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150 Top 10 negative effects of video games on children

Top 10 negative effects of video games on children

February 21st, 2009

Excessive television viewing and computer game playing have been associated with many symptoms in recent years. We examine the most common negative outcomes of video games that have been studied. Read on to learn the possible negative effects video games can have on children.

11 Signs of internet addiction disorder

Signs of internet addiction disorder

February 16th, 2009

How do you know know if you or a loved one is an internet addict? Probably NOT by physical signs typical of other chemical addictions. We'll outline some of the common signs and symptoms of internet addiction in this short review of IAD, or internet addiction disorder.

25 Top 10 clincial trials for gambling addictions

Top 10 clincial trials for gambling addictions

February 12th, 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services keeps a running database of clinical trials. So we've isolated the most current clinical trials currently recruiting to treat gambling addiction. If you're ready to be a guinea pig, check out the clinicaltrials.gov site for more great information on new therapies for addiction treatment.

4 What can you do if an online gambling site is a fraud?

What can you do if an online gambling site is a fraud?

February 10th, 2009

In this quick snippet, we review four simple steps that you can take to report online gambling hoaxes. Keep in mind that online gambling is still illegal in all 50 states and that the regulatory environment for internet gambling sites is like the Wild, Wild West. It's best to avoid games of chance.

2 INTERVIEW with internet addiction expert

INTERVIEW with internet addiction expert

February 6th, 2009

We talk with Dr. Kimberly Young of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery about the state of internet addictions. She helps us define internet addiction and identify problem behaviors. Dr. Young also outlines treatment and recovery options. Learn more about the fastest growing trends in online addiction here.

8 Wellsphere scandal & blog network scam- Request a GOOGLE PENALTY

Wellsphere scandal & blog network scam- Request a GOOGLE PENALTY

February 1st, 2009

I joined Wellsphere a few months ago to increase readership for this blog. I've just found out that this blog (and 1800 others) are pulled into Wellsphere via RSS feed. Once my writing is published on their site, its their property (in the fine print of the terms of use). I propose that we petition Google to request that Wellsphere be penalized in search engine results. This practice is unethical. Google penalties can defeat their immoral business strategy.

23 How to identify prescription drug addiction

How to identify prescription drug addiction

January 22nd, 2009

Addiction to prescription drugs is not new. But these days, given the range of mental health and emotional or behavioral diagnoses doled out to anyone and everyone, we are becoming a pill-happy culture. Abuse of doctor authorized medications is on the rise. What are the signs that a loved one is using scripts to cope with life? And how can you know the difference between proper and misuse of prescription drugs?

7 Top 10 official addictions to illicit drugs in America

Top 10 official addictions to illicit drugs in America

January 15th, 2009

Every year SAMHSA , the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reports on the official trends in addiction, tallying up the numbers of addicts and their addictions. Most reports are published a couple of years later...so we look at figures from 2006. What do you think? Do the official numbers match the America that you experience? Are the Top 10 addictions close to reality or way off base? And guess who's NUMBER 1...

2 Top 10 cigarette ads and advertisements from the 1950’s

Top 10 cigarette ads and advertisements from the 1950’s

January 7th, 2009

Youth. Happiness. Wealth. In each of these classic magazine images from the 50’s, we see life as it was idealized back then. But don’t you find it strange that the young chick ends up with a man her father’s age? And that health was a part of smoking? Something was seriously off in the 50’s. What else can you read into these illustrated fantasies?

Top 10 classic 12 Step recovery slogans for t-shirts

Top 10 classic 12 Step recovery slogans for t-shirts

December 27th, 2008

12 Step sayings are a great way to express yourself and carry the message at the same time. These ten (10) recovery slogans have been hand-picked to represent classic sayings that you've probably heard expressed at 12-step program meetings. If you have more ideas, please send them in! Keep an eye out for the next slogan series on irreverent recovery slogans.

15 INTERVIEWS with addiction and drug rehab centers: The Way Station

INTERVIEWS with addiction and drug rehab centers: The Way Station

December 17th, 2008

Continuing our new interview series, we talk to Brian Dooley of the Way Station in Orange County, CA a treatment center that uses neurofeedback to treat brain conditions including autism, ADD, ADHD, addiction, anxiety and depression. I was attracted by the treatment center's pioneering use of biofeedback for addiction treatment, as the modality sits on the fringe of mainstream medical practice. We talk with Brian about their outpatient philosophy and the best practices Way Station uses today.

16Top 10 hangover cures and tips for hangovers

Top 10 hangover cures and tips for hangovers

February 14th, 2009

What happens in the body when you drink too much alcohol? 75% of the population can tell you. Learn about the physiology of over-consumption...and check out a short list of possible aids for hangovers. This is a special post for St. Trifon, the saint of grapes where I live. Everyone gets drunk today.

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Cleansing the body of toxins via heat for alcohol and drug detox

January 27th, 2009

The combined effects of heating the body and eliminating toxins through the skin rejuvenates the body. But what happens exactly during an intense sweat ritual? And should a recovering alcoholic or addict attempt a heat cleanse in early recovery? How can regular doses of heat help addicts in everyday life?

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11Should alcohol manufacturers be held responsible for alcoholism?

Should alcohol manufacturers be held responsible for alcoholism?

January 9th, 2009

Alcoholic energy drinks in the U.S. are virtually off the market, thanks partly to legal cases against manufacturers. Alcoholic energy drinks like "Sparks" came under considerable criticism from state attorney generals and consumer groups alike. So if the manufacturers of alcohol are so dedicated to the cause of alcohol responsibility, why aren't corporations creating funds to support recovery? Come consider this and other questions about social culpability.

7Parents. The Anti Drug Prevention program advocates espionage?

Parents. The Anti Drug Prevention program advocates espionage?

December 20th, 2008

The White House urges parents to break into their kids' emails, instant messages and MySpace accounts - but are these common drug prevention practices? If my parents had secretly installed cookies, traced my phone calls and looked at my SMS phone messages I would have lost major respect. Is "The Anti-Drug" campaign off-track? Or is monitoring adolescent communication the new best thing for preventing drug and alcohol use?

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