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Why You Should Care About Your Doctor's Health

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

If we care about our health, we must address physician health. This can only happen with a shift in the culture of care and wellness of doctors. Self-care must become a core competency in medical training. Such radical change requires the involvement of all stakeholders, the doctors, the health policy makers and most importantly, the public.

The Urgent Need To Address Our Nation's Heroin Epidemic

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

We, like many of our constituents, have seen firsthand how this tragic epidemic has affected our own friends and loved ones, and by sharing their stories we hope to put a face to the addiction crisis.

Why I Won't Be Taking Shots On My 21st Birthday

Hanna Lottritz | Posted 01.21.2016 | College
Hanna Lottritz

Today is my 21st birthday, a day I have been looking forward to for quite some time now. Due to an event that happened about six months ago, I will not be taking birthday shots and getting wasted tonight.

My Son Is A Heroin Addict, And I Am Without Answers

Allyson Aabram | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Allyson Aabram

Every day, I wish and pray this chapter of our life will pass. But I cannot control when the page turns. I can at least put the secrecy behind me. I believe our power cannot be usurped by things outside of our control. However, shame can immobilizes us when we hold it close.

Stop Saying 'They're Just Junkies'

Alicia Cook | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

As a writer, I know the words we choose to use matter. The use of derogatory words like "junkie" or "dope fiend" not only greatly affects the addict's psyche, but those who care deeply for them as well.

Can You Really Love Your Partner to Death?

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 12.15.2015 | Divorce
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

There are a few things that are almost universally true in a marriage; 1) we want to avoid fighting with our spouse if possible, and 2) we try and avo...

'Tis the Season for At-Risk Drinking: A Reminder to Health Care Providers -- Screen, Intervene and Refer

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

During the holiday season at-risk alcohol use is common, either because of holiday parties and celebrations or in response to stressors such as grief and loss, depression or financial troubles.

"Escape" Shows Harsh Reality of Native American Youth - Best Student Film at LA SKINS FEST

Reiner Lomb | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Reiner Lomb

Best Student Film Award winners at 2015 LA SKINS FEST. Left to right: Ute Mountain Ute Councilwoman Deanne House, film students: Tayanita Hatch, Des...

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

Peter V. Emerson | Posted 02.01.2016 | 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 is ...

1 In 5 NYC Residents Have A Mental Health Problem

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living

At least one in five adult New Yorkers suffer from depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or other psychological disorders every year, accordi...

Violence and Mental Illness: Suicide, Not Homicide, Is the Major Problem

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The major problem of violence among people with serious mental illness is not that they kill other people but that they kill themselves.

It's Hard to Hate Up Close: Recovery Advocacy in North Carolina

Tim Rabolt | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Tim Rabolt

We need more recovery advocates like Christopher Campau. As a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, he's been in recovery from a substance use disorder since May of 2006. He continues to share his story publicly in a manner that includes emotions, honesty, and a call to action.

The Gift of Loss

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know that we are not alone." I truly believe that this statement is correct. There is no greater loneliness that one can ...

What We All Can Learn From Lamar Odom's Tragedy

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

It is a lot easier to start the conversation when it is about a public or celebrity figure like Lamar Odom than when it is about our loved one. However, the questions are the same.

Jack Black Discusses Past Cocaine Use And His Brother's Death

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Jack Black is making the press rounds for his new movie "Goosebumps," and the actor recently shed his funny exterior to talk about some tough moments ...

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.

Coming to Terms with My Family's Addiction Story

Jim Hood | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jim Hood

One in three households in the U.S. are affected by addiction. Furthermore, someone dies from alcohol or other drugs every four minutes. That's roughly the same as a jumbo jet falling from the sky with no survivors -- every single day of the year.

It Ended Before It Began: Criminalizing a Young Brain

Merritt Juliano | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

Trying to identify those circumstances where an 18- to 25-year-old might fairly be treated as a juvenile, difficult though it may be, should be a priority for a modern society, particularly for non-violent offenders with a low outlook for recidivism.

"People Started Referring To Me As A Monster." A Gay Man's Struggle With Alcohol

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Finally growing tired of the endless cycle of drinking, making mistakes, resolving them, and repeating the process all over again, Alexander had a moment of clarity and wanted to stop once and for all.

Future Lawyers Should Be Screened and Trained for Empathy

Mark Baer | Posted 08.27.2015 | Divorce
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Mark Baer

Law schools must begin recognizing the damage that is being caused to interpersonal relationships and our overall society, due to the low EQ levels of those involved in the field of law and make a concerted effort to address this extremely serious problem.

How Kentucky Embraced A Life-Saving Drug For Opioid Addicts

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the fall of 2013, there were very few doctors in Kentucky willing to prescribe naloxone, which can save opioid addicts who are overdo...

Feds Now Pushing States Toward Medical Treatment For Heroin Addicts

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the federal agency responsible for most public funding of drug addiction treatment has added language to its grant a...

Hillary Clinton Meets With Black Lives Matter Protesters

POLITICO | Marina Fang | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

KEENE, N.H. — Hillary Clinton met with five Black Lives Matter activists behind closed doors following her campaign event here on Tuesday evening, a...

Insulting America's Sacred Idols: Helping Veterans Recover From Moral Injury

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

If we are serious as a nation in our platitudes and compassion for veterans, then we must adhere to our nationally self-professed and loudly proclaimed values of justice, honor and courage and speak honestly with our veterans.