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Substance Abuse

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.

Soul-Talk: You Don't Have To Be An Addict To Recover

Russell Bishop | Posted 05.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

While the distinction between addict and addictive behavior may seem like splitting hairs, successful recovery may in fact lie in a seemingly-small distinction.

Keeping Alcohol in the Spotlight: 6 Facts

Deni Carise | Posted 05.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Cocaine, heroin and now prescription drugs continue to occupy the headlines -- as indeed they should -- but alcohol deserves the same attention. Our nation's alcohol problem may not seem as scandalous, but it's just as serious.

Prescription Painkillers: When They Stop Helping And Start Hurting

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Sadly, these signs of becoming addicted to a prescription painkiller often go unnoticed. That is why it is important to monitor changes that take place after a painkiller is prescribed.

State Budget Needs a "Rendezvous" With Women's Reality, Too

K. Sujata | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Women and girls are already receiving such a wafer-thin slice of the pie, and there's no room to trim it further without creating a domino effect that will hurt women, their families and their communities.

Dealing With Alcoholism In America

Harris Zafar | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Harris Zafar

Many frivolously argue they are 'social drinkers' who only consume one or two drinks. Every alcoholic began as a social drinker and never set out with an intention to become an alcoholic.

Oath of Office Is a Political/Medical Thriller

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Michael Palmer's latest, Oath of Office, takes a look at the nation's food crops and how they might be manipulated, and then combines that with a tale of people gone berserk.