After what was described to us as "routine" surgery to remove a fibroid, my wife, Erica, was diagnosed with Myxoid, uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS). That was the first shock. The second? The cancer is so rare, each year fewer than 100 people in the country receive such a diagnosis.
As an addiction therapist, in the past 15 years of treating many different types of chemically-dependent individuals and their families, I have observed significant reasons as to why celebs and drug addiction seem to come together so often.
When used to treat small kidney tumors, radical nephrectomy has been shown to increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular complications, while partial nephrectomy has less risk of progressive kidney disease and has equal cancer-free survival.
While being trans in whatever form that takes is burden enough, it is made many times worse by the fact that those who desperately need help must first prostrate themselves before the gods of medicine before receiving treatment.
If sleep is my recess from a busy shift at work, insomnia is the playground mafioso, sauntering over to my place of business, demanding precious hours of sleep like it is some chump-change that I can spare.
I applaud politicians like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who have recognized the need to invest in halfway houses and other treatment programs versus prisons. That being said, a treatment program is only viable as an alternative to incarceration if it lives up to its promise.
The new DSM will not cause more people to be diagnosed with addiction. Instead, more people who may not yet be addicted (but whose substance use is nonetheless unhealthy) will be able to access very inexpensive but proven effective treatment earlier and more easily.
Today we are releasing the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy -- the Obama Administration's primary policy blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences in America. It is based on the premise that drug addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated.
Over the years, I've seen the incredible benefits of placing awareness and positive attention on the vocal mechanism. What we mentally attend to -- even in the physical realm -- responds. Is the same not true for the rest of my body? For yours?
It's about time more states recognized that low-level drug users are often victims who need help to fight their addictions. As we've said before, incarceration does the opposite of what we want to accomplish -- it turns those nonviolent users into criminals.