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Substance Abuse

The Newest Demographic Of Substance Abuse: The Elderly?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

For older adults, drinking too much and misusing medications are the major substance use problems, affecting as many as 20 percent of them.

Espousal Abuse

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

It's tempting to make fun of Hi, My Name is Jack, the melodramatic memoir of a now sober marketer for Christian ministries and publishers. The book is a soap opera, whose characters have no redeeming virtues.

Teen Drug And Alcohol Use Lowest Among Blacks, Asians

Posted 01.08.2012 | Education

Black and Asian adolescents are much less likely to turn to drugs or alcohol than teens of other races, according to a new study. The survey of ado...

The Power Of Purpose

Spencer Kympton | Posted 01.07.2012 | Impact
Spencer Kympton

After their military service, many veterans struggle to find purpose without the structure, mission and camaraderie of a military unit. It is time we ...

The Madness of Meth

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 12.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Out-of-control behavior, irresponsible actions and the ability to substantially screw up one's life knows no boundaries between the use of alcohol or drugs.

Judy Collins Discusses Life, Love -- And Music

The Huffington Post | Debra Ollivier and Evan Allis | Posted 12.18.2011 | Fifty

Abbie Hoffman praised her, Crosby, Stills & Nash sang about her and the Clintons named their daughter after her recording of "Chelsea Morning." But th...

Why Wine Doesn't Always Ensure Wellness | MarketWatch | Posted 12.11.2011 | Fifty

As baby boomers approach their golden years, they are embracing wellness and wine -- two things that don't always go together. While a glass of red...

Substance, Behavioral Addictions Among Boomers Set To Triple By 2020

Posted 12.05.2011 | Fifty

The aging boomer population -- which is now facing financial strain, job loss, declining health, and grieving the death of a parent -- has some addict...

Recovery Month 2011: Getting Rid Of Addiction Stigma

Kimberly Williams | Posted 12.02.2011 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Williams

We now have an opportunity to shift the emphasis to the problem rather than the person. Let us correct our perception of those who abuse substances to reflect current understandings that support humane, non-judgmental and comprehensive treatment.

Unemployment Takes A Mental And Emotional Toll

The Washington Post | MICHELLE HIRSCH and ERIC PIANIN | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

Joel Sarfati, a counselor for the Washington area’s long-term unemployed, has seen it all: Foreclosures, substance abuse, family battles and – wor...

Exploiting Marijuana to Survive 'Survivor'

Howard Meitiner | Posted 11.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Howard Meitiner

When I learned that a medical marijuana dispensary owner with an MBA was going to be a contestant on the new season of "Survivor," I was interested in how this individual might address his controversial career on the show.

How Utah Will Soon END Chronic Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 11.30.2011 | Impact

Though a recent congressional report announced recession-driven rises in poverty rates in 46 states, Utah is coming close to achieving its 10-year goa...

Amy Winehouse: A Lesson for Kids

Bruce Kluger | Posted 09.26.2011 | Entertainment
Bruce Kluger

It was my older daughter who broke the news of Winehouse's death to me, and I could instantly detect her confusion about it all, as if it somehow didn't compute.

Response to 2011 National Drug Control Strategy

Deni Carise | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Deni Carise

Having finally officially ended our own "War on Drugs," can we also end the war on substance abusers by removing the barriers that prevent far too many from receiving the care they need?

Facing The Realities Of Substance Use And Recovery

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

A number of developments should, I think, make us aware that returning to zero-tolerance is an Edenesque ideal not likely to be realized in our lifetimes, nor those of our children or grandchildren.

Do Luxury Rehab Centers Offer Better Care?

Deni Carise | Posted 08.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

An addiction treatment center like Promises will probably remain out of reach for most of us. But does a lower price tag mean lower quality care? I can assure you that the answer is no.

Making Reunification Possible For Families Split By Foster Care

Michael Piraino | Posted 08.13.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Reunification in many cases is a testament to the exceptionally hard work by parents to overcome cycles of abuse, drugs and violence, and to recreate bonds with their children.

How Do You Discuss Your Child's Substance Abuse Problem With Your Other Kids?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 08.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Whether your child is in grade school or college, the discussion about their sibling's substance abuse issues is difficult, but a responsible parent realizes the importance of an honest, open exchange of ideas with all family members.

Sobriety Doesn't Deserve Stigma

Howard Meitiner | Posted 08.01.2011 | Healthy Living
Howard Meitiner

Of the millions of people in recovery, few talk about it. The brave individuals who do speak up about their recovery journeys are taking important steps to remove this stigma.

Are Wet Houes A Solution For Alcoholics?

Deni Carise | Posted 07.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

We have to find a way to keep people safe while still giving them hope, even if they aren't quite ready to quit using.

Why Addiction Recovery Is Possible At Any Age

Deni Carise | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home
Deni Carise

It's easy to look at young people and imagine them overcoming addiction, but it's important to realize that anyone -- regardless of age -- can get better.

It Gets Better Because We Grow Stronger: An Interview With Leading Gay Men's Health Expert Dr. Ron Stall

Jim Pickett | Posted 06.28.2011 | Chicago
Jim Pickett

Why, 30 years into the AIDS crisis, are rates of HIV highest among young gay men, particularly men of color? I interviewed Dr. Ron Stall, a leading HIV prevention expert.

Why I'm Rooting For Erik Ainge

Deni Carise | Posted 06.05.2011 | Home
Deni Carise

In a candid ESPN interview, Ainge recounted his struggles with addiction since the age of 11. Showing tremendous courage, he opened up about the heavy drinking and drugging that all but cost him his life.

Ready, Willing, & Able Celebrates 20th Year

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Attiyya Anthony

The men and women who graduated from the Ready, Willing & Able program (RWA) have met the requirements to become self-sufficient contributing members of society.

Do You Have An Emotional Traffic Jam In Your Brain? 6 Ways To Unsnarl It

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Sometimes one can be exhausted before getting out of bed in the morning. Life on life's terms. Suiting up and showing up can be a great effort, and it's twice as difficult if your loved one is struggling with substance abuse issues.