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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.

Marijuana: The Tide Has Turned... Now What?

Howard Meitiner | Posted 03.10.2014 | Green
Howard Meitiner

If legalization is indeed inevitable, we must prepare for the consequences: Usage will go up. It already has as a result of the widespread legalization of medical marijuana.

Expanding Background Checks Necessary, But Not Enough

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Merely expanding background checks is not enough. We must strengthen the system itself so that individuals with a history of dangerous behavior can no longer clear its low bar.

Size of Rebuild at Orleans Parish Prison Is Scrutinized

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.31.2014 | Crime
Susan Buchanan

The jail's giant, new high-tech kitchen can serve between 25,000 to 30,000 meals a day--far more than three squares meals needed for nearly 2,400 inmates now. Meanwhile, the Phase II jail will be able to house 1,438 inmates.

Holiday Stress Can Amplify Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

In many respects, it is the most joyous time of year and should remain that way for your family. Still, the holidays serve as a perfect opportunity for parents to spend more time with their children and address alarming behaviors you may have missed during the year.

Obama Administration: Insurance Must Cover Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration announced new rules on Friday that will require insurers to cover the treatment of mental health and substance abuse in the s...

Cause, Effect and Breaking Cycles

Pamme Boutselis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Pamme Boutselis

By the time, he was a young teen he weighed in at around 300 lbs., learned his father had drank and drugged away his college fund and felt he had little prospect for any type of a real future. Cause and effect.

Children Away at School: Warning to Children and Parents

Saul Segan | Posted 12.03.2013 | Crime
Saul Segan

The calendar had made it to fall and the common trauma of bidding the kids farewell has taken its place among the emotional realities of life. Those w...

Reflecting a Dark Future in the Crystal Ball

Joe Putignano | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

I've never judged anyone for using drugs. How could I? I find it oddly intelligent for people to gravitate to those things that make them feel whole; however, as with most drugs, meth becomes a prison made of molecules, locking the user in.

Baseball and Steroids: What's the Big Deal?

Deni Carise | Posted 11.12.2013 | Sports
Deni Carise

While steroid use may improve a player's chance of hitting that next home run or breaking the sprint record, even the brief examination of unacceptable costs to athletes, to future hopeful athletes who look up to them, and to sports itself leaves me wondering what's so good about being "enhanced"?

Reevaluating Drug Courts: No Mother Should Have to Go Through What I Did

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

No mother should have to face what I've had to -- the death of a promising and cherished son. We need to hold drug courts accountable to protect everyone who needs them. No one should face punishment for seeking lifesaving treatment.