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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...

When You Catch Your Kids Drinking

GalTime | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
GalTime

While drinking is one of the typical risks teens take, don't treat it lightly. And remember, knowing your kid and having open communication are two of the best ways to head off serious trouble, including alcohol abuse.

What The Sequester Could Mean To A Six-Week-Old Baby

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

For some people, the looming possibility of sequester cuts may not be much of a concern. But for young mothers and their infants, it's something that ...

Target Practice for Idiots: 10 Timely Tips From Grasshopper, Master Po and Master Kan

Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC

Who are you using for target practice? And what are your weapons? You know, when you're righteously pissed off, not feeling well or having a moment? ...

Do We Really Care About the Mental Health of Our Teens?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

We need to start a movement where annual mental health assessments are required. I would be more than delighted to be a part of this movement. Why does a mental health issue need to be immobilizing before it is dealt with?

How We Are Failing Our Teenage Boys

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

n my role as a friend and a clinical psychologist, I must say that if I hear the phrase "boys are easier than girls," one more time, I may just bang my very cerebral and emotional head against the hardest wall that I can find. I am frustrated. Parents may believe that teenage boys are easier than girls because they just don't understand their sons. It is as simple and complicated as that.

Mental Health: The Big Elephant in the Room

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Eduardo Garcia

Experts believe that mental health issues should be no different than other chronic conditions, and as such should receive the same level of importance.

STUDY: What Drugs Are Killing Floridians

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 10.26.2012 | Miami

Fewer Floridians are dying from prescription drug abuse for the first time in years and Miami is still a capital of cocaine abuse, according to a newl...

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...