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Jason Cherkis

Heroin Addicts Finally Get Some Help From Kentucky Drug Courts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky will no longer require opioid addicts to stop taking prescribed treatment medications as a condition of participating in the st...

Indiana Families Deserve an Effective Syringe Exchange Policy

Bill Piper | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

Indiana's Republican Governor, Mike Pence, is implementing a 30-day syringe exchange program in Scott County to combat escalating HIV/AIDS infection rates. This plan is welcome news but one program operating in one county for one month is not going to stop an epidemic.

Matt Ferner

Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very h...

Why We Need Drug Detox for Minors

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

Despite her mother's pleas, Zoe was released from the mental health facility to live with her father. Trinlie waited and prayed for the call that would tell her a treatment bed had opened up for Zoe. But on Aug. 6, 2014, she received a very different kind of call.

Ibrahim Balkhy

'The Scars Of Teen Drug Treatment' Reveals How Kids Were Once Abused

HuffingtonPost.com | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

In the early 1970s, Art Barker, a failed nightclub comic and recovering alcoholic in Florida, seized on an idea that he thought could help win the war...

Obama Says Treating Drug Use As A Criminal Problem Is "Counterproductive"

Tony Newman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

President Barack Obama continues to speak out against mass incarceration, the devastating impact of our drug policies on communities of color and his expectation that marijuana legalization will continue to spread.

Matt Sledge

California Proposition Would Reinvest Prison Money In Drug Treatment

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

California voters could strike a blow against mass incarceration next month by passing a referendum downgrading an estimated 40,000 felonies a year to...

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

Tony Newman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Measure Expanding Drug Treatment

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics

BOSTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law on Wednesday requiring health insurers to cover up to two week...

Alcoholism: The Not-So-Funny Equal Opportunist

Allison Hudson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Alcoholism doesn't give a shit how pretty you are, where you go to church or don't go to church, how much your mom and dad loved you as a kid, how many degrees you have. It doesn't care what kind of house you live in, what kind of car you drive, or how much money is in your bank account.

If We Build It, Will They Come? Drug Treatment and the Affordable Care Act

Howard Josepher | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Howard Josepher

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Congress has provided us with a historic opportunity to reduce the demand for illegal drugs. The law requires health insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare, to cover treatment for substance abuse disorders.

Becoming the Healing Vigilante: Part 2

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

"You know what they say, if their lips are moving, they're lying," Barbie snapped at me. Introducing antagonist number three -- in just my first ...

If Politicians Really Want To Save Money, These Initiatives Actually Cost Less Than Doing Nothing

Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

For many lawmakers, particularly in today's austerity-obsessed political environment, the only way to save a dollar is to not spend that dollar. But i...

7 Reasons to Risk an Intervention

Heather Kopp | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Kopp

Regardless of outcome, stepping in to urge treatment and set boundaries is a way of showing an addict just how far they've fallen at the same time that you're showing them how deeply you love them. Being part of such an event can be a profound, even sacred experience. If it doesn't change the addict, it might change you.

Letter to My Brother Six Feet Under

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I wish I had been able to recognize and deal with my alcoholism before you died. I wish we could have gotten sober together. I wish I could have been the sister I should have been. I wish we could share recovery together. I wish you didn't have to die for me to acknowledge my own addiction.

Heroin: A Life or Death Matter

Stanice Anderson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Stanice Anderson

Now, almost 29 years into my recovery, Mr. Hoffman's death reminds me that no matter how long one has been drug-free, recovering from addiction is a process not an event.

How to Know a Loved One Is Using Drugs and Ways to Help Them

Kiernan Hopkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kiernan Hopkins

I love my family, just as I'm sure you love yours. Then there are the multitude of close friends and other loved ones who are family by choice. We pro...

A Culture of Denial: Myths About Addicts and Addiction

David Bedrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Bedrick

People don't abuse substances because they are bored, looking for stimulation, stressed, or prone to self-medicating. While these are the usual suspects promoted by psychology texts, media, even bloggers, they rarely bear fruit.

Is Your Friend Over-Medicating?

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Every so often someone writes me about how to respond to a friend with a prescription drug addiction. Wanting to ask someone with far more experience than I have on this painful subject, I interviewed Michelle Dunbar, executive director of St. Jude Retreats.

Prescribing Heroin to Save Lives

Meghan Ralston | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

When it comes to addiction, every option should be on the table. That's just common sense. Anything that works, or shows great promise, however we feel about it, must at least be discussed -- seriously and carefully.

Waiting to Hit the Elusive 'Rock Bottom'

Deni Carise | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

That addiction is a disease means that we can do something about it, to prevent it, to treat it and take responsibility to self-manage it. David Sheff captures this eloquently in his book, and I work each day to spread the message that successful treatment and recovery are possible.

Pennsylvania's Broken Parole System

John Bruhns | Posted 06.30.2013 | Crime
John Bruhns

Instead of sending technical parole violators back to prison for technical parole violations, the offenders are instead redirected to community corrections centers which cost the state less money than it would to incarcerate an offender in a state prison.

A View of the Drug War: Stop Blaming Police and Start Emphasizing Personal Responsibility

John Bruhns | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
John Bruhns

Law enforcement is not blame for the actions of law-breaking addicts who are not receptive to drug treatment. You can only fault law enforcement for their inaction in protecting the public from this element.

Can the Marijuana Legalization Debate Bring Republicans & Democrats Together?

Howard Meitiner | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Howard Meitiner

This back-and-forth controversy over marijuana is like a microcosm of the entire polarized political sphere. But we're losing sight of the common ground here: we all agree that addiction is a disease.

Drug Deaths: Remember and Reassess

Chelsea Carmona | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Chelsea Carmona

Our European counterparts acknowledge the horrific impact drugs have had on their societies, and they continue to pursue more rational policies. Next year, I hope we will join them to assess the damages both drug addiction and drug policy have cost our nation.