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Catching the Dream of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe -- A Glimmer of Hope in a Native 'National Emergency'

Reiner Lomb | Posted 07.01.2015 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) is one of three tribes that comprise the Ute Nation and one of 566 federally recognized tribes that are dealing with this national crisis. For more than 2,000 years, the people of the Ute Nation have lived in Colorado, Utah, and Northern Arizona.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

More College and University Students Facing Mental Health Challenges

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Constance Scharff, Phd

There is a quiet crisis brewing on college and university campuses across the United States. Increasingly, the mental health needs of students are more complicated than in the past and cannot be adequately met by overwhelmed mental health services.

Does Sex Addiction Even Exist?

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

In this age of celebrities and politicians coming forward with their claims of sex addiction following a cheating incident, I'm often asked whether se...

Amanda Terkel

Top Hillary Clinton Officials Hear From Substance Abuse Community In Iowa, New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's policy advisers held discussions last week with experts working to address substance abuse in Iowa and New Hampshire, ...

Marina Fang

Hillary Clinton Campaign Begins Drafting Policy Solutions To Heroin Epidemic

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After hearing story after story from voters on the campaign trail about heroin's toll, Hillary Clinton instructed her policy team to dra...

Punishing The Mother Is Not Best For the Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Lynn Erdman

Incarceration is not the answer. Pregnant women with substance use disorders need to be identified early in their pregnancies and offered treatment.

The Final Goodbye

Hannah Preston-Pita | Posted 05.08.2015 | Hawaii
Hannah Preston-Pita

Mothers in recovery struggle with many challenges. They are working to overcome their addiction, often facing their own physical or emotional abuse issues, sometimes going through several failed attempts to reclaim their lives, and trying to rebuild families in the aftermath of addiction.

Redefining Success in Sobriety

Elisa Hallerman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisa Hallerman

As the epidemic of addiction grows, it's imperative we do not "debunk" the spirituality of AA just to raise up the scientific community.

Life Is Like Physics

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

What parents seem to forget when they are divorcing or their relationship is ending, is that children are expensive.

The Film You Don't Want to Miss: 'Prescription Thugs' at the Tribeca Film Festival

Richard Taite | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

At the festival, the documentary film "Prescription Thugs" will be screened. I am honored to be featured in this film and to help educate the public about the grave danger that is posed by the abuse of prescription medications.

Alcohol Dependency in Our Family and How We Struggle With It

Gary Nelson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Gary Nelson

For many of us who may struggle on a daily basis with anxiety, depression, addiction and self-worth, all we want to do is just get to first base. Sometimes, that's as far as we can go on any given day, month, or year. Hitting a home run isn't really something we are able to do just yet. But be patient with us. Give us the gift of time, and a maybe a little more than three strikes.

Mental Health for the Masses

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

MOOIs (Massive Open Online Interventions) are mental health and substance abuse interventions, scientifically validated and available online to unlimited numbers of consumers. As with MOOCs, most of these consumers can be expected to drop out, but some will stay -- and get well.

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.

Dying for Substance Abuse Treatment: There's Just No Room at the Inn

Deni Carise | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Evidence-based, patient-centered treatment along a continuum of care provided in the patient's neighborhood is the answer to successfully managing the chronic disease of addiction, just as it is for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The Growing Right Arm of For-Profit Prisons

Mona Shattell | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Sentencing reform will reduce prison populations, but privately run post-release housing, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment programs will not be affected by these measures.

Seeking Help for Addiction

Hannah Preston-Pita | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Hannah Preston-Pita

We have all at some time or another been impacted either directly or indirectly by someone who has been using drugs and/or alcohol. This can come in many forms.

It's About the Kids

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Regulation is needed urgently to prevent a repeat performance by Big Tobacco. Our youth in particular need to be protected, given the disturbing trend of increased teen use of e-cigarettes and the accompanying potential rise in nicotine addiction.

Let Us Lead: Remarks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

Each year a key focus of my talk here is the economy. Since I first spoke to you, we have moved Massachusetts out of a recession, into a position of strength. Unemployment is down from January 2009 and we recently added the most jobs since 2008. Massachusetts is on the move.

'My 4-Year-Old Daughter Crushes Candy Like Her Daddy Crushes His Pain Pills'

Posted 02.17.2015 | Dr. Phil

Whitney and her ex-boyfriend Todd are embroiled in a bitter custody battle over their 4-year-old daughter -- watch accusations fly in the video above....

Triple Threat: Beyond Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP

Until the '80s, it used to be that clients coming in for treatment were typically corralled into two discrete camps: the mentally ill or the substance...

How One Man Helped 10,000 People With Serious Drug Problems

Tony Newman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

By declaring a "war on drugs" we have declared a war on ourselves. We know that prison is not the answer for people who use drugs. So what can be done?

10 Effective Tips to Help Your Loved One Seek Treatment for a Substance Use Problem

Michael Ascher, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Ascher, M.D.

Reality television shows often portray dramatic and provocative "interventions" that claim to result in radical change. Unfortunately, these types of approaches rarely work and can serve to alienate and shame the individual, often leaving him or her with lower self-esteem, self-hatred and hopelessness.

The 5 Top Family Secrets, Christmas and Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Parents keep a variety of secrets in an effort to protect their teens but it is my strong belief that teens are old enough and mature enough to hear the real family stories. And, perhaps telling family truths is yet another unwrapped gift that you can give your kids for Christmas.

Grateful Musings on the Holidays and Hope for Addicts and Their Families

Richard Taite | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

The holiday season is a special time of year. Families, friends and even strangers share memories of their past along with expectations and dreams f...