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Drug Abuse

A Response To HuffPost's 'Dying To Be Free'

Peter V. Emerson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Peter V. Emerson

If we can reduce human suffering, we can reduce addiction. We must decide that the cost of addiction in lives and money is not acceptable to our society in the 21st century. We highly commend Jason for his extraordinary article, and thank him for the lives he has saved.

The Call for Greater Use of Medication to Treat Drug Abuse (video)

GVH Live | Posted 11.23.2015 | College
GVH Live

By Shelina Assomull Addiction is a problem that faces 40 million Americans, 1 in 7 of the country. With this number continuing to rise, the issue i...

An Open Letter to DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg: Don't Resign (Yet)

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Two years ago I thought medical marijuana was a joke too. I figured it offered no real medical benefits, and that it was just a way to get high legally. My (re)education started in my work as a palliative care physician.

This Little-Known Sex Practice Is A Growing Public Health Threat

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living

Mainstream awareness about "chemsex,” a little-discussed public health issue in the gay community, is on the rise. Programs like BBC Radio 4&rs...

5 Tips to Knock Out Drug Addiction

Zach Rinkins | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Zach Rinkins

Deborah King speaks at Miami-Dade County Teen Court for National Recovery Month and National Substance Abuse Prevention Month sharing her story vict...

What To Say To A Loved One With A Drug Abuse Problem | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Stephanie Pappas  Published: 10/23/2015 02:37 AM EDT on LiveScience Former NBA player Lamar Odom has emerged from a coma after being found u...

We Don't Shame People For Heart Attacks. Why Do It For Drug Use?

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living

According to the latest reports, Lamar Odom, the former NBA player who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel on Oct. 13, is breathing on his own ...

Why It's Not OK To Use 'Alcoholic' As A Joke, From The Daughter Of One

Cheyanne Dunn | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Cheyanne Dunn

Alcoholism is an actual disease, not a joke. Pay attention to what you are saying. You never know the truth behind someone's drinking habits.

What Not To Say To People In Recovery

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living

Recovering from a drug or alcohol use disorder is deeply personal, but it also requires support. It can be hard for friends and family to know w...

White House Marks Recovery Month With Young People In Recovery

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over 23 million Americans are in recovery from addictions to alcohol, heroin and other drugs. September has been designated Recovery Mon...

Everyone's Doing It

Jon Sundt | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Jon Sundt

It is important to debunk myths about alcohol and drug misuse among young adults, especially in light of the fact that middle school students largely model their behavior after their older counterparts.

What You Learn From Loving An Addict

Alicia Cook | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

I am not an addict. But try and love one, and then see if you can look me square in the eyes and tell me that you didn't get addicted to trying to fix them. If you're lucky, they recover. If you're really lucky, you recover, too.

The Long Walk of Moms and Dads After Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Denise Cullen

It's a hard road, the one that we walk after our children die from a drug overdose. It's a walk that numbs your feet from the miles of isolation and grief. I'm only one of thousands.

LGBTQ Drug Addiction: The Solution Doesn't Fit the Situation

Raina Bowe | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

Drug use in the LGBT community is about two to three times higher than the general population. I was also right about why: Coping with the everyday stress of social and personal prejudice is too much for some people.

High Praise: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Save Lives

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

A new study released by the University of California-Irvine in conjunction with the RAND corporation, a non-profit global think tank, shows a correlation between states that have legalized marijuana and reduced rates of opioid addiction.

Mad About Amy

Stacey Nelkin | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Stacey Nelkin

Amy Winehouse was one of the most extraordinary jazz singers of this generation -- and her self-destructive ways, dysfunctional family, bad marriage, and the insane, invasive nature of the media all ensured an early end.

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness Month in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.

Burying the Stigma of Mental Illness

Heather Rorrer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Rorrer

When the death of a loved one is suicide, or any facet of mental illness is involved, there's a stage in the grieving process psychologists don't list: stigma. Survivors bear the stigma of survival. Even as friends gather to sympathize, you sense an unspoken undertone: Surely you knew something.

An Open Letter to Seth Rogen

David Rothenberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

At 81 years of age and the Founder of The Fortune Society, I was the old man in the room. The legal status of marijuana was of minor interest to me. Keeping these young people out of jail and prison was my major goal.

The Moment I Realized My Son Was A Drug Addict

Anita Devlin | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Anita Devlin

'I'm scared, Mom,' Mike said over the phone. 'I'm scared and I need help.' My 21-year-old son, Mike, was talking to me from a drug-infested motel a few miles away from his college in Vermont. After hours of me trying to track him down, I was overcome with emotions of relief, fear, denial, and shame.

Manchin: Harry Reid's Leadership In The Senate Did Not Work

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) called out Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday, saying his leadership didn't work. "Well first of all, ...

Can Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Substance Abuse?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep problems can set teens up for increased risk of substance use and abuse and the dangerous behaviors associated with alcohol and drugs. Poor and insufficient sleep also makes teens more likely to experience other health problems.

Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

Richard Taite | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Honestly, a 30-minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone with a mind like mine. However, it was only a very short time before I started being able to sit longer and being more comfortable when I did.

Mom's Heartbreaking Facebook Post About Son's Overdose Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.08.2015 | Fifty

A Missouri mother has made the brave decision to share a particularly emotional and private issue publicly on Facebook to make sure no other parent ha...

Music Festivals: Are Attendees Safe?

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

I don't think anyone expects to attend a music festival and end up in the hospital later that night or have one of his or her friends end up with an even more tragic end. To keep these festivals a fun and exciting day for attendees there has to be safety measures to keep drugs out of these venues.