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Substance Abuse

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...

Gay Frat Brothers Fall in Love, Overcome Drug Addiction, and Tie the Knot

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Through the recovery and a commitment to create a "lasting lifelong friendship", Troy and Henry ended up getting married and have been together for more than 10 years.

The Price Is Wrong: The Physical Costs of Behavioral Health Issues

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Enhanced integration between physical and behavioral health is one logical target in improving the broader health care landscape. It is a very real gap in clinical care, makes complete economic sense, and is the right thing to do in promoting true patient wellness. But most importantly, patients and providers alike need and deserve it.

Creed's Former Frontman Admits His Actions Led To The Band's Breakup

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.18.2016 | OWN

Without a doubt, Creed was one of the most polarizing bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the helm was singer Scott Stapp, whose deep raspy vo...

The Rehab Industry Needs to Clean Up Its Act. Here's How.

The Influence | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
The Influence

Done right, addiction treatment can transform lives, with a hugely positive impact on society. It is often the difference between life and death, or between a productive recovery and a life of despair. Yet all too often that opportunity is being blown.

Fed Up With "Fly High" And Funerals

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

The criminalization of addiction is just one of many systemic issues that feed into the current state of affairs in this country when it comes to how substance use disorder is being addressed. My state is not alone in operating an antiquated, costly and sorely broken system.

How Giving Up My Expectations Made Me a Better Mother

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

Because I have absolutely no control or expectations, our relationship has ascended to the next level. I'm still Mom, just a much better, more compassionate, softer, more realistic version of Mom. His life is his to define and embrace with no expectations from me. I just love being on the sidelines of his life and to watch him bloom!

With No State Budget, Community Mental Health in Crisis

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.09.2016 | Chicago
Mona Shattell

Co-authored by Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW, chief executive officer at Turning Point, Skokie, IL and Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, member of the Board ...

Sugar Ray Leonard Opens Up About His 'Deadly' Battle Outside The Boxing Ring

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.05.2016 | OWN

Sugar Ray Leonard may be among the biggest names in boxing, but 1980's "Best Boxer of the Decade" says that one of his toughest battles actually took ...

Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Racism, Just Another Day: Humans, We Need To Talk

Jamie Scanlon | Posted 02.03.2016 | HuffPost Home
Jamie Scanlon

Another day goes by, another mainstream media report about domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse and the statistics. The big-ticket items ...

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 10.24.2016 | 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 10.21.2016 | 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.