December 6, 2019

When Behaviors Become Addictions

by Vonda Schaefer, MFT, NNTS, Alliance Member

Behavior Addictions - Is shopping, gaming, over-exercising, bulimia, gambling, gaming, or porn a problem?

A colleague referred “Jim” to me because the couples' work he was doing with Jim and his wife was at a standstill.  The therapist felt he had reached an impasse with the coupl...

December 5, 2019

Joan Mathews-Larson, PhD, one of the most important people in the world of addiction treatment, passed away on Tuesday. Joan was my mentor, inspiration, and a co-founder of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions which is the focus of my professional life right now. Her memory is a blessing to everyone on this planet struggling with any craving uncontrolled...

September 13, 2017

Cocaine is extracted from coca leaves, and was used initially as a painkiller. In fact, in the late 1880s it was dentistry’s first injectable anesthetic and is still considered useful for nasal surgery. However, dentists and patients alike quickly discovered the drug’s ease of addiction. This inspired the development of alternative anesthetics without add...

September 13, 2017

Initially my drug of choice was alcohol, and I drank alcoholically from the start at age 18.  After 12 years of constant trouble, numerous attempts to quit or control my drinking, and all the social and legal problems that go with active alcoholism, I finally did quit drinking on my own, without a recovery program.  I stayed “dry” for nine years. Then I w...

September 13, 2017

A 64-year-old woman came to see me with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and out-of-control diabetes and kidney disease. She complained of feeling depressed, anxious, and was unable to sleep. She told me she was a compulsive over-eater. Her drug of choice was potato chips, and a close second was vanilla ice cream. She had been eating lots of both for 30...

September 13, 2017

Americans suffering from food-addiction compose over 50 percent of the adult population. That percentage is even higher among recovering addicts who so often began treatment and drop their drugs or alcohol, but pick up or increase their use of sugar, starch, and other drug-like junk foods, typically gaining 30 pounds in 30 days. This was the expected norm...

September 13, 2017

An epidemic of death by overdose of synthetic prescription painkillers and street heroin has stricken America over the past few years. Why? Not everyone who takes a painkilling drug becomes an addict. However, for most of those who are becoming addicted, withdrawal from these drugs, though relatively brief, is intolerable both physically and emotionally....

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