Public Blames Personality Defects for Behavioral Addictions

Substance addiction is a well-established concept long recognized by mental health professionals, researchers and the general public. Behavioral addiction is a form of recently acknowledged, non-substance-based addiction that has a strong scientific foundation but relatively little recognition in society as a whole. In a study published in November 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a…

Destination Addiction

Is your mind overactive with “the grass is greener” thinking? Do you sigh in frustration that you aren’t living the life you imagined? Are you immersed in thoughts such as: “What if I hadn’t married my spouse and there’s someone better for me?” “If only I were thinner, prettier, better educated, healthier, or wealthier, I…

Is My Partner a Sex Addict?

While it’s true that a diagnosis of sexual compulsivity—another term for sex addiction—is generally only self-ascribed (arrived at by the addict him or herself) or with the help of a trained therapist, it can be important for loved ones to understand the signs. When we find ourselves romantically involved with a sex addict, our lives…