New Jersey Establishes Drug Abuse Task Force

No one can argue that there isn’t an epidemic of prescription drug abuse in this country. We see the stories in newspapers across the nation every week. But what is perhaps startling for many are the statistics showing that this epidemic is most prevalent among people ages eighteen to twenty-five.  In New Jersey the problem […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Teenagers

TV and Kids: Is Quality More Important than Quantity?

New and surprising research about TV and kids Analysis of a research study about TV and kids published online this month by the journal Pediatrics suggests that switching channels from violent TV shows to educational programs may improve preschoolers’ behavior, even without having them watch less. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician and researcher at Seattle Children’s […]

Mental Health, Parenting

Compulsive Gambling Now Labeled Behavioral Addiction by Psychiatrists

Beginning in May, psychiatrists will begin labeling compulsive gambling as a behavioral  addiction when the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) comes out. The DSM is the psychiatry reference most used by doctors, insurance companies and courts. This is not simply semantics. “It’s a meaningful move,” Dr. Marc N. […]

Addiction Recovery, Behavioral Addictions, Mental Health

Stricter Drug Treatment Laws for Parents in Alabama

In Alabama, a new drug treatment bill may mean that parents who receive treatment for alcohol or drug addiction more than twice in a five year period may lose custody of their children. The bill, championed by Republican representative Wes Long, has many supporters, but some people are concerned that the bill may deter people […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Drug Treatment