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Addiction and Drunk Driving

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” Would that more people would heed these cheeky, wise words from Dean Martin! However, drunk driving remains a hugely dangerous problem in this country.

According to CDC statistics, impaired driving takes the lives of 28 people in...
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Anger

Addiction and Emotional Abuse

“The truth is that the few times he was physical with me were tiny blips on a long timeline of subtle manipulation, public humiliation, controlling behavior and gaslighting.” So writes Leigh Stein of her abusive boyfriend in her Washington Post essay, He Didn’t Hit Me. It Was Still Abuse.

Despite the deeply painful impact of emotional abuse, many people don’t grasp its significance. There are no bruises and broken bones, so does it really “count”?

Our answer: it certainly does. Emotional abuse is real, and...
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Why Families Are Still the Front Line of Defense in Opioid Addiction


In recent weeks the government has taken positive actions to combat the opioid epidemic. The President announced steps to prevent opioid addiction and also to appropriately treat the million Americans who already have opiate addiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new opioid prescribing guidelines based on studies showing opioid painkillers work best for relieving cancer-related pain and acute pain during the first few days after an...
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So, Your Partner is Hooked on Porn?

A few months ago, I posted a blog on another site about what it’s like to be a sex/porn addict. Some of the feedback I got was from women who were angry that I’d displayed empathy for sex/porn addicts (betrayers) while ignoring the pain experienced by them, the cheated-on, painfully betrayed partners. For purposes of that blog, those comments were on target; I was focused on addicts, not their betrayed partners. In real life and...
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Anger

Addiction and Verbal Abuse

“You’re stupid. You’re an idiot.”

“What’s wrong with you? You’re crazy!”

“You’re worthless, you’re nothing.”

“You should never have been born.”

“You don’t shape up, I’m gonna kill you.”

All of these words and phrases constitute verbal abuse. That’s why just seeing them on a computer screen can cause...
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Addiction and Abortion

It’s common knowledge that substance abuse can lead to serious birth defects or spontaneous pregnancy loss. Yet fewer people realize that abortion can be a catalyst for alcoholism or drug addiction.

Studies show a strong link between present addictions and past abortions. Elliot Institute researchers...
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Addiction and Sexual Abuse

“We walked into that police station holding the jagged shards of our story, of our childhood, and said, LOOK. THIS HAPPENED. And Officer Paul Smith bore witness. He wrote it down.”

So writes childhood sexual abuse survivor, blogger, speaker, and advocate Laura Parrott Perry in...
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Harvey Weinstein: Sex Addict? Sex Offender? Both?

Harvey Weinstein, recently accused by dozens of women of varying degrees of sexual misconduct, including rape, is seeking treatment for sexual addiction. And the public is up in arms about this, with a lot of people screaming that he should be in jail, not treatment.

Well, maybe he will end up in jail. But not until his behaviors are fully investigated, charges are filed, trials are held, and convictions are obtained. Until then, he’s free to...
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Notes on the ‘One Emotional Cause of Addiction’ Theory: Is Dr. Dodes Right?



I’ve been studying a provocative theory on the cause of addictive behavior. I am not endorsing this view, merely sharing.

Amid a mountain of theory and evidence for the ‘addiction as a brain disease’ model, one psychiatrist seems to have started a movement that speaks to the underlying emotions related to addiction.

This includes all addictive behaviors, including chronic abuse of alcohol, drugs, sex, spending, gambling, internet use, and so on.

The originator of this emotional theory...
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Family

My Mom is an Addict: A Guest Post by Anonymous

My mom is an addict.

If you saw my mom standing in line at the pharmacy, you wouldn’t take a second look. She is a 70-year-old woman with a scar on the back of her neck from one of her surgeries. If you look closer, she also has a scar on her knee and a scar on her shoulder from other surgeries. Unless she’s wearing a bikini, you wouldn’t see the scars on her stomach from...
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Adult Children of Alcoholics

You Don’t Outgrow the Effects of an Alcoholic Parent

Alcoholism has a lasting impact on children.
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Most of the adult children of alcoholics who I know underestimate the effects of being raised in an alcoholic family. Perhaps it's wishful thinking. Perhaps it’s denial. More likely it’s shame and simply not knowing that adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs), as a group, tend to struggle with a particular set of issues.

If you’re an adult child of...
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