Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy Right for You?
This alternative method proves successful when treating co-occurring disorders.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was developed in the 1970s by Dr. Marsha Linehan, a renowned psychologist at the University of Washington. After experiencing a sense of disappointment from traditional methods of therapy, she developed DBT and later contoured the program to fit an addiction model. With most modern rehab centers accepting and embracing alternative treatment [...]

Pakistan Drug ‘Clinic’ Accused of Torturing Patients
Many patients “developed mental issues” from the trauma they experienced.

While many drug rehab centers are known for giving patients a dose of tough love, one clinic in Pakistan took this to disturbing new levels by subjecting addicts to starvation and regular beatings. The clinic, located in the city of Haripur, was raided and shut down by police two weeks ago. It was run by [...]

Kids are Using Kratom to Get High and… Detox?
Kratom is said to fool the brain by mimicking the effects of more potent opiates.

Over the last several years, kratom has become extremely popular in alternative drug culture. The kratom plant grows in Southeast Asia and is said to mimic the effects of opioid drugs. A quick Internet search for this plant turns up hundreds of retailers, most of which are set up by foreign vendors. While the product [...]

Does Hillary Clinton Blame Bill’s Mom for His Infidelity?
The people that cause terror in childhood can cause attraction in adulthood.

A pending book about Hillary Clinton includes quotes she made 15 years ago which chalked husband Bill Clinton’s infidelity up to childhood abuse. The remarks came during a 1999 interview with Pulitzer-prize winning writer Lucinda Franks, who declined to use them for an article she was working on at the time because of the storm [...]

Gambling Addiction Turns to Tragedy in New HBO Doc
Parents return home after a 12-hour gambling session to find a horrific surprise.

An addiction to gambling drives people to continually gamble, despite the harmful or negative consequences that follow. Severe gambling is often diagnosed as “pathological gambling.” This form of gambling addiction is associated with serious fallout in most aspects of life. The condition is an impulse control disorder, with addicts exhibiting many similarities to people with [...]

A Rare Gene Could Increase Your Risk of Alcoholism
This variant could also put you at risk for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

More than 18 million Americans are currently suffering from alcohol dependence. A new study from the U.K. suggests that alcohol addiction could be fueled by a rare gene variant. A variant of the GRM3 gene, which is believed to be crucial in brain signaling, occurs in roughly one out of every 200 people. Researchers from [...]

50,000 Drug Offenders Eligible for Reduced Sentences
Key highlights from the groundbreaking ruling by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

In yet another sign that a continued emphasis on treatment and recovery for addicts is replacing punitive consequences, nearly 50,000 currently incarcerated federal drug offenders are now eligible for reduced sentences. Here are some of the key highlights of this groundbreaking, unanimous ruling made last week by the U.S. Sentencing Commission: Nearly half of the [...]

Why Another New Painkiller is Actually a Good Thing
Targiniq ER is a new kind of opiate medication that is designed to deter abuse.

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. It also costs the economy up to $635 billion each year in healthcare expenses and lost productivity. Opiate pain medications are – and have been – the gold standard for treating this type of constant and debilitating pain. However, thanks to rampant prescription opioid abuse and widespread [...]

Test Your Drink for Date Rape Drugs with this Device
In the United States, someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes.

In the United States, someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes. What’s more, one out of every four women between her late teens and early twenties will become a victim of date rape or attempted date rape. A large number – approximately 25 percent – of these sexual assaults take place after an incapacitating date [...]

AN25K Project Asks: What is the Anorexia Gene?
A preview of the largest genetic investigation of eating disorders to date.

Anorexia nervosa has some of the highest rates of death of any psychiatric disease, with an estimated mortality rate of more than 10 percent. From an outsider’s perspective, anorexia nervosa may seem like nothing more than bad eating habits. In reality, the disorder is far more complex. Experts have long believed that eating disorders have [...]