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The 5 Top Family Secrets, Christmas and Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Parents keep a variety of secrets in an effort to protect their teens but it is my strong belief that teens are old enough and mature enough to hear the real family stories. And, perhaps telling family truths is yet another unwrapped gift that you can give your kids for Christmas.

Grateful Musings on the Holidays and Hope for Addicts and Their Families

Richard Taite | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

The holiday season is a special time of year. Families, friends and even strangers share memories of their past along with expectations and dreams f...

Substance Abuse in Rural Communities-Challenges and Opportunities

Hannah Preston-Pita | Posted 12.12.2014 | Hawaii
Hannah Preston-Pita

There is a lot space and a tremendous amount of natural beauty on Hawai'i Island. But despite all of the magnificence that surrounds us on the Big Island we face daunting challenges in making sure that those we serve get what they need.

National Survey Reveals Conflicted Mindset of College Students About ADHD Prescription Stimulant Misuse, Abuse and Diversion

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Dr. Victor Schwartz

The findings of the survey paint a portrait of students who recognize the risks of misuse, but understand why some students may choose to misuse, given the academic pressures in today's college environment.

Drug Use Is Criminal?

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

As long as individuals are considered criminals for using drugs, and are not included in advocacy for drug education, harm reduction and recovery, stigma will continue to drive policy, access to health care, research and treatment options.

Moustaches and Mental Health Are Manly

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Getting men at any age to believe that expressing themselves is a sign of strength is vital. It takes much more effort to be honest, forthcoming and do the work to address the mental health challenges in our lives than it does to avoid them.

How I Learned to Love My Body

Jenni Bevill | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Jenni Bevill

If you really want to love your body, then you've got to first love your life. That means loving yourself enough to pursue that dream you've been keeping on the shelf. Stop being obsessed with your body. Start being obsessed with your life.

Triggers

Kate Byrne | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

I allow that when you're jazzed (or upset) about something, conversations will happen in spaces and at volumes too public and too loud. But when someone tells you a topic is off limits please honor their boundaries. And for the love of what all people consider holy, stop talking about it.

Matt Sledge

California Proposition Would Reinvest Prison Money In Drug Treatment

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

California voters could strike a blow against mass incarceration next month by passing a referendum downgrading an estimated 40,000 felonies a year to...

3 Ways to Fight Mass Criminalization

Jordan Melograna | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

This isn't rocket science. If you put people who are sick in jail instead of a hospital they don't get better; if someone bounces between a cell and the street for years, they'll never find a stable place to live.

The Homeless: 39 Questions for Your Reflection

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Kindness Blog

When you see a homeless person, do you look the other way and keep on walking? If you do ignore a homeless person's request for help, just how quickly does the incident evaporate from your mind? Seconds? Minutes? Hours?

It's Not Only About Domestic Violence

Sally T. Prouty | Posted 11.28.2014 | Crime
Sally T. Prouty

It's about violence in general and it's about substance abuse! I do not know Ray Rice, his wife or anyone associated with recent incidents in the hea...

The Revised NFL Drug Use Policy

Richard Taite | Posted 11.26.2014 | Sports
Richard Taite

The NFL has put the final touches on a new drug policy. This new policy, which is the first major update since the last policy in 2010, is between the NFL Players Association and the NFL. The significant changes are with regard to HGH (Human Growth Hormone) testing and marijuana use.

How Has Obamacare Impacted Substance Abuse Treatment?

Anna David | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Anna David

On paper, it sounded so good: all insurance companies had to provide substance abuse treatment and there would be no more discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, quite a lot.

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

Richard Taite | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.

My AA Sponsee Died Of An Overdose

Substance.com | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Substance.com

Not everyone I reach out to will stay sober, and some might never come back. But the moment with Kelly's family at her wake renewed my determination to keep being there, as much as I can, for anyone who asks for my help.

The Surprising Link Between Marijuana Use And Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 08.27.2014 | Divorce

Past research has indicated that couples who abuse substances are at a greater risk for divorce, in part because substance abuse often leads to an inc...

Human Masks and Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Depression can be treated if a person does not die by their own hands before they get better. That's possible when someone feels able to take off the mask that conceals their pain and their illness, and turn to others to seek life-saving help.

We Are Having the Wrong Conversation About Robin Williams

Richard Taite | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Certainly our conversations this week should remember the genius of Robin Williams. But we should also be talking about how to help prevent yet another tragedy. The way to help is to start seeing addiction as more than the craving for a substance relief.

We Are at War, America

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

I wrote this several months ago. Seems quite fitting to post it now in light of the passing of Robin Williams: We are at war America. We are fighting...

The Fine Line Between a Casual College Drinker and an Alcoholic

Unwritten | Posted 10.13.2014 | College
Unwritten

For those of us who spend quite a bit of time flipping cups and shot gunning brewskis on our well-renowned campuses, it is important to acknowledge one of the most serious and misunderstood nicknames of our crowd: alcoholics.

Tough Love: My Most Excruciating Night as a Parent

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

During the four months before my son turned 18, I think I saw him maybe 12 times. He would leave early in the morning and return late in the evening. When our paths did cross, his eyes were glazed over.

Why Dating Sober Was Great for Me

Substance.com | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Substance.com

Mike wasn't the first guy to be put off by my drinking. In fact, I'd never been able to hold on to any guy for longer than a month or two.

Lessons Learned While Packing Up My Son's Bedroom, Alone

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

This is not the way the story in my head went for the past 18 years. The story in my head was always that we would pack up his belongings together, laugh out loud at the tiny discoveries we would uncover as we found childhood treasures long forgotten. That was not HIS story.