Computer Addiction

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September 17, 2018

We live in an age when nearly every interaction or transaction can be facilitated through an Internet-connected device. The Internet allows you to do anything from catch up with classmates on social media, find a job, pay your bills, and even get mental health therapy online! There is no doubting that the Internet, digital devices, apps, and other technology can

5 Internet Addiction Recovery Techniques to Bring Back the Life You Want

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October 12, 2016

If you find yourself or a loved one spending an unhealthy amount of time online, know that you’re not alone. Internet addiction is affecting a greater number of the population with every year that passes. People who have experienced long-term internet addiction have up to 20% brain shrinkage in the surface area of their brain, which is similar to what

Drug Addiction and Bipolar Disorder: What are the Risks?

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August 23, 2016

By: Jennifer Scott Addiction is alarmingly common among people with bipolar disorder. Approximately 56% of those living with bipolar disorder will struggle with addiction in their lifetime. While alcohol is the more common addiction at 46%, drug addiction is a very close second at 41%. Both substances can act as a temporary means to subdue symptoms of bipolar disorder but

Understanding Addiction as a Disease: Overcoming Perceptions to Support a Loved One Suffering from Substance Use Disorder

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July 11, 2016

Recently, I watched as a good friend went from a happy, charismatic goofball to a withdrawn, quiet loner. He was falling deeper into his alcohol addiction, and the more I watched helplessly the more I tried to understand. There are so many misconceptions about drug and alcohol addiction. Some say addiction is an excuse and that people can simply stop

Sobriety: A Realistic Way of Life for Young Adults

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April 16, 2015

“I was so inspired, because I personally know the owner of the skate apparel company, and a few years ago his life was so different than it is today. The art show came just days after his one year sobriety birthday, and he was able to create and follow through with this project because of his commitment to his sobriety.”

Addiction in Young Adults & Failure to Launch Syndrome

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March 30, 2015
Addiction in Young Adults & Failure to Launch Syndrome

Addiction in Young Adults For many young adults, identifying as an addict is a terrifying and foreign notion that doesn’t come easily and isn’t well understood by their peers. The field of addiction is growing and changing every day, with research continually working to identify the factors in the environment and genetic makeup of individuals that causes some people to

Disconnecting to Connect

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January 12, 2014

At Optimum Performance Institute we treat the WHOLE person. While this is a familiar phrase to most, what does “the whole person” actually mean? What constitutes a whole human being? Most think of their minds and bodies as separate parts of a self, whereas treating the whole person means looking beyond a physical diagnosis and helping people to experience a

How to Recognize the 8 Warning Signs of Internet Addiction

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December 19, 2013

For the last two decades, maladaptive Internet use and addiction have been on the rise among adolescents and young adults. Residential and intensive outpatient treatment centers have emerged with treatment programs for Internet addiction. Community centers and college campuses have also begun to address the maladaptive use of online gaming and internet use. The Internet is a unique paradox. On

10 Lively Ways to Have Sober Fun

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November 7, 2013

Most people struggling with addiction have found it challenging to rebuild their lives on a foundation of sobriety. Each new activity is approached with thoughts like, “How can I do this sober” and “I was only able to do this before because I drank/used.” Life met with sobriety can be a whole new learning process. Like a toddler learning how

The Reality of Addiction: Bath Salts

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October 17, 2012

Jacqueline  Mullis, MA, Director of Addiction Counseling Services at OPI,  recently visited La Ventana Treatment Center for an educational seminar on Bath Salts, given by Neva Chauppette, Psy D. The following notes highlight some of Dr. Chaupette’s key points about addiction, and then more specifically, the drug Bath Salts. To begin with, the drug is never really the problem. Dr.

OPI Participant on Panel Discussing Future of Video Game Industry

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October 2, 2006
OPI Participant on Panel Discussing Future of Video Game Industry

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – An OPI Participant who is a world-class computer game competitor and developer, but who has decided he would rather study psychology, was part of a panel of experts discussing the future of the gaming industry at the recent QuakeCon 2006 convention in Dallas, TX. The QuakeCon gaming convention is considered the Woodstock of the gaming industry