December 5, 2014

Talking Helps Lower Suicide Risk

Talking Helps Lower Suicide Risk The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collect data about mortality in the U.S., including deaths by suicide. In 2012 (the most recent year for which full data is available), 40,600 suicide deaths were reported by Emergency Departments, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. Sadly, […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
November 3, 2014

America is Voting on Marijuana

America is Voting on Marijuana A recent poll from The Huffington Post and YouGov claimed that more respondents were in favor of legalizing marijuana than were opposed to it. Results showed a favorable public bias, with 70% of respondents supporting the legalization of medical marijuana compared to 17% that opposed it. Legalizing marijuana as a whole saw […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
October 15, 2014

Understanding the Relationship between Depression and Exercise

Understanding the Relationship between Depression and Exercise The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally, more than 350 million people of all ages are affected by depression. Suicide results in an estimated 1 million deaths every year. Depression is a serious mental illness in every nation. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived […]

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September 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Helps Curb Pain, but at a Cost

Medical Marijuana Helps Curb Pain, but at a Cost Medical marijuana is available in 21 states and the District of Columbia. The results of medical marijuana use are mixed, with some important positive and negative outcomes that should be examined. New research published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, finds that deaths associated with the […]

Abuse, Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Marijuana, Medical, Smoking, Substance Abuse
August 20, 2014

Synthetic Marijuana Facts

Synthetic Marijuana Facts Synthetic marijuana is very different from marijuana. Called by names like Spice, K2, No More Mr. Nice Guy, and hundreds of others, the drugs contain powerful chemicals that can cause dangerous health problems. Often sold at small retail stores or via the Internet, synthetic marijuana use is risky, with unknown long-term effects. […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Smoking, Spice, Substance Abuse, Synthetic, Weed
August 8, 2014

Does “Medical” Marijuana Work?

Does “Medical” Marijuana Work? Getting federal approval to research marijuana is a laborious and long process. While the federal government approves and funds many studies that look into the negative effects of cannabis, it has been reluctant to approve those that consider the positive effects. This has created controversy over medical research by creating a […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Depression, Exercise, Marijuana, Substance Abuse, Weed
August 6, 2014

PTSD and the Children of Veterans

PTSD and the Children of Veterans  PTSD not only affects veterans, but the families of veterans also can feel its “aftershocks” and suffer. Children first must cope with the stress of a military parent’s deployment, then a prolonged absence, and finally with their return. Studies of returning service members and veterans have found the following […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Children, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Marijuana, Painkiller, Substance Abuse, Veterans, Weed
July 11, 2014

Can I Use Marijuana to Help Me Taper Off Harder Drugs?

Can I Use Marijuana to Help Me Taper Off Harder Drugs? Many people who abuse alcohol and drugs also use marijuana. Some, when thinking about quitting, decide that “marijuana maintenance,” substituting marijuana for harder drugs, is a good way to be able to remain high without the negative consequences associated with drugs like heroin or […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Depression Treatment, Drug Treatment, Marijuana, Medical, Painkiller, Substance Abuse, Weed
June 16, 2014

The Question of Marijuana Safety

The Question of Marijuana Safety With the move toward the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana in several parts of America, many people have the impression that recreational use or marijuana is safe. This is a dangerous assumption that can cause serious consequences for casual users and those people who think they can self-meditate with the […]

Abuse, Behavioral Addictions, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Marijuana, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
May 26, 2014

Epileptic Children Treated Using Marijuana’s Active Ingredient: Can It Help?

Epileptic Children Treated Using Marijuana’s Active Ingredient: Can It Help? Could the active ingredients in marijuana help children with severe epilepsy? According to the newest reports, the answer may be yes. Usually, I am not in favor of clinical trials using marijuana for children, because we know very well that marijuana impairs the brain’s development. […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Children, Current Events, Marijuana, Medical, Substance Abuse, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Weed
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