Tip of the Iceberg

THE SOBERING REALITY OF AMERICAN ADDICTION AND RECOVERY Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to help raise awareness. And it’s with good reason, because the numbers are staggering. But even more alarming than the data about addiction and recovery in America is the hidden potential for…

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Addiction and Mental Health

Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. In many instances, those suffering from untreated mental disorders will turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medication. Additionally, the continuous use of chemical substances has been known to lead to a decline in mental health, sometimes resulting in irreversible mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety,…

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Alcoholism and Men

Am I Struggling with an Alcohol Abuse Disorder or Alcohol Addiction?   Since alcohol was first brought to the United States, it has become a major facet of American culture and society. While alcoholism has been a part of American history for just as long as the fermentation process, the disease model was not widely…

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Can Men Be Love Addicted?

When we talk about love addiction and love avoidance, we may be inclined to assume that the female is the addict and the male is the avoidant. And, truth be told, this is usually the case. Love addicts and love avoidance share the same underlying fear – the fear of being abandoned. However, in the…

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Men and Porn Addiction

The American pornography industry first started gaining momentum in the 1960s, and has become increasingly widespread and lucrative ever since. With the invention of the internet, pornography became available in a way it never had been. Currently, porn-related websites generate more online traffic than any other type of existing site, and the porn industry as…

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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…

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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…