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April 11, 2016

Don’t Give Up: How to Maintain Hope for the Addict in Your Life

Don’t Give Up: How to Maintain Hope for the Addict in Your Life I frequently receive late night calls, especially on the weekend, asking for help for a person with substance use disorder in need. Last weekend, a colleague needed a placement for a long time alcoholic. The alcoholic had previously “failed” at two facilities, […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
April 7, 2016

What Parents Need to Know about Underage Drinking this Alcohol Awareness Month

What Parents Need to Know about Underage Drinking this Alcohol Awareness Month I am an alcoholic. Seventeen years and nine-ish months ago, I quit a 2-liter of hard liquor a day habit. I started drinking when I was 11 and spent the years up until I decided to quit getting drunk every opportunity I got. […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 29, 2016

The Road is Long: Three Ways Officials are Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

The Road is Long: Three Ways Officials are Fighting the Opioid Epidemic   Elected officials are no longer ignoring the growing opioid abuse epidemic in our country, finally introducing and reviewing legislation in the House and Senate meant to address the immediate needs of those currently addicted to opioids, as well as to prevent future […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 23, 2016

Four Reasons to Get Sober this Easter

Four Reasons to Get Sober this Easter   Spring is a time of incredible transformations. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that freezes over the winter, the ground is usually just thawing out around this annual holiday that marks the end of winter and the long lead up to summer. Finding the “right” time […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 14, 2016

Marijuana: Yes, There are Medicinal Uses

Marijuana: Yes, There are Medicinal Uses Although marijuana is often touted as a sort of solution for all, which it is not, there are proving to be medical uses for the drug. Recently, a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Britain that specializes in research related to cannabis, has shown that cannabinoids are effective in the treatment of […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 10, 2016

Children and Horses: Equine Activities Improve Lives

Children and Horses: Equine Activities Improve Lives My research is in the field of addiction, but a lot of the therapies and activities that bring health and healing to those who suffer from addiction also have applications to many other groups. Equine programs, from horseback riding to equine assisted therapy, have long been known to […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 3, 2016

Yoga: Good for Addicts and the Rest of Us

Yoga: Good for Addicts and the Rest of Us There has been a lot of debate about yoga. Is it just good exercise or does it have an impact on the brain that can be used as part of a therapeutic program for treating disorders like addiction? Recent research suggests that yoga acts on the […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
February 25, 2016

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: 3 Reasons You Can’t Ignore Trauma

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: 3 Reasons You Can’t Ignore Trauma   When you face difficult times, you have two options: work through the difficulty you’ve encountered or try to avoid it. For many who have lived through a traumatic experience, going around or burying traumatic memories can feel like the only feasible […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
February 17, 2016

Yes, You Can: Four Ways to Strengthen Your Resilience

Yes, You Can: Four Ways to Strengthen Your Resilience   Everyone knows someone who’s been through a horrifying experience, yet somehow manages to keep smiling. People like that usually come to mind when we lose it over small things, like having trouble finding a parking spot or unloading the groceries only to realize we forgot […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
February 9, 2016

Protect Your Heart: Three Things You Should Know about Women’s Cardiovascular Health

Protect Your Heart: Three Things You Should Know about Women’s Cardiovascular Health   February is heart health awareness month, so I’m going to take a short break from writing about addiction and mental health to talk about women and our hearts. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women worldwide, and in […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse