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Thomas G. Kimball, PhD

Thomas G. Kimball, PhD
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Thomas G. Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT, is the George C. Miller Family Regents Professor at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. Dr. Kimball has been part of the MAP team since 2012 and serves as Clinical Director, where he oversees and consults on the implementation of extended recovery modalities, techniques, and practices on individuals who undergo treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

He has received numerous teaching awards for his courses on families, addiction, & recovery. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles on addiction and recovery in respected medical journals, a frequent contributor to leading addiction and recovery publications online, and co-authored the book, Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery, by Hazelden Press.

In addition to consulting and presenting on recovery-related issues across the U.S. and internationally, he frequently writes articles pertaining to emerging addiction recovery data, recovery techniques and modalities, the science behind addiction, the addiction crisis, and long term treatment for the chronic disease of addiction.

Dr. Kimball has made the focus of his career studying collegiate and long term addiction recovery by focusing on factors that enhance long term recovery and improve the treatment industry at a local, national, and international level. Follow him @drtomkimball

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Why Some People Struggle with Addiction and Some Do Not

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There is no single factor that causes addiction. Rather, there are multiple contributors that are biological, psychological, and social in nature.
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Why Pornography is So Powerfully Addictive

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Porn acts like a drug in the brain activating regions involved in drug, nicotine, & alcohol cravings. This is what makes pornography so powerfully addictive
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Why We Should Stop Random Drug Testing

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Random drug testing inflicts psychological harm on people with addiction and impedes their recovery. Here are three steps we can take to stop this practice.
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Suicide in America: Understanding the What and Why

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If we want to reverse the growing trend of suicide in America, we have to take a hard look at the underlying causes, including links to the addiction crisis.
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Recovery Durability: Addiction Recurrence Risk Lowers to General Population Levels in Long Term Recovery

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Individuals who engage in extended SUD recovery for an average of 5 years are statistically equal to being diagnosed with a substance use disorder compared to the average American.
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Differences between Peer Specialists, Alumni Coordinators, and Sponsors

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The roles of Peer Specialists, Alumni Coordinators, and Sponsors are complementary and can improve outcomes in substance use disorder recovery.
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Want to Know if You Are Addicted to Your Phone?

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Addicted to your phone? Take this easy 10-question self-assessment quiz to help you distinguish addiction from significant use.
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The Benefits of Peer Support Providers in Addiction Treatment

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A key benefit peer support providers bring to addiction treatment settings is their lived experience with SUD recovery. There are many more.
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What First Responders Learned from the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis

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First responders on the front line of the opioid crisis have learned that substance use disorders are not a matter of will power or bad decisions.
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The Crisis of Under-treatment of Severe Substance Abuse Disorder

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Here are some of the reasons why it is so difficult for those who suffer mental health and/or severe substance use disorder to access appropriate treatment. 
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Is Cryptocurrency an Emerging Behavioral Addiction?

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Some experts have identified cryptocurrency, and the processes involved in obtaining it, as an emerging behavioral addiction.
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Why We Can’t Punish Our Way Out of the Addiction Epidemic

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More investment in rehabilitation and less reliance on incarceration and other punitive measures improves outcomes for those suffering from addiction