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Substance Abuse

6 Reasons Carfentanil Is About To Turn Our World Upside Down

Deni Carise | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Deni Carise

It’s not like any of us really thought the drug epidemic would get better overnight. It’s just that we thought we might be seeing the depths of th...

The Promise Of Mental Health Parity

Joe Kennedy III | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Joe Kennedy III

The idea behind parity is simple -- insurers should treat mental and behavioral health the same way they treat physical health. It shouldn't be easy to secure coverage for shoulder surgery but impossible to secure coverage for in-patient addiction treatment.

Deaths From Self-Injury Include More Than Just Suicide

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.29.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - When deaths from substance abuse are counted as self-inflicted, then deaths from self-injury in the U.S. are tied with deaths attri...

Dollars Over Sense When It Comes To Addiction Treatment

Deni Carise | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

I've worked in the substance abuse treatment and research field for quite some time. At this point, there are a few indisputable truths about this di...

DSM-5 Made A Mistake Eliminating Substance Abuse

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

DSM-5 made a mistake when it joined together into one big, heterogeneous category ('Substance Use Disorder') what in DSM IV had been two quite different diagnoses ('Substance Abuse' and 'Substance Dependence').

The Dangers of Dabbing: The Health Risks Posed by the Latest Marijuana Trend

Dr. Jonathan Horey | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Dr. Jonathan Horey

While more research is needed on the risks of dabbing, it is likely that the accepting attitudes fostered by the legalization trend are increasing the rate of experimentation with this new form of marijuana.

Conrad Hilton Does Two Months Hard Time

Anthony Papa | Posted 08.10.2016 | Entertainment
Anthony Papa

OMG, how did he manage to do this hard time behind bars? This week the brother of Paris Hilton finished his prison sentence. People Magazine reported...

Yes, 'Purple Drank' Can Be Deadly

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.03.2016 | Healthy Living

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain is facing a 10-game suspension because he violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy by testing positive fo...

How to Tackle Workplace Substance Abuse

Yatin Khulbe | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Yatin Khulbe

Employees are the company's greatest asset. They play a deciding role in shaping the organization's future roadmap.

Don't Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In an important show of bipartisanship, Congress is on the cusp of an historic step to help many of the most vulnerable children in our nation who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care and lingering in group care.

A Young Native American's Journey From Jail To Award-Winning Film Actor -- Lessons In How To Help Our Struggling Youth

Reiner Lomb | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Reiner Lomb

I strongly believe that by focusing on young people's growth needs, we can motivate many of our struggling young people to lead healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

LGBT Rights: Bringing The 'Pride' Movement To Addiction Treatment

Dr. Jonathan Horey | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonathan Horey

Addiction can truly happen to anyone. We treat people of all lifestyles, demographics and socioeconomic statuses, all of whom have learned how similar their struggles are to each other's, and that they have more in common than they may have originally thought.

The Purgatory of Wanting To Change: Understanding Addiction

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

If somebody you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, please don't question their motivation or desire to change. Please know that it is in there, entrenched in their being and lodged under the rubble of frustration and shame that we can all tap into on some level and understand.

When Addiction Treatment Doesn't Work: Fingers Pointing The Wrong Way

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

We would never tell somebody who seeks treatment for any other health condition but does not experience improvement that it is their fault. We would never allow providers to continue to practice if they are not producing good outcomes. We would never be okay with such unsatisfactory treatment in any other arena.

Yoga Hope for Addiction

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

The sad news of rockstar Prince's death was followed by reports that prescription opioids were found at the scene. The latest news reports Prince was ...

Iceland Succeeds at Reversing Teenage Substance Abuse The U.S. Should Follow Suit

Harvey B. Milkman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Harvey B. Milkman, Ph.D.

Iceland may be the world's most progressive country at reducing teenage substance abuse. In the more than 4 decades that I have studied, researched an...

The Greenhouse Effect -- The Future of Behavioral Health

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Brooke M. Feldman

If we are truly to see any significant changes in positive behavioral health, our systems need to serve as greenhouses in which good health is promoted and sustained, early warning signs of becoming unwell are detected and addressed, and the environment is made rich with the nutrients of resources and supports needed to maintain good behavioral health.

Narcan, Then What?: The Deadly Missing Piece of the White House Strategy to Combat Substance Abuse

Becky Allen | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Becky Allen

President Obama's push for a treatment-centered approach, as opposed to criminalization of substance abusers, is a step in the right direction. However, just as someone arrested for drug possession is often sentenced to mandated rehab, so too should the overdose victim be required to receive help.

Should We Stop Using the Word 'Addict'?

The Influence | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
The Influence

When I argue for greater compassion towards addicts, I often get somebody replying who says something like: "Then you shouldn't call them 'addicts.' Stop using that word." It's a serious argument, and one that is worth thinking through in public.

The Vitality of Collegiate Recovery

Tim Rabolt | Posted 04.02.2016 | Education
Tim Rabolt

There has never been a more critical time to support the widespread establishment of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs)

Psychologists Identify Major Risks Linked With Teen Substance Abuse

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.02.2016 | Science

Although drug and alcohol abuse is on the decline among American teenagers, addiction issues are still common -- and those issues often go hand in han...

A Major Step Forward for Addiction Medicine

Nora Volkow | Posted 03.31.2016 | Science
Nora Volkow

The new Addiction Medicine credential will be a powerful force for ensuring that treatment of substance use disorders in the United States is based on the current state of the evidence and consistent with our understanding of addiction as a brain disorder.

On Consumerism, Terror, and Human Nature

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

For decades, we have been told that if we only had that coolest, newest car/phone/pair of shoes/you-name-it, we would be happy. But as soon as we get ...

Teen's Drinking Has Me Worried

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Although there are stacks of books with advice for talking with teens about worrisome drinking and/or partying, they all assume one thing: that teens will take to heart what their parents have to say.

Intervening Early to Prevent Substance Use Disorders

Nora Volkow | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Nora Volkow

The brain is an organ that adapts in both short- and long-term ways to its environment, and prevention science over the past few decades has shown cle...