Ethical Treatment? Never Heard of It.


Something isn’t quite right when your lab ‘fires’ you for bringing in too few urine tests.  Watching a loved one struggle with substance dependency is an emotionally devastating experience; those of us who have experienced active addiction firsthand know that there is little we wouldn’t do to help end their suffering. Because we are so […]

Men and Compulsive Overeating


Compulsive overeating is a huge problem amongst American adults, though it gets minor media coverage in comparison to most other serious, addictive disorders. Because of this, many individuals who face compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder (BED), face both misunderstanding and stigma. Despite widespread stigma, the Journal of American Medicine estimates that over one-third of […]

Am I Dating a Sex Addict?


My first introduction to sex addiction was watching Sam Rockwell in the on-screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke. Rockwell sits in a Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous group, surrounded by seedy-looking characters (and several beautiful women). He makes eyes with a particularly stunning woman, who later leads him into the bathroom. While they are having […]

Childhood Wounds and Adult Relationships


“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud Developing and maintaining healthy, functional adult relationships certainly takes a lot of work. Forging a long-term partnership with another human being is no small task – in doing so, we must learn to communicate, compromise, and set firm personal boundaries. We must learn to […]

The Simple Complexity of Marriage (And the Role of Childhood Trauma)


When we think of marriage, we think of a romantic union between two long-time lovers – two dedicated and established adults who are ready to commit to a lifetime of civil union. However, marriage did not always have very much to do with mutual ardor. Up until the eighteenth century, marriages were pre-arranged, pragmatic, and […]

Surviving the Holidays – Recovery Edition


The holiday season is finally upon us. As we plan the feast, deck the halls, and prepare to welcome in a new year, we may be overwhelmed by a flood of over-commitment, high expectations, and emotional exhaustion. The holidays can be a joyous time – a time spent vacationing from the stressors of day-to-day life […]