Addiction – How to Stop Enabling a Drug Addict


Once you have found yourself in a relationship with an addict it can seem like there is no way to define your relationship without referring to the addiction like it is a third party. You can see no way of walking away from the relationship without your addict partner starting on a downward spiral towards self-destruction. Without you by his side to keep him going he would be in danger of losing...

How Cocaine Affects the Brain


Cocaine is one of the most widely used recreational drugs as well as one of the most highly dangerous and addictive. As with all drugs, the effects of cocaine are the result of its actions on the brain and modulation of neurotransmitters which in turn cause numerous subjective feelings and experiences. Understanding the way that cocaine affects the brain can help you to avoid potential addiction...

How Ecstasy and MDMA Affect the Brain


Ecstasy and MDMA are recreational drugs that are popular among ‘ravers’ and commonly used with the aim of having a ‘synergistic effect’ with sound and light shows. Despite their popularity however, these are serious drugs and open to abuse and addiction, often with serious side effects. What Is MDMA? MDMA is an acronym for ‘methylenedioxymethamphetamine’ and is...

Ranking Drugs From Most to Least Harmful


During a stand-up routine, the American comedian Chris Rock once remarked that the war on drugs failed for a simple reason: “people like to get high.” For many, life is hard, dreary and monotonous; drugs offer an escape. Those who agree with Rock argue for a more realistic approach, one that seeks to educate rather than punish. Instead of simply telling the young that drugs are bad...

Why People Use Drugs


Every year, governments spend billions fighting the so-called “war on drugs,” which accounts for over half the American prison population. Either they were caught buying drugs, selling them or committing burglaries and assaults to fund their habit. In other words, we seem to be making little progress. And that is because we do not focus enough on why people start. Self-Medication...

Understanding the Addiction to Bodybuilding


At some point we are all impressed by a perfect physique. Indeed, some bodies really do look like sculpted works of art. And yet even care for one’s body can be taken too far. Everyone has seen those freakishly muscular men, oiled and tanned, who devote hours each day to weight-lifting. While for most this is merely a hobby, for others it becomes addictive, even harmful. Why Bodybuilding...

Are You Addicted to Internet Pornography?


According to the writer Gary Wilson, author of Your Brain on Porn, not only is internet pornography addictive, it can also cause erectile dysfunction and leave men bored and unaroused by their partner. As the addiction unfolds, many also find that it takes ever more extreme and disturbing images to produce the same effect. Unfortunately, so easy is it to access internet pornography that many do...

Maintaining Your Recovery From Addiction


As every former addict knows, two battles must be fought. First, you must stop. Second, you must maintain your recovery. While the first is relatively easy, the second is not, often demanding lifelong commitment and determination. Underestimating Your Enemy First, be careful not to underestimate addiction. This is especially dangerous when the individual has been sober or clean for a long time...

Overcoming a Gambling Addiction and Regaining Control of Your Life


Use the word “addiction” and most people will think of alcohol or drugs. But a gambling addiction can be just as destructive, often leaving the individual bankrupt and humiliated. And, as with any addiction, the addict’s family and loved ones are the real victims. Gamblers frequently wreck their marriage, waste their children’s inheritance, and leave behind a chaos of...

When Your Child Is Struggling With Addiction


Ask the average parent to list their deepest fears and most will include drug addiction. This is of course quite understandable. Aside from the financial cost, the health dangers, and the unpleasant people addiction exposes a child to, parents also fear “losing” them. Indeed, it is interesting to note that when the British novelist Julie Myerson decided to write an account of her...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.