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Thomas G. Kimball, PhD

Thomas G. Kimball, PhD
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Dr. Thomas G. Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT, serves as the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities and holds the George C. Miller Family Regents Professorship at Texas Tech University. He is also a Clinical Director with MAP Health Management, LLC and the co-author of the book, Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery, Hazelden Press. Follow him @drtomkimball.
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Why Some People Struggle with Addiction and Some Do Not

No one factor is the 'cause' of addiction. There are multiple culprits, all complex and complicated. They are biological, psychological, & social in nature. The 'cure' for addiction must be equivalent in complexity & holistic to tackle all three dimensions. Anything less will result in poor outcomes & more suffering.
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Smartphone Syndrome: A Millennial Mental Health Crisis

Millennials were born during a period of rapid technological transformation. Most millennials have never known life without a cellular telephone or without having access to the internet. The mental health effects of being "always connected" have only recently started to be considered.
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Methadone and Suboxone For Heroin Recovery

Medication Assisted Treatment programs for opioid-addicted incarcerated individuals increase reporting for post-release treatment and lower recidivism and relapse rates.
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Repurposing Cancer Drugs to Combat Opioid Dependency

Finding effective and safer alternatives to pain management is essential in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
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How the Opioid Crisis Affects Addiction Treatment Centers

The need for these services far outweighs the demand as many people who meet the critical for severe substance use disorder meet financial barriers to access treatment.

Can a Vaccine Cure Heroin Addiction?

New data about a heroin vaccine working in mice and monkeys is exciting but addiction is complicated—psychological aspects must also be addressed.

Fentanyl Makes the Opioid Epidemic So Much Worse

The prevalence and potency of Fentanyl are fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic putting many people at risk, not just those with the disease of addiction.

Myths About Alcohol Addiction in Native Americans

Native Americans have experienced strong bias, stereotype, myth, and marginalization on multiple levels, including with respect to alcohol addiction.
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What Does Research Tell Us About Marijuana & Addiction?

The impact of marijuana use on an adolescent’s brain is compelling and disturbing. Even more alarming is the misnomer that marijuana is not addictive.

Why is Pornography So Powerfully Addictive?

Pornography acts like a drug in the brain and can become very powerful, particularly for some individuals in whom brain region activation is similar to craving and drug cue reactions for alcohol, cocaine, and nicotine.

Drug Testing Helps Those in Recovery Build Trust

For those in recovery desperate to rebuild trust with their loved ones, drug testing offers a means by which they can provide proof to the world they are in recovery and moving forward.
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You’re Addicted to Your Phone if You Agree with These Statements

Take this simple self-assessment quiz to help you distinguish cell phone addiction from significant use. If you are, you are not alone and there is help available.
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