August 26, 2014

On Being a “Teacher”: Thoughts as I Prepare to Depart from South Africa

I first answered Africa’s siren song in 1992, when I spent half of my junior year in college in Kenya and Tanzania. In 2008, I returned to Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia, where I started writing my doctoral dissertation in a tent on quiet afternoons. This year, I was invited to South Africa, to Cape Town […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Africa, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Doctor, Drug Treatment, Substance Abuse, Uncategorized
August 25, 2014

Alcohol Causes Difficulty in Later Life

Alcohol Causes Difficulty in Later Life According to a new study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, people with a history of alcohol use disorder, which can include those drinking within recommended limits, are twice as likely to have severe memory problems in subsequent years. The study adds to the growing body of […]

Abuse, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Depression, Doctor, Drinking, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
July 18, 2014

Children Using Marijuana Rising in UK

Children Using Marijuana Rising in UK The UK has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. The number of children receiving treatment for addiction to marijuana has hit a record high, with one expert warning that the age young people try the drug for the first time has fallen. Studies have […]

Abuse, Children, Current Events, Depression, Doctor, Drug Treatment, Marijuana, Substance Abuse, Teenagers, Uncategorized
July 4, 2014

Alcohol: Are the Heart-Health Benefits Real?

Alcohol: Are the Heart-Health Benefits Real? Is moderate alcohol use generally safe? Are the purported health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption real? Or is all alcohol dangerous and to be avoided? These are questions with vague and controversial answers. There has been a great deal of contradictory information released about the pros and cons of […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Doctor, Drug Treatment, Substance Abuse, Uncategorized
June 30, 2014

Naloxone Therapy Saving Lives

Naloxone Therapy Saving Lives Naloxone has been a miracle drug for many of the overdose survivors who were fortunate enough to receive the treatment in time. Used to treat narcotic drug overdose, Naloxone has received positive reviews by first responders and others who frequently see or deal with addicts who are likely to overdose from […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events, Depression, Depression Treatment, Doctor, Substance Abuse
June 13, 2014

The Junkie Next Door

The Junkie Next Door When most people think of a heroin addict, they often mentally picture a poor, unkempt looking young man living on the streets of a large city. This imagined “junkie” is rarely white, usually black or Latino. In the 1960s this was close to the truth; 82% of first time heroin users […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Depression, Doctor, Drug Treatment, Heroin, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
May 2, 2014

Drug Abuse in the Medical Profession

Drug Abuse in the Medical Profession America’s drug epidemic reaches into all streams of life including an alarming number of health care professionals. People who work in the medical community prescribe and dispense drugs, and the knowledge and opportunity for “drug diversion” can be hard to resist sometimes, even for doctors. 103,000 is the average […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Current Events, Doctor, Drug Treatment, Medical, Uncategorized