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Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence

Saturday May 31, 2014

While most drinkers and drug users are not violent, alcohol and substance use does increase the risk of intimate partner violence, particularly during intoxication.

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I Need Help -- My Husband Hits Me When He's Drunk

Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus Creates Stereotypes

Monday April 7, 2014

Film presents an unrivaled opportunity to portray the inner visual experience of a drug trip, as well as to explore the complex issues that underlie a person's choice to use drugs. Although focused on the topic of mescaline use, Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus missed both opportunities, instead creating a cluster of superficial stereotypes that could worsen stigma about drug users.

So many other movies have done a better job.  More entertaining, more informative, more accurate.  Here are a few examples of older but better movies about drugs:

Five Acid Movies

Five Ecstasy Movies

Five Cocaine Movies

Five Heroin Movies

Sex Addiction 101

Saturday March 29, 2014

Whether you are some struggling with sex addiction, love addiction, or a compulsive sexual behavior, the partner or loved one of someone with a sex or love addiction, or someone who cares, it is important to know the basics about sex addiction. Sex Addiction 101 will give you a background on sex and love addictions.

With links to more information on sex addiction, such as cybersex, you can increase your general knowledge about these stigmatized conditions.

You'll also find information on appropriate steps to receiving treatment.

Drugs 101

Sunday February 23, 2014

Whether you are a drug user, the relative of someone who uses drugs, or someone who cares, it is important to know the basics about drugs. Drugs 101 will give you a background on drugs, their legal status, and an overview of the most popular classes of drug.

With links to more information on illicit drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana, LSD, crysal meth, heroin, methadone, you can increase your general knowledge across the range of drugs, or dig deeper to find out more about a particular drug of interest.

You'll also find information on drug treatment programs.

New Year Resolutions for the Addicted and Almost Addicted

Saturday January 18, 2014

New Year Resolutions are one of the most commonly used strategies for people who have an addiction, or are almost addicted, to change their habits and addictive behaviors. Read More...

Evidence-Based Therapies to Treat Addiction

Tuesday December 3, 2013

People who have addictions often think about getting help, but rarely know how substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are treated. Here are some of the most effective treatments:

Substance or Medication Induced Disorders

Saturday November 30, 2013

Did you know that substance use, and even prescribed medications, can actually cause mental and physical health problems? Here are some of the disorders recognized in the DSM-5 as being caused by drugs:

Marijuana Can Make You Feel Worse

Monday October 28, 2013

Many people who use cannabis do so to help them to relax. Read More...

Gambling Disorder Finally Recognized as an Addiction in DSM-5

Sunday September 29, 2013

Gambling Disorder, often referred to as gambling addiction, problem gambling, compulsive gambling, or pathological gambling, has finally made it to the category of addictions in the DSM-5.

Food Addiction Finally Recognized in DSM-5

Monday September 16, 2013

Food addiction has long been understood to follow a similar pattern as addiction to alcohol or drugs. But only this year has it finally been recognized in the DSM-5, the gold standard diagnostic tool for psychiatrists and psychologists. The Diagnosis? Binge Eating Disorder. Read More...

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