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Substance Abuse

The Election Reminds Us That Our Political System Is Failing Addicted and Mentally Ill Individuals

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
David Sack, M.D.

The simple fact is that just about everyone knows someone -- a loved one, a friend, a co-worker -- with a mental health or addiction issue. Nevertheless, politicians routinely ignore the need to treat these populations.

Study Analyzes Effect Of NYC-Family Rewards Program On Parents And Their Teenage Children

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

To get low-income teenagers to spend more time on school work, a new study suggests that schools should pay them. A recent study released by MDRC a...

WATCH: Substance Abuse Rampant In Military

Posted 09.27.2012 | World

HuffPost Live's Alicia Menendez explores why the Pentagon's methods for dealing with substance abuse aren't working and what soldiers need to help the...

The Meaning of Addiction Has Changed -- Addiction is Not a Characteristic of Things

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Virtually anything can be addictive for the "right" person at the "right" time -- one of stress or disorientation, when that experience holds out significant and powerful associations for the person, when the person is not inclined or able to be restrained.

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.

The Great Debate: Is Marijuana Addictive?

Posted 09.10.2012 | Fifty

Marijuana ranked number one in a recent article on the top five most commonly abused prescription drugs used by post 50s. According to a 2011 report f...

Prepaid Card For Addicts Curbs Gateway Drug: Cash

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 08.31.2012 | Money

To help addicts stay clean and sober, one prepaid card company is hoping to help them avoid a gateway drug: cash. A new card called Next Step, sch...

Hot and Cold on Homelessness

Amanda Andere | Posted 10.21.2012 | DC
Amanda Andere

Summer's scorching days mean it's time to plan for the cold. Our Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program help the homeless in our community survive the winter weather.

The Curse of Celebrity

Howard Meitiner | Posted 10.16.2012 | Celebrity
Howard Meitiner

So when the Enquirer painstakingly chronicles that an allegedly drug-addled Culkin "was clutching his stomach, made a face, and then spit up, not once, but twice" -- how can this type of excessive media exposure possibly help Culkin deal with his problems?

Affordable Care Act Upheld: A Big Win for Addiction Treatment

Deni Carise | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

I could not be more ecstatic about the Court's decision. This is a big win for our country, and especially for those struggling with addiction, their families, and those of us who are dedicated to substance abuse treatment.

Those With Addiction Neglected by U.S. Medical System

William H. Foster, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
William H. Foster, Ph.D.

Addiction is the most neglected disease in the United States medical system. Disagree with this statement? Consider the following.

'Teen Mom': Amber Portwood's Daughter Visits Her In Rehab

Posted 06.27.2012 | TV

While the next chapter of their sad story is already known, Amber Portwood and her daughter Leah did share a touching moment this week on "Teen Mom" (...

The Rise Of The 'Good Grade' Pill

New York Times | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education

He steered into the high school parking lot, clicked off the ignition and scanned the scraps of his recent weeks. Crinkled chip bags on the dashboard....

NY Marijuana Decriminalization: A Step in the Right Direction

Howard Meitiner | Posted 08.07.2012 | Crime
Howard Meitiner

Reverend Al Sharpton was correct in praising Cuomo's marijuana proposal as "a step in the right direction," but it is only the first of many steps that need to be taken to address drug abuse in our state and our nation.

Bigger Than Bath Salts

Subhash Kateel | Posted 08.01.2012 | Miami
Subhash Kateel

Mention Miami this week and the first thing people will talk about is the "zombie" attack. Once the Twitterverse finishes with the jokes, look into the lives of both men and it stops being funny and starts being sad.

Never Fear, the New DSM Won't 'Create More Addicts'

Deni Carise | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

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.

Veterans, Addiction and PTSD: Let's Talk About It

Margaret Stone | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
Margaret Stone

The question I face about our work is, "Doesn't the VA handle this?" The Department of Veterans Affairs works tirelessly to address the mental health needs of vets, but the reality is that it can't provide care to all those who have served.

Fighting Addiction

Evan Jarschauer | Posted 06.19.2012 | Impact
Evan Jarschauer

There is hope! The most important thing for families battling with substance abuse and mental health-related issues to have is hope and know they are not alone.

Alcohol in the Workplace: Cool Trend or Risky Policy?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Is making alcohol available at the workplace justified by arguments such as long work hours, the blending of work and home life, or the expectation that employees will act responsibly? I would argue that it is not.

The Most Dangerous Type of Facebook Photos

Gina Scarpino | Posted 06.02.2012 | Teen
Gina Scarpino

After being exposed to pictures on Facebook of drinking or illegal drug use, some teens feel the need to try it. But posting pictures that show minors drinking or using drugs could get you into trouble.

What Kids Learn from the Media about Drinking

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 05.26.2012 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Kids and teens get all sorts of messages about drinking and drugs from the media -- but do these messages impact their behavior?

The Situation Speaks Out About Rehab Rumors

AP | Posted 03.21.2012 | Celebrity

NEW YORK -- The party is on hold for The Situation. The "Jersey Shore" cast member is getting treatment for prescription medication use. Mike Sorrent...

The Situation Checks Into Rehab

Posted 03.21.2012 | Celebrity

UPDATE 2: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino further clarified his tweet telling fans not to believe everything they read, explaining why he voluntarily...

The Situation Enters Rehab

Posted 03.20.2012 | Celebrity

"The Situation" is in rehab for substance abuse ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell TMZ the "Jersey Shore" star -- aka Mike Sorrentino -- has checked...

Michigan Needs Early Intervention to Reduce Violent Crime

Thomas Stallworth | Posted 05.13.2012 | Detroit
Thomas Stallworth

Gov. Snyder should be applauded for the crime response efforts in his "smart justice" initiative; however, it fails to commit enough resources toward referring troubled youth to preventive and therapeutic resources.