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Substance Abuse Treatment

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.

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.

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.

How to Talk So People Will Listen

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

There are very specific and effective ways to construct a communication so that it goes well and that both parties in the conversation feel respected and understood. Even if there is not "full agreement" in the end, positive communication skills help move a conversation along effectively and work toward building a solid foundation of respect and a platform for increasingly meaningful exchanges in the future.

Words Matter (If You Want People to Listen!)

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.

Praying a Broadway Baby Quits the Booze

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

You were there for me (remotely, via DVD), and I'm here to offer it in return, if you ever need support.

The Hope in Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

Addiction is perceived almost universally as shameful, even by association. As we see in all the recent discussions about whether people with substance abuse problems "deserve" the troubles they incur, even having empathy for someone with these issues is suspect and denigrated by many.

NYS Prisons: Scrapheaps or Repair Shops?

Jim Luce | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

New York, N.Y. A staggering two million children have one or more parents incarcerated in the United States. New York State -- with the fifth highes...

Brooklyn Treatment Court: A Second Chance for Drug Offenders

Chuck Gomez | Posted 06.22.2013 | New York
Chuck Gomez

In a Brooklyn courtroom on a Spring morning, something grabs your attention. It's not a stern judge banging a gavel. It's the sound of erupting applause.

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.

A New Way to Accelerate Addiction Recovery

Nick Ortner | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nick Ortner

Because EFT accesses the "stress centers" in your brain on physical and emotional levels simultaneously, EFT may effectively treat conditions like addiction, which often can't be resolved successfully with psychotherapy alone, or with other alternative therapies.

Why Wine Doesn't Always Ensure Wellness

macon.com | 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...

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.

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.

Memorial Day: Remembering Marty

Kelly Moore | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics
Kelly Moore

The Department of Veterans Affairs may be incompetent, as the court declared, but the rest of us deserve equal scorn for failing to hold our government accountable to the men and women who put their lives on the line defending our freedom.

Substance Abuse Isn't Just A Celebrity Problem

William H. Foster, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William H. Foster, Ph.D.

Perhaps when we fully come to terms with the reality of substance use disorders in our lives, we will move from focusing on our fascination with celebrity addictions to focusing on our own families and loved ones, and taking seriously the value of aggressively addressing this to often neglected contributor to our national health crisis.

Glenn Beck's Alcoholism and CPAC

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Glenn Beck hit two themes of interest to a psychologist in his keynote speech to a conservative audience at CPAC -- his idyllic family life, and his a...