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Addiction = Drugs or Alcohol or Behaviors?

A Basic Understanding of Addiction

Almost everyone is familiar with and understands to some degree what addiction is in terms of substance abuse (things like alcohol, nicotine, illicit drugs, and prescription medications). Frankly, most of us have by now encountered at least one or two alcoholics or drug addicts in school or at work, in our personal lives, or at least in the media. These individuals are people driven...
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Understanding “Triggers” for Addiction

Addiction Rewires the Brain

One of the questions most commonly asked by addicts and their families is: Why is it so darn hard to stay sober? To understand the answer to this question, it helps to have a basic understanding of how addiction rewires to the human brain. For simplicity’s sake I’ll use drug addiction as the basis of this discussion, but the same rewiring occurs with all forms of addiction, including behavioral...
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Pants Down in the Workplace

Darn those

Robert, a 35-year-old married father of two kids, first phoned me in a panic. He told me he’d been called into his supervisor’s office, along with his firm’s head of human resources, to discuss his “inappropriate use” of a company-owned laptop and smartphone. Both devices had gone in for routine maintenance, with the department checking for viruses, worms, and the like, and as that work was being...
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Hypersexual Disorders

What Sexual Addiction is NOT…

As an addiction and sexual disorders specialist, I often write about sexual addiction. As most readers are “psychologically minded” in venues like this one, I typically assume that you already understand what that term means and does not mean. Nevertheless, it seems like a good idea to at least occasionally state what sexual addiction - aka, sexual compulsion, hypersexuality, hypersexual disorder, etc. - means to those of us who treat it....
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