For Mother’s Day, Consider This: Is Your Mother Driving You To Drink?

May 12th, 2017 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Addiction | Alcohol Addiction | Parenting | Relationships | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on For Mother’s Day, Consider This: Is Your Mother Driving You To Drink?)

All holidays are stressful. It’s either the good stress of trying to do all you have planned for those you love or the dread you feel about again being in certain family situations that you felt you “escaped” as an adult. Or maybe it’s a combination of the two. As complicated as family gatherings are, …
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How a Sober St. Patrick’s Day Can Be a Sexual Turn On

March 17th, 2017 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Addiction | Girly Thoughts | Relationships | Sexuality | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on How a Sober St. Patrick’s Day Can Be a Sexual Turn On)

Are you making BIG plans for St. Patrick’s Day? Consider making this St. Patrick’s Day a sober one—for your sake.   Pub Crawl, Anyone?   St. Patrick’s Day used to be a day for families to celebrate the best in Irish culture. This included everything from proudly marching in a local parade to the “wearing …
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Incorporating the Principles of 12 Step Recovery into Addiction-Focused Therapy: Step 1

February 9th, 2017 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Addiction | Alcohol Addiction | Drug Addiction | Prescription Drug Addiction - (Comments Off on Incorporating the Principles of 12 Step Recovery into Addiction-Focused Therapy: Step 1)

In a previous posting to this site I wrote about the basic ways in which addiction treatment specialists and other therapists can fold 12 step principals and themes into therapy. In that article I discussed the belief that clinicians treating addicts should generally steer their clients toward the external social support and guidance offered by …
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Preventing Relapse: Best Practices in Addiction Treatment

January 8th, 2017 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Addiction | Addiction & Recovery - (Comments Off on Preventing Relapse: Best Practices in Addiction Treatment)

Back in the 1990s, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) published a monograph intended for use by therapists dealing with alcohol dependent individuals. Essentially, the NIAAA recommended that clinicians steer their alcoholic clients into Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) while simultaneously incorporating the principles of AA’s twelve steps into therapy sessions. The NIAAA’s monograph …
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Holiday Sanity and Sobriety: Tips for Recovering Addicts

December 13th, 2016 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Addiction & Recovery | Alcohol Addiction - (Comments Off on Holiday Sanity and Sobriety: Tips for Recovering Addicts)

The holiday season is supposed to be overflowing with joy. Most people, however, find themselves dealing with stress and anxiety more than any of the happier emotions. For recovering addicts in particular, the holidays can be a difficult time of year, as all of the extra emotional discomfort can and often does trigger a desire …
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Which Client is Sexually Addicted?

December 6th, 2016 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Addiction | Sex Addiction - (Comments Off on Which Client is Sexually Addicted?)

In today’s world, all sorts of people are misdiagnosed, by self or others, as sexually addicted. This occurs for any number of reasons. Recognizing this, it is imperative that addiction therapists and other clinicians learn to differentiate between those who are and those who are not sexually addicted. Otherwise, we risk over-treating and/or mistreating clients—either …
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Identifying Common Behavioral Addictions

November 16th, 2016 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Addiction | Love Addiction | Sex Addiction | Shopping Addiction - (Comments Off on Identifying Common Behavioral Addictions)

I spend a lot of time and effort in this space describing sexual addiction—what it is, how it can be identified, and how it can best be treated. However, sex is not the only behavioral addiction. In fact, just as it is with pleasure-inducing substances, almost any pleasure-inducing behavior can be used in an addictive …
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Research Links Heavy Porn Use and Erectile Dysfunction

October 31st, 2016 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Sex Addiction - (Comments Off on Research Links Heavy Porn Use and Erectile Dysfunction)

Psychotherapists dealing with sexual issues, in particular sex and porn addiction, have stated for several years that one of the consequences porn abusing male clients are commonly reporting is sexual dysfunction—most often erectile dysfunction (ED) but also delayed ejaculation (DE) and sometimes even a complete inability to reach orgasm (anorgasmia). Interestingly, many such clients say …
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Technology and Sexual Addiction

September 27th, 2016 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Addiction | Sex Addiction - (Comments Off on Technology and Sexual Addiction)

In today’s world, pretty much everyone has a laptop, tablet, and/or smartphone. As such, pretty much everyone has 24/7 access to everything the internet and smartphone apps have to offer—including sex and romance. And because of this, sexual addiction is very much on the rise. For most people, of course, digital sexnology is not an …
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