Is Binge Drinking Really a Big Deal? A Psychological Perspective

We all know binge drinking isn’t fantastic for physical health. It’s connected to all sorts of fun stuff, including a higher risk of brain damage than just chronic drinking.  But what about mental health? Is it really a big deal if you like to go on benders a few times a month? What is binge … [Read Entire Story]

‘Sex Addict’ and Need a Diagnosis? What to Expect Next

by Andrea Blundell Are your sexual thoughts and behaviours out of control? And you are wondering if you are a sex addict?  What is sex addiction? Sexual addiction is a term used to refer to thoughts and behaviours about sex that negatively affect your life and your ability to cope. But sexual addiction is not … [Read Entire Story]

When Do Bad Habits Become Addictions?

by Andrea Blundell Have a sneaky feeling that one of your bad habits might be getting out of control? It’s worth learning the difference between habit and addiction. But it’s not addictive Isn’t it? Just because your behaviour is not a typical addiction like alcohol, drugs, or gambling, or because everyone else around you uses … [Read Entire Story]

Is Addictive Personality Disorder the Real Problem?

Do you wish you had more control of your life and habits? But wonder if an addictive personality disorder is the problem? Editor and lead writer Andrea Blundell explores what an addictive personality is or isn’t, and what you can do next if there is a problem. What is addictive personality disorder? Addictive personality disorder … [Read Entire Story]

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Addiction – The Best Way Forward?

If your idea of treatment for addiction is based on recent television and movies (group therapy, recovery centres) you might already know about dual diagnosis treatment without realising it.   An approach to addiction that involves both dealing with your substance abuse and your mental health, dual diagnosis treatment is increasingly the preferred treatment. But this was not actually … [Read Entire Story]

Alcohol and Depression – Are You Drinking Yourself Sad?

The British public is hardly known for its restraint when it comes to alcohol – statistics show 9 out of 10 people in the UK are drinkers. According to the charity Alcohol Concern, the cost of all our drinking is a high one – the expenditure for the UK healthcare system is around £21 billion … [Read Entire Story]

The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction

Food addiction is real. Our body’s built-in reward system, driven by the chemical dopamine, tells us to do things that give us pleasure: Creative energy, falling in love, entrepreneurship-even the continued procreation of the human race-are driven by this system. Unfortunately, so is the urge to overeat. In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke uses [More About This Book]

From the First Bite: A Complete Guide to Recovery from Food Addiction

Renowned therapist, eating disorder specialist and recovering food addict Kay Sheppard helps countless individuals win their battles over food addiction-people for whom diets, pills and purging have become a way of life. In 1993, her groundbreaking book, Food Addiction: The Body Knows, explained the illness of food addiction from the physiological origins through recovery. Today, [More About This Book]

Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook

Can certain foods hijack the brain in ways similar to drugs and alcohol, and is this effect sufficiently strong to contribute to major diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and hence constitute a public health menace? Terms like “chocoholic” and “food addict” are part of popular lore, some popular diet books discuss the [More About This Book]

Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love

In this revised and updated version of Facing Love Addiction, bestselling author of Facing Codependence and internationally recognized dependence and addiction authority Pia Mellody unravels the intricate dynamics of unhealthy love relationships and shows us how to let go of toxic love. Through twelve-step work, exercises, and journal-keeping, Facing Love Addiction compassionately and realistically outlines [More About This Book]

Shades of Hope: How to Treat Your Addiction to Food

There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another with no understanding of the link between emotional eating (compulsive overeating) and not being able to keep off the weight. Author Tennie McCarty was herself an overeater, food addict, and bulimic. Tennie believes that food addiction is a physical and mental problem with a [More About This Book]

Successfully Overcoming Depression: A Case Study

When I look back at how my life used to be, it is almost impossible to believe the transformation. Overcoming depression has been a long process, but it’s been worth it, because today I live my life as the person I know I as meant to be. It’s a vast difference from the miserable alcoholic … [Read Entire Story]

Marijuana Paranoia – Oxford Researchers Prove Pot Bad For Your Mood

by Andrea Blundell Ask a marijuana user why they smoke (and there are many users indeed, with over 2.3 million Brits reporting themselves as using within the last year)  and they might claim marijuana makes them feel better or more relaxed. But is marijuana really a good option if a better mood is your goal? For those … [Read Entire Story]

Cognitive Enhancers – “Smart Drugs” or Plain Stupid?

The rise of “smart drugs” How many of us dream of an easy way to do better in life and work harder, faster, and longer? A lot, if the rise in use of unprescribed cognitive enhancer drugs is anything to go by. Commonly prescribed for ADHD, prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall are now being sourced and … [Read Entire Story]

Alcohol Dependency – 3 Ways to Manage Yours for Life

Carolyn Hughes never intended to have an alcohol dependency. Like many, she took her first drink as a teenager, but over a period of 20 years her occasional use turned to regular abuse and eventually she was completely alcohol dependent. Today she is no longer controlled by her alcoholism, but after 16 years of sobriety has learned … [Read Entire Story]

The Struggle Within

Live in the moment, not the past. Although your past may have been your detriment it has also been your teacher. It should not hang over your heads like an ominous cloud but as a reminder of who we are not today. We all come to those forks in the road when we’ve lived on addiction avenue. Be it alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, over eating etc., we are responsible for the decisions we make as they pertain … [Read Entire Story]

7 Tips to Stop Cravings Once and For All

Cravings tend to have a peak where they feel the strongest and then gradually diminish over time. Here are seven tips to help stop cravings in their tracks.All content on 7 Tips to Stop Cravings Once and For All belongs to Harley Therapy – Psychotherapy & Counselling Counselling Articles [Read Entire Story]

Drug Abuse In America – How does it effect our children?

DRUGS ABUSE. It sounds bad, doesn’t it? It is bad. It ruins people, it ruins lives, it kills. Did you know that drug abuse can start with children as young as those in elementary school grades? Sad to say it can. Today’s youth face many risks, including drug abuse, violence, and HIV/AIDS. Responding to these risks before they become problems can be difficult. But by seeing these problems early on and responding to them with care, proper help and understanding, we can do what is needed to help those heading down the destructive path that will only lead to worse outcomes. Drug abuse has serious consequences in our homes, schools, and communities. Researchers [like NIDA- National… [Read Entire Story]

Counselling for Recreational Drug Addiction: A Case Example

Drugs habits such as Cannabis, Cocaine, Mephedrone, Ketamine, MDMA can become addictions. Counselling for Recreational Drug Use Can Help. Here is a case example. All content on Counselling for Recreational Drug Addiction: A Case Example belongs to Harley Therapy – Psychotherapy & Counselling Counselling Articles [Read Entire Story]

Internet Addiction Disorder: How We Can Become Hooked in a Cyber World

Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) describes problems caused by excessive and inappropriate use of the internet or computer. Therapy can help.All content on Internet Addiction Disorder: How We Can Become Hooked in a Cyber World belongs to Harley Therapy – Psychotherapy & Counselling Counselling Articles [Read Entire Story]

Club Drugs: From Rave to Risk

Recreational or ‘Club Drugs’ are on the rise and associated with harms like bladder ulceration, psychosis, severe psychological and physiological dependence. All content on Club Drugs: From Rave to Risk belongs to Harley Therapy – Psychotherapy & Counselling Counselling Articles [Read Entire Story]

Beating Your Addiction – How Do You Make Changes for the Better?

These steps really work. If you’ve been to NA or AA meetings then you know the do’s & don’ts that are meant to help you stay clean & sober. Sure it takes commitment & hard work BUT you can be successful at depleting your addiction & staying clean. Plus the benefits of participating in these activities goes above & beyond just staying clean & sober. The health benefits both mentally & physically are phenomenal. Putting this into your daily lifestyle will make it become habit. A good habit too. As you progress with your routines if you start to feel like you’re getting bored with the samething day after day…well, change it up alittle. But … [Read Entire Story]

Way Beyond The Time For Change

What if you woke up one morning and realized you’re the dissappointment? So it’s 6:30am and time to wake up. For the longest time you can remember feeling like crap as soon as you became conscious. You would almost come to tears because you knew it was time to get up and face the day. (Same s**t, different day) was how you felt. Until of course you got your fix for the day. Once you started using you loved waking up… [Read Entire Story]

The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction

Food addiction is real. Our body’s built-in reward system, driven by the chemical dopamine, tells us to do things that give us pleasure: Creative energy, falling in love, entrepreneurship—even the continued procreation of the human race—are driven by this system. Unfortunately, so is the urge to overeat.In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke uses the [More About This Book]