What Are Process Addictions?

In 2014, The Institute for Addiction Study recognized and included ten addictions to behaviors with dopamine-releasing substances to include in the Periodic Table of the Intoxicants. Due to the problems presented by individuals that met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) criteria for an addiction, these ten behaviors were added: gambling, media, relationships, codependency, performance,…


VAAP Annual Meeting

As a board member of Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals, Craig James showed his support by attending the 2019 Annual Meeting & Training at The Holiday Inn Oceanside, Virginia Beach on March 15th. He and Cyndi Turner attended Cynthia Moreno’s Conflict Resolution and Linda Handcock’s JUUL and Vapes: New Technology Impacting Nicotine & Marijuana Addiction.Cyndi and Craig…


SMART Recovery Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Congratulations to SMART Recovery® for celebrating its 25thanniversary this year. SMART Recovery started back in 1994 and was founded by Joe Gerstein and Tom Horvath. It was established as an alternative path to recovery, utilizing principles of self-empowerment, based on motivational and cognitive therapies. What is Smart Recovery? SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management and Recovery…


Are You SAD?

Do any of these sound like you during the winter months? Have a depressed mood more days than not Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed Increase in appetite, especially for carbohydrates Increased sleep Loss of energy or increased fatigue despite extra sleep Increase in restlessness or slowed movements Feeling worthless or…


Over the Counter and Psychiatric Medications: Helpful or Dangerous Combination?

Over the counter medications (OTC’s): many of us have relied on them for day-to-day ailments. Be it for coughs, colds, headaches, fever, minor sprains, allergies, or aches and pains, we’ve all found ourselves meandering into our local pharmacy seeking relief from these minor but pesky symptoms. In fact, studies have revealed that around $116 Billion…