Tag Archives: Mental Health

Inside The Addict’s Brain

Inside the Addict’s Brain

A Candid Look At The Brainon Drugs Many details have recently been worked out describing events in any brain exposed to the most common addictive drugs: heroin, morphine, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and alcohol (all depressants that slow down processes in the brain and central nervous system); and cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, and marijuana (all stimulants that generally excite them). As the target organ[…]

Back From The Drink

Back From the Drink

Treatments For Alcoholism That Work. The new approach to alcoholism puts practicality before ideology. What works? Keeping motivation high, for starters. And it’s not even necessary to admit you are an alcoholic to curb drinking. Each year it kills 40,000 Americans. It can damage and destroy every organ in the body, scarring and pocking the[…]

The Road to Happiness

Road to Happiness

Five Questions For Four Happiness Researchers Happiness, ventured William James, the noted 19th-century philosopher/psychologist, is reflected in the ratio of one’s accomplishments to one’s aspirations. This suggests, of course, that when it comes to feeling happy in our lives, we can choose one of two paths: continually add to our list of accomplishments–or lower our[…]

What Makes Marriage Work?

What Makes Marriage Work

It’s How You Resolve Conflict That Matters Most Research indicates you can get mad as hell or avoid conflict altogether. But the positivity must outweigh the negativity by five to one. If you are worried about the future of your marriage or relationship, you have plenty of company. There’s no denying that this is a frightening time[…]

Violence Has a Home Address

Violence Has a Home Address

How Parents Can Stop Violencebefore It Starts What are the roots of violence? A troubled mind? The mean streets of the inner city? No, says a major report by the American Psychological Association, they are in the home. And there are things parents can do to stop violence before it starts. The greatest single predictor[…]

What We Drink & How We Think

What We Drink and How We Think

What We Drink and How We Think: This looks at a study suggesting that drug use may cause aggression. Researcher Brad Bushman; Effect of central nervous systems (CNS) depressants such as alcohol and barbiturates; Effects of CNS stimulants, opiates, and marijuana. “O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away[…]

When Technology Addiction Takes Over Your Life

When Technology Addiction Takes Over Your Life

Are you a tangled mess of BlackBerrys, emails, PDAs, iPhones, laptops, and cell phones? Here’s how to untangle your life and find a healthy balance. Jenn Hoffman, the Phoenix-based CEO of The J Brand Group, should have been enjoying a relaxing vacation on the Cote d’Azur. Sipping champagne and nibbling on cheese at the posh[…]

Dopamine: Why It’s So Hard to “Just Say No”

Dopamine Why It’s So Hard to “Just Say No”

Recovering From Addiction is About Healing Mind, Body & Life “Why doesn’t s/he just stop when s/he knows how much it’s hurting me?” This is one of the most common questions asked by those who love someone addicted to substances and/or harmful behaviors. It might be helpful for those loved ones to know that stopping isn’t simply[…]

Overcoming Addiction

Overcoming Addiction

A daring approach to therapy puts substance abusers where they belong—among family and friends. Knowing the effect they have on their loved ones motivates many addicts to live a substance-free life. I was contacted by Paul, a physician practicing at a local hospital. He was concerned that Nancy, whom he hoped to marry, was an[…]

Why Early Intervention Matters

Why Early Intervention Matters

Can Screening For Mental Illness Help Prevent Substance Use Disorders For Some? Mental and substance use disorders are common in the United States, affecting millions each year. In some cases, substance and alcohol abuse occur along with a mental illness. While these illnesses are serious and often recurring, they are treatable. Prevention programs, early intervention, and screenings are[…]