addiction

Dumbing Down with Smart Phones

Social media abounds with actors demonstrating rude behavior on dates and among family members due to cellphone addiction. Videos and photos depicting cellphone zombies falling into sewers, shafts and broken noses fill news sites and blogs. The situation of pedestrians so absorbed in the screens before them that they fail to notice their other physical […]

Overcome Addiction

Why People Consistently Fall Short of Overcoming Addiction

A years-ago television drama called ER showed its audience some of the ramifications of drug addiction, and confronting it. A hard-working, conscientious doctor became accidentally addicted to painkillers after he’d been viciously assaulted by a psychotic patient in a previous episode. You can experience the drama of the people who cared about his reputation and […]

Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid Epidemic Keeps Worsening

Several weeks ago, I addressed America’s opioid epidemic. Increasingly worrisome facts have been revealed since then: Nassau county administrators in New York are considering lawsuits against 19 pharmaceutical companies and five doctors for fueling opioid addiction. A New York doctor faces up to 20 years in prison after allegedly selling four (4!) million opioid pills to […]

Addictions

Is Therapy a Key Component in Treating Addiction?

Decades ago, addiction therapists began informing their clients of the need to end their “Stinking thinking.” A catch phrase for a negative thought pattern eventually used to rationalize counterproductive actions and mental activities. Identified by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, “Stinking thinking” keeps people addicted to dysfunctional behaviors, expectations and/or substances, sometimes all three. The imperative […]

Heroin

Help Me, Heroin Isn’t

“There is a heroin epidemic in America,” writes pediatrician Jarret Patton, MD. “Now is not the time to ignore the problem.” (KevinMD) The above statement was published as the Las Vegas, hoping to stem HIV and hepatitis, to get needle vending machines headline reached around the world. Mental and public health professionals plus the public would […]

Overcoming Addiction

Overcoming Addiction

Once an addiction is confronted and you have suffered up to your threshold of pain, you are now faced with the challenge to look the addiction in the face and overcome it to the best of your ability. Reaching full sobriety usually means you will have an overall better life, this includes: living in the […]