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Since the tragic December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School through October 2017, about 1,518 mass shootings have occurred in the U.S., resulting in at least 1,715 deaths and 6,089 people wounded. As of early November, 53,036 gun violence incidents in 2017 caused 13,324 deaths and 27,249 injuries. These statistics include victims of the […]

Sex addiction treatment has become big a topic for public discussion due to many recent sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men. But it’s a term that is sometimes misunderstood or misused. Media reports that portray recovery as a summer camp for privileged men does not accurately reflect what typically happens in rehab.

By Tommy Williams, LADAC, ASAT-C, Primary Therapist, Men’s Sexual Addiction Program, The Ranch So many spouses of addicts and alcoholics go through a torturous period of sensing something is off, or wrong, but not being able or willing to believe it. For the spouses of sex addicts, the feeling can be so difficult to bear […]

By Brian Fuller, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Tennessee With the opioid crisis claiming thousands of lives every year, public officials and health care agencies are scrambling to find solutions to an epidemic that sees no end in sight.

By Deborah V. Gross, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Mississippi “This is ridiculous. It’s not a problem. I only purge when I get really stressed. I have to have something….” That was Belinda on her first visit to my office. When she passed out at her best friend’s wedding from dehydration due to laxative abuse, […]

Humans are not designed to live alone. From the earliest of times, they banded together in tribes and groups for mutual support, sustenance and community. Modern life and technology have led to an epidemic of isolation. This is especially a challenge for people with addiction and/or mental illness, who can quickly spiral into their illness […]

By Sara Schapmann Opioid abuse claims thousands of lives every year, but some people do manage to escape its crushing grip. Emily M.’s story is one of hope in the seemingly hopeless world of heroin addiction. With an excruciating amount of hard work, the help of specialized heroin abuse treatment, and a loving family that […]

Men are not the only ones with intimacy disorders. Women also have issues with love and sex. While much research and attention has gone to studying men and pornography, women’s porn addiction is a trend that cannot be ignored.

By Deborah V. Gross, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Mississippi What we experience early in life can influence our future responses. A psychologically traumatic event from your past may impact how you think, feel and behave today. That’s how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops. While addiction is an illness of the brain, PTSD is more […]

Do you need a little extra motivation to begin your recovery journey? Even if you feel healthy now, soon the effects of alcohol abuse on your body will be impossible to ignore. Here are just some of the health risks caused by alcoholism.