About Hilary
March 18, 2015

Powdered Alcohol: What Good Can Come of This?

Powdered Alcohol: What Good Can Come of This? Powdered alcohol, dubbed “palcohol” is now legal. According to Forbes magazine: “The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has just approved the sale of the powdered alcohol product, cleverly dubbed Palcohol. The idea is that you just add water to the powdered-alcohol-containing metallic pouch that looks […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 17, 2015

Repairing Broken Women and Men

Repairing Broken Women and Men Frederick Douglass is reported to have said, “It is easier to build strong children than to fix broken men.” It is something I think about often in my work as an addiction researcher. When I hear the life stories of those who seek treatment for their addictions, if I am […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 16, 2015

What’s Killing White Women in the USA?

What’s Killing White Women in the USA? Historically, white women in the United States have enjoyed relatively low mortality rates, but that is quickly changing. According to a report in Bloomberg Business, research by the Urban Institute indicates a sharp spike in mortality for white women, while other ethnic/gender groups have shown overall mortality declines. […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 13, 2015

A History of Drinking in America

A History of Drinking in America Alcohol has had quite a history in the United States and now a new exhibition at the US National Archives in Washington DC gives us a glimpse of that history. According to BBC News, this exhibition gives visitors a fascinating view of the history of alcohol use in America […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 11, 2015

The Risks of College Age Drinking

The Risks of College Age Drinking Intervention for binge drinking in college has shown to be successful, but only for a limited time according to research published in the APA Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. A total 1,040 college students participated in a twelve-month study by James Henson, PhD, a psychology professor at Old […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 6, 2015

Working through Childhood Trauma

Working through Childhood Trauma Trauma affects the developing brains of children much differently than it does the adult brain. If a child is confronted with constant feelings of danger and fear, their brains can become stuck in a protection mode in an effort to survive. This results in the child growing into an adult who […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Uncategorized
March 4, 2015

The Addictive Nature of Processed Foods

The Addictive Nature of Processed Foods A University of Michigan study is one of the first studies to examine specifically which foods may be addictive and why. This is important in helping to identify additional causes of eating disorders and the increasing number of people suffering from obesity. While behavioral addictions have been controversial, new […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 3, 2015

The Truth about Pain Relief

The Truth about Pain Relief At addiction treatment centers across the nation, more and more individuals are being seen for opioid addiction. Opioids are pain medications including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl or hydrocodone. These pain-killing drugs are addictive and even when prescribed correctly, can be dangerous. It is recommended that opioid therapy should be […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 2, 2015

Better Understanding PTSD

Better Understanding PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is usually associated with veterans returning from tours in Iraq, Afghanistan or other highly volatile areas. However, more people suffer from PTSD than just military veterans. It can affect anyone at any age regardless of sex or racial background. Unfortunately, this is a largely unrecognized condition in a large […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
February 27, 2015

Alcohol Abuse may be Related to Personal Activity Levels

Alcohol Abuse may be Related to Personal Activity Levels There is some evidence that physical activity may benefit individuals who are attempting to reduce their alcohol consumption. A study published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism found an association between physical activity and a lower risk of alcohol problems. Sedentary people had a higher risk […]

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