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Where Do Partners of Sex Addicts Turn for Help?

People affected by sex addiction frequently engage in sex-related thoughts, fantasies and/or actions that can significantly degrade the quality of their relationships, including the relationships they maintain with their spouses and intimate partners. In turn, the spouses and intimate partners of sex-addicted individuals may feel a pressing need to seek help in dealing with their […]

Mindfulness Can Help Treat Sex Addiction

Mindfulness is the widely accepted term for a meditative practice designed to increase moment-to-moment awareness and thereby generate an increased sense of well-being. Numerous studies support the usefulness of this approach in a range of contexts related to both physical and mental health. In a study published in 2014 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, […]

Quitting Smoking Boon to People in Alcohol Treatment

Many alcohol treatment programs avoid addressing smoking-related issues for fear of interrupting their primary treatment goals. But in a study published in September 2014 in the journal Psychological Medicine, researchers from three American universities looked at the impact that smoking cessation has on the course of alcohol treatment and found that smoking cessation can cut […]

Low Levels of Spirituality Can Predict Sex Addiction, Study Finds

People affected by sex addiction (also known as hypersexuality or compulsive sexual behavior) have a significantly dysfunctional relationship to sexual activity. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, researchers from the University of North Texas assessed the role that spirituality and religiosity play in the likelihood that young adults […]

Awake and Addicted: Insomnia Impedes Recovery

Insomnia is a persistent problem for many people in recovery from addiction and may lead to an increased risk of relapse, a new study by researchers from Stanford University and the University of San Francisco finds.

How and Why Addicts Should Forgive Themselves

Forgiveness is consciously releasing feelings of anger or resentment toward someone who has harmed you. It means to stop blaming someone else for things that have happened to you. It means to cancel a debt and give up all claim for reimbursement, to stop looking for apologies or amends from the other person. As part […]

Drug Combo ‘Gumbo’ Wreaks Havoc in Southeast Texas

Southeast Texas is in the midst of a gumbo epidemic, and it isn’t the Creole classic you may be thinking of. The “gumbo” causing problems is a combination of drugs: usually marijuana mixed with ecstasy, cocaine and PCP (phencyclidine), with some even adding synthetic marijuana into the mix. Although the drug is causing problems in […]

Veterans and Addiction – A Forgotten Consequence of War

As Veterans Day rolls around, we all take a moment to pay our respects to those who’ve fought for our freedom in both historical and current conflicts, but it’s easy to forget that veterans can’t leave the horrors of war on the battlefield. Drugs have been a part of war for centuries, and although in […]

Horses Helping Addicts Heal

The therapeutic benefit of being around animals has long been known to anyone who has cared for and loved a pet. Whether that animal is a dog or a cat, or even a horse, the unconditional love and the selflessness they exhibit can be immensely healing. For drug addicts, the presence of animals during therapy […]

Substance Abuse, Psychosis Affect Men and Women Differently

Significant numbers of the people in the U.S. dealing with serious substance-related issues also have symptoms of a highly destabilizing mental state called psychosis. Some affected individuals meet the basic criteria used to identify a substance- and mental health-related condition called dual diagnosis. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Dual […]