At least a few (usually more) times a year we hear about a star entering/leaving rehab, getting in trouble with the law or sadly dying from the disease of addiction. But could one of the major addictions in Hollywood be non-substance related?
There is a difference between being loyal and supportive, rather than condoning your partner's problem and allowing it to continue. Choosing to stay and attempting to help the person you love does not mean you have to be unlimitedly tolerant of what is going on.
The sun may never set on Farmville, but hopefully a generation of people will be able to look back and say, I have not wasted my life and alienated those around me by buying fake cows and harvesting fake crops for hours on end under the guise of improving my social connections.
Hi, my name is Kelley, and I'm a social media addict. Have you ever felt this way? Unplugging wasn't easy at first, but these five tips helped me get there.
When I was a child, my father once yelled at me, "Grow up and be a man!" That statement echoed in my head all throughout my life. Be a man! But what is a man? If I liked football more, would I then be a man? What is masculinity?
In the beginning, before there were words for my father's story, there were photos. Faded, gray and ivory photos my ill father held in his shaky hands as he was dying, and that I'd found stuffed in a shoebox.
As a sexual addiction and intimacy disorders specialist, I am often asked about the frequency of sex. Couples want to know what is "healthy." Usually, they're afraid they're either having way too much sex or not nearly enough.
I announced that I finally understood what everyone had been saying about how alcohol was a clear gateway to drugs, a fact I'd never known before because I'd always done drugs all the time -- without ever needing alcohol to ease the transition or give me the idea.
Adversity does not discriminate. It does not care about your race, religion, sexual orientation or net worth. It can happen to anyone at any time. No one is protected and no one is exempt.
On my first Buddhist meditation retreat over Thanksgiving weekend, 1980, the teacher, a Buddhist monk, took away our car keys, watches, and jewelry at the beginning of the retreat. The idea was to keep us from running away, stop us from thinking about time, and make us let go of physical adornment.
Take Madonna's Kabbalah study. Most folks see the pop icon's immersion in this obscure wing of Jewish mysticism as another narcissistic celebrity accoutrement, like Paris Hilton's dog or Angelina Jolie's children. But hold up: Could this judgement stem from our own spiritual insecurity?
I understand the chaos that used to be in my life, and believe me, I understand where it has taken me. I don't know how I am here -- it's a miracle.
If we addicts want to make real changes for ourselves -- socially, politically -- we must stop participating in our own degradation. Painting ourselves as uncanny abominations who see things that normal people cannot see -- all of this simply plays into the ongoing marginalization of addicts and drug users everywhere.
Adderall is a clever brand and a deceptive brand. In America, amphetamine has traditionally been associated with tweakers, speed freaks, bikers, truckers and all-night sex orgies. Adderall changed all that.
I stood before an eclectic gathering of dinner guests, questions unanswered. This much they knew: the ambiance was festive, the barbecue fare tasted scrumptious, the Chardonnay continued to pour, and plentiful desserts awaited. But nobody could answer two lingering questions: Why this party theme? Why now?
I guess the great irony about these amazing tools is that they help us stay connected to everything but the moment. My name is Daniel, I am an addict.