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Substance Use Disorders

Rituals in Recovery

Robert D. Ashford | Posted 04.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Ashford

At the end of the day, being in "recovery" or being "normal" is really the exact same thing -- we are finding positive ways to live a life that is full of happiness and meaning. Our daily rituals don't set us apart; they bring us closer together.

Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life: Graduation

Robert D. Ashford | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Ashford

Recovery programs save lives, and more than just by keeping drugs and alcohol away. They protect recovery, sure, but they also give meaning and purpose for students like me... and without those, sobriety is but a transient event.

Let's Stop Calling Substance Use Disorder 'Substance Abuse'

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 03.14.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

To include such a stigmatizing and shaming word in our conversations about substance use disorder is to continue to frame addiction as a moral failing on the part of an individual rather than a preventable and treatable health condition.

"Sorry, Come Back Monday Morning": Would We Accept This For Other Life Threatening Health Conditions?

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 02.22.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

Imagine if you or a loved one went into diabetic shock on a Friday evening, and when presenting for treatment, were told to come back Monday morning a...

A Plane Crashes Down Every Day In America: 4 Reasons For Lack Of Public Outcry

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

Although we know that a group of human beings large enough to nearly fill a Boeing 747 airplane die a sudden death every single day as a result of an overdose, it doesn't come with a fierce fiery explosion and dramatic loud bang ripe for the evening news.

Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorder and Bedbugs: Let's Talk About It

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

1 out of 4 people in our country lives with a diagnosable mental health or substance use disorder. That's 25% of the population in the United States....

Recovery High Schools: It's Time to Invest in Our Youth

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

Rather than wait for juvenile justice system involvement or a tragic, preventable early death, the time is now to expand community-based resources that can support young people in their recovery journeys.

Recover Out Loud

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

"Recover Out Loud." I fell in love with this term the moment I read it. Empowering, bold, unabashed, courageous, unapologetic and, by all means, a...

Racism and Recovery: Let's Have the Conversation

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

I'm pretty convinced that if I had faced the same set of circumstances as a 15 year old black or brown boy in my city, the outcome would have been very much different.

White Privilege and Addiction Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

I'm pretty convinced that if I had faced the same set of circumstances as a 15 year old black or brown boy in my city, the outcome would have been very much different. Sometimes the line between a "troubled" kid and a "bad" kid is as thin as skin color and accompanying culture.

Unleashing the River: A Call to People in Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

When I think about compassion and its transformative power, I can't help but think of the abundance of compassion bubbling up out of the millions of people in long-term recovery from addiction challenges.

The Wrap-Up: North Carolina and Recovery Oriented Sustainability

Tim Rabolt | Posted 01.08.2016 | College
Tim Rabolt

Recovery is exciting, empowering, and essential. The movement that's happening nationwide attracts more support every day. 2016 truly could be a turning point for the recovery movement as momentum builds from 2015 and our country turns its attention towards the next presidential election.

'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.

Your Kids on Oxycontin: Creating the Addicts of the Future

Tommy Rosen | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

The concern, of course, is that the drug will now be prescribed more routinely to children in less severe pain. I'm no cynic, but we've seen this happen again and again.

The Time Is Now: Young and in Recovery

Tim Rabolt | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Tim Rabolt

The backstory is simple, though may seem complicated to those unfamiliar with addiction. I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and went through some traum...

A Chance to Heal for Families and Friends of Accidental Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Denise Cullen

The arc of our family's story has been profoundly shaped by our decision to channel our energy in a positive way in order to help with our own healing, and to ensure that Jeff's death was not in vain and to help other families.

Why I Care About Drug and Alcohol Use

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

Substance use is one of the most important public health issues of our time, and yet stigmatization impedes progress at every turn.

Building a Smoke-Free Life in Recovery

Michael Botticelli | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Botticelli

Five decades ago, tobacco was everywhere in America. It was perfectly normal to enter a smoke-filled restaurant for dinner, encounter lit cigarettes o...

Addiction: Bad Behavior Or Biologically-Based Disorder?

John J. Mariani, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
John J. Mariani, M.D.

Most people in the United States sample alcohol and other addictive substances at some point during their lifetime. What separates the people who go on to develop addiction from those who don't are a series of variables that were not in their control.