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Substance Abuse

This Is What It Is Like to Be an Addict With Triggers

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I bring these events up specifically because of how minuscule they are in a normal person's world -- going to bed at night, grabbing a beverage to hydrate. But in an addict's world, it's the small actions like this that can set off a string of memories associated with our use.

Is Pro-Marijuana Pro-Propaganda?

Theodore Caputi | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

There's a lot of buzz going around about marijuana legalization. Now that Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational marijuana use, mar...

We're All in Recovery -- Here's Why

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Sahaj Kohli

Recovery takes many forms and has many causes, but the common denominator is realizing the need for change. It's the most powerful and human ability -- the ability to be aware, to choose, to change, to recover (and repeat). It's essentially the will to grow every day.

My Father, the Secret Cocaine Addict

Substance.com | Posted 06.13.2014 | Women
Substance.com

By the time I started high school, I realized there was something I didn't know about my dad. He spent hours in the basement, took long bathroom trips and would abruptly leave conversations. I watched him and I began to follow him, culminating in my discovery.

Why Befriending Your Ambivalence Can Help You Change

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

It might sound surprising then to hear that ambivalence can actually be the key to supporting your own change or someone else's. You could choose to view these thoughts as "caving" or undermining your resolve. Or you could embrace these thoughts and feelings as a natural occurrence of ambivalence, completely expected in most change processes.

The Days of Our Lives, One Day at a Time

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.01.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Unfortunately, CBT is not readily available to everyone who might benefit from the therapy. It's rarely used in settings where addicts are typically treated, in large part because there are not enough well-trained therapists to meet the need.

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.

What The White House Task Force On College Sexual Assault Doesn't Say

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Collegiate decision makers can and must take responsibility for protecting their students. And to do this -- they can and must tackle excessive alcohol and other drug use. Until they do, all other interventions and policy changes will merely result in better reporting and fairer handling of truly tragic sexual and other violent assaults that could and should have been prevented in the first place.

Test and Report: Bad for Children and Families

Emma S. Ketteringham | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Emma S. Ketteringham

Rather than urge the state to funnel more children into an already overwhelmed foster care system, states should be encouraged to address the factors that are more directly related to adverse outcomes for children.

Are All Fiction Writers Tormented?

Steven Petite | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

Choosing to be a writer would be like deciding to board the Titanic with the knowledge of what would inevitably happen when it hits the iceberg.

Are You Certain That Your Lawyer Is Not Impaired?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I have written a number of articles about the negative impact that certain "types" of attorneys have made on our "system of justice." The first articl...

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.

How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Mona Shattell

How does one go about an interdisciplinary project spanning art and science? How might this look? we set out to explore how mental health advocacy, video game design, and documentary filmmaking could come together to enhance understanding and fight stigma about mental illness.

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

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.

Why I'm Breaking Up With the Word 'Addict'

Meghan Ralston | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

"Addict'" is one of those words that so many of us use, largely without pausing to wonder if we should. We just take for granted that it's totally OK to describe a human being with one word, "addict" -- a word with overwhelmingly negative connotations to many people.

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.

Bad News For America's Largest Housing Co-Op

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.20.2014 | College

Members of the North America's largest housing cooperative are mourning the loss of their home at the University of California, Berkeley after its ove...

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.

Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Science
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

In a few weeks, a powerful new opioid painkiller called Zohydro is expected to hit the market. Zohydro's easily crushed capsules will contain up to 50 milligrams of pure hydrocodone, 10 times more hydrocodone than a regular Vicodin. One capsule will pack enough to kill a child.

Does Jesus Heal Drug Addicts? I Almost Gave Up on My Drug-addict Mother, But Then I Discovered That God Never Gives Up

Romal Tune | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Romal Tune

I never thought the Bible had anything to say about addiction. It's not something that I ever heard preached or read in the Bible.

The Secret to Changing Rebellious Teens

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Linda Esposito, LCSW

But once you reboot your relationship to rules, your teen will change his rebellious ways. Your power lies in what you can control -- your own behavior.

'I Started Self-Medicating Just To Make It Through The Day'

Posted 02.02.2014 | Divorce

Written by Shanon Lee for DivorcedMoms.com Months before I made the decision to leave, for the final time, I found myself in a recurrent pattern of...

Using Drugs to Belong, Drinking to Manage Depression: Chiara de Blasio Tells Her Story of Substance Abuse

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Chiara sounds like so many young people who struggle with belonging, or who hide feelings of depression or anxiety. She used pot and alcohol to manage emotional pain that she didn't know what else to do with. Her parents care, and so do so many parents. But alcohol and drugs are out there.

Health Issues at Root of Swollen Jails and Prisons; Solutions are in Diversion Programs

Dr. Timothy P. Condon | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Dr. Timothy P. Condon

The immense volume of people flooding criminal justice systems in the U.S. demands effective policy responses from governments at all levels. Effective diversion models need to be shared widely and expanded.