July 2019 archive

Alcohol Abuse & Addiction

Alcohol Abuse

Roughly one out of 12 adults suffer from alcohol dependence and just about 10 people die every hour from alcohol-related causes. There are something like 17.5 million adult alcoholics worldwide.  By learning about why some people become alcoholics, what causes addiction and why people become addicted, this number can be made smaller.  Firstly, an alcoholic …

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How Not To Raise A Narcissist

Malibu Narcissist

One type of toxic people that you might want to avoid are narcissists. It’s estimated that up to 8% of the US population has narcissistic personality disorder (narcissism), which is more common in men and has its roots in childhood. Narcissists are annoying enemies for human kind. They have a personality disorder that makes other …

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What Does Being ‘Codependent’ Actually Mean?

Malibu Codependent

So what does it really mean to be codependent?  If you ask a dozen different therapists you’re liable to get a dozen different answers, which is why codependency is so difficult to understand.  Codependents have been given a bad rap. They are often described as emotional manipulators and controlling, but the truth is codependents are …

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Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral addictions occur when someone becomes addicted to a rewarding behavior that does not involve an addictive substance per se, such as gambling, sex, shopping or eating.  Sometimes referred to as compulsive behaviors, behavioral addictions involve compulsion to perform an action despite negative consequences.  In this way people can suffer from dependence on certain actions, …

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