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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.

Let's Get Honest About Our Drug Use

Tony Newman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Tony Newman

Let's have an honest conversation about our personal drug use, why we use drugs, and how the war on drugs impacts us, our families and society. Please answer the questions below and reflect with me.

Booze, Binging and the Devil You Don't Know

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.21.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Drinkers clearly expect that alcohol will dampen the effects of stress -- they often drink for precisely that reason -- but in fact this dynamic is poorly understood.

Drinking Can Kill You -- Especially If You're a Woman!

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Understanding exactly why alcoholism is so much more lethal among women as compared to men will require further study. For now, these findings should amount to a red flag for women -- and not only those who are alcoholics.

Value of Social Science Research Often Measured by What You Don't See

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

It is doubtful that social science researchers will ever see the types of commercial applications and profits of the innovations from space research or simulation technology. But that does not mean we do not have value.

Are Alcoholism and Addiction in Our Blood?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Probably the best information we have about the hereditability of alcoholism comes from studies of twins, and specifically those that compare identical twins with fraternal twins.

MotherWoman Saved My Life. You Can Help Save a Mom's Life Too.

MotherWoman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

MotherWoman saved my life, my identity and my motherhood. MotherWoman was my missing piece, the place where I found myself and was given permission to...

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.

Living Sober

Gabrielle Bernstein | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Gabrielle Bernstein

I was recently interviewed by my friend Tommy Rosen for his conference, Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction. In this video, Tommy and I chat about my path to recovery and how living sober has supported my life.

Are We Drinking Too Much?

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

Alcohol is the one unregulated, accepted drug we have in our society, and I do believe it's being abused. But since drinking is so socially acceptable, and everyone's doing it -- including high-functioning and motivated movers and shakers -- no one's questioning it.

Understanding Food Addiction

Tennie McCarty | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Tennie McCarty

Like an addiction to drugs or alcohol, food addicts will struggle to simply stop their addictive behavior, even when the behavior leads to weight gain, or damages relationships.

Rejecting Addiction Over and Over Again

Therese Borchard | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

It's been 24 years since I used vodka like aspirin -- to numb my pain. In fact, I've been sober 22 years more than I drank, since I quit before I was old enough to buy the stuff. So my brain should be used to ordering Perrier and shaking my head politely as the Merlot bottle comes my way.

Homes for the Homeless: How You Can Help

Joe Moreno | Posted 05.27.2013 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

Once you dig into the numbers, the picture becomes even uglier. People tend to have an image/stereotype of what homelessness looks like, and as is the often the case with stereotypes, they are dead wrong.

I'm Sick of Alcoholism

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Boykin

I used to get really angry with the alcoholics who relapsed. I'd see them shirking their responsibilities just as my father had shirked his. But, as I got older, I began to see that no shirking was really involved. Alcoholism is a powerful foe.

Yoga: How We Serve Veterans and People With Substance Abuse

Rob Schware | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with John Morgan, an Army veteran in recovery from alcohol abuse. John's yoga service began on Veterans Day 2012 at a treatment center in eastern Connecticut for veterans, active duty personnel, and dependents.

How to Think Like a Winner When You Feel Like a Loser

Lili Balfour | Posted 05.21.2013 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

As entrepreneurs, we must constantly arm ourselves with the tools needed to maintain our sanity and thrive. We must constantly remind ourselves that the darkest hour is just before the dawn.

NFL Drug-Tested Kirk Cousins WHERE?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.14.2013 | Sports

Imagine Granny's reaction when an NFL official showed up at her house and told her grandson, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, to pee in a cup and fo...

5 Things Parents Do That May Encourage Teen Substance Abuse

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
David Sack, M.D.

Well-meaning parents sometimes do things that unwittingly encourage their teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Is there room for improvement in your parenting practices?

The Most Successful People Who Have Tried Drugs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.01.2013 | Business

You probably don't equate drug use with success, but some of America's most successful stars have indeed puffed, inhaled, sniffed and more. Here's a t...