Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is an internationally renowned speaker, one of the country’s foremost addiction experts, the Executive Director of the Dunes in East Hampton, N.Y. — one of the world’s top rehabs, and the founder and Executive Director of Hamptons Discovery -a progressive adolescent treatment program. A former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine, he has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level, and is the author of “Glow Kids” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) and “How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life” (Conari, 2011). He is a frequent contributor to:
- Psychology Today
- FOX News
Dr. Kardaras has appeared on:
- The CBS Evening News
- Good Day, New York
He has contributed to:
- New York Magazine
- Vanity Fair
In his academic career, he has taught the Treatment of Addiction, Psychopathology and Human Behavior at the master’s level, and Theories of Personality, Self, Collective and Global Psychology and Philosophical Issues in Psychology on the doctoral level. Dr. Kardaras embraces a perspective that values an integration of both traditional Western therapeutic methods combined with Eastern approaches to health and well-being. This includes integrating psychotherapy with meditational approaches like Zen Buddhism or mindfulness. Dr. Kardaras has studied martial arts for many years under sensei Hidy Ochiai, and he has traveled extensively.
Beyond his career as a mental health professional and university professor, Dr. Kardaras has, admittedly, lived a colorful life: he’s a former AAU National Karate champion, a recovering NYC nightclub owner and a coma survivor.
Having once owned celebrity-studded New York nightclubs where he had mingled with the likes of JFK, Jr., Uma Thurman, and Tom Cruise, Kardaras emerged from that glamorous-yet-self-destructive world to discover the powerful and transformative teachings of ancient philosophy. He’s a lifelong seeker who has explored many of the world’s wisdom traditions in an effort to become “awakened” and devotes much of his professional time towards helping others who are struggling with addiction or who are in psychospiritual crisis to become “awakened” as well.
In his clinical work with adolescents – he’s worked with over 1,000 teens over the last decade – he began to realize that many were suffering from a screen-induced malaise. He began to see that many were suffering from genuine psychiatric disorders such as screen addiction, anxiety, depression and even psychosis-like symptoms as a result of their screen dependence. Dr. Kardaras began to understand that this new digital drug was just another variation of addiction and escape for young people.
In researching the effects of screens on the brain, he found that the effects neurologically mirror substance addiction and were especially problematic in young children with their still-developing brains.
Dr. Kardaras lives with his wife and twin sons in Sag Harbor, N.Y. He is a frequent presenter and lecturer on the subjects of philosophy, mental health, and both substance and screen addictions.