5 Ways to Screw Up an Intervention

By Dr. Greg Skipper, MD When a doctor or other professional shows signs of a problem with drugs or alcohol, an intervention is the next step. I’ve led many of these addiction interventions, sometimes speaking to the struggling professional one-on-one and sometimes joined by family members and others who can lend their influence and encouragement.…

10 TV Characters Who Need Rehab

See which 10 television characters would likely be diagnosed with a serious substance use disorder if they really walked among us. Tyrion Lannister, “Game of Thrones” Tyrion swills and guzzles his way through the ups and downs of The Seven Kingdoms. Granted, he hasn’t had the easiest time of it. His mother died giving birth…

Dating Under the Influence

Most of us know “DUI” stands for “driving under the influence.” But the acronym has another meaning, one with consequences that rival the damage done when one gets behind the wheel impaired. Although dating under the influence doesn’t cause motor vehicle accidents, it certainly can run your personal life off the road. One study suggests…

Addiction May Be as Simple as ‘One-Shot Learning’ Gone Terribly Awry

Groundbreaking research by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists regarding how the brain learns quickly—a process called “one-shot learning”—has turned up insights that may help further explain addiction and dual diagnoses and how treatment can help. “One-shot learning,” as opposed to more gradual, incremental learning over time, happens when we immediately associate a specific stimulus…