There is a general agreement that certain effects of hypnosis exist. But there are differences of opinion within the research and clinical communities about whether or not hypnosis is as effective as other addiction treatment therapies – addiction treatments that have already been studied and proven effective. Can hypnotism be explained as a placebo effect or does evidence suggest that more research is required?
Hypnosis has been on the fringe of psychology and mental health treatment for centuries. Seen as a pseudo-science by the medical establishment, hypnosis has been gaining evidence-based ground recently. But can suggestions made during a hypnotic state really release old patterns of thinking? Can hypnosis transform our fears and break our addictive tendencies? Is hypnosis a verifiable science or an art?
The pressures of a global recession. The need to produce more for ego-satisfaction. Or simply the need to work as a distraction from inner pain. Call it what you will, work addiction is endemic to our society. So what are some tips for workaholics? How can we manage work addiction?
According to one report, 5 of 100 alcoholics are still sober one year after their first A.A. meeting. The most under reported lifestyle story might be that the majority of American alcoholics who make successful recoveries – 60% – do it outside of A.A. But with over 2 million + members, doesn’t A.A. have a good thing going? What do you think? Are these statistics bunk? Do they prove anything?
Social norms marketing is emerging as a major force in changing behaviors – including problem drinking – among certain populations. But just which populations might benefit from this prevention technique? And how do social norms campaigns work? We explore the “power of normal” in this enlightening new field of communications.
The holiday season bring us high or low. On either extreme, it’s a time of needed vigilance for addicts and alcoholics, a time when many relapses occur. So what can you do to buckle in and stay in the middle of your game? Here are some tips and suggestions for making it through December 25…and beyond. Other suggestions and experiences welcome.
Disapproval of steroid use in the media has been evident for years now. But latest data indicates that 1.5-2.5% of junior high and high school teenagers use steroids to improve athletic performance, muscle strength and physical appearance. And that’s only the teens that reported use. Can teens really get addicted to steroids? And who’s responsible for low self-esteem in a culture that always tells us that bigger is better?
If you look in the mirror, you deal with self-image. Here are some tips for teens (and adults!) for maintaining healthy self-image and self-esteem. Ten simple steps on how to begin thinking of yourself differently. Learn how to base your satisfaction with yourself less on outward appearance and more on internal goals.
Breaking any addiction is difficult. Participate in this dialogue about stopping drinking coffee. Is it easier said than done? Is coffee the final frontier? Or are the thoughts that drive the behavior even stronger? Read and add to the positive and negative side effects of coffee. Comments encouraged.
It seems that prevailing attitudes towards addicts are still fairly personal and judgmental. Results from a Lung Cancer Stigma Survey published in November 2008 indicate that fifty-nine (59) percent of the general population surveyed said they agreed that lung cancer patients are at least partly to blame for their diagnosis. What stigmas do you carry with you?