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Substance Abuse

Response to 2011 National Drug Control Strategy

Deni Carise | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Deni Carise

Having finally officially ended our own "War on Drugs," can we also end the war on substance abusers by removing the barriers that prevent far too many from receiving the care they need?

Facing The Realities Of Substance Use And Recovery

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

A number of developments should, I think, make us aware that returning to zero-tolerance is an Edenesque ideal not likely to be realized in our lifetimes, nor those of our children or grandchildren.

Do Luxury Rehab Centers Offer Better Care?

Deni Carise | Posted 08.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

An addiction treatment center like Promises will probably remain out of reach for most of us. But does a lower price tag mean lower quality care? I can assure you that the answer is no.

Making Reunification Possible For Families Split By Foster Care

Michael Piraino | Posted 08.13.2011 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Reunification in many cases is a testament to the exceptionally hard work by parents to overcome cycles of abuse, drugs and violence, and to recreate bonds with their children.

How Do You Discuss Your Child's Substance Abuse Problem With Your Other Kids?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 08.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Whether your child is in grade school or college, the discussion about their sibling's substance abuse issues is difficult, but a responsible parent realizes the importance of an honest, open exchange of ideas with all family members.

Sobriety Doesn't Deserve Stigma

Howard Meitiner | Posted 08.01.2011 | Healthy Living
Howard Meitiner

Of the millions of people in recovery, few talk about it. The brave individuals who do speak up about their recovery journeys are taking important steps to remove this stigma.

Are Wet Houes A Solution For Alcoholics?

Deni Carise | Posted 07.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

We have to find a way to keep people safe while still giving them hope, even if they aren't quite ready to quit using.

Why Addiction Recovery Is Possible At Any Age

Deni Carise | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home
Deni Carise

It's easy to look at young people and imagine them overcoming addiction, but it's important to realize that anyone -- regardless of age -- can get better.

It Gets Better Because We Grow Stronger: An Interview With Leading Gay Men's Health Expert Dr. Ron Stall

Jim Pickett | Posted 06.28.2011 | Chicago
Jim Pickett

Why, 30 years into the AIDS crisis, are rates of HIV highest among young gay men, particularly men of color? I interviewed Dr. Ron Stall, a leading HIV prevention expert.

Why I'm Rooting For Erik Ainge

Deni Carise | Posted 06.05.2011 | Home
Deni Carise

In a candid ESPN interview, Ainge recounted his struggles with addiction since the age of 11. Showing tremendous courage, he opened up about the heavy drinking and drugging that all but cost him his life.

Ready, Willing, & Able Celebrates 20th Year

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Attiyya Anthony

The men and women who graduated from the Ready, Willing & Able program (RWA) have met the requirements to become self-sufficient contributing members of society.

Do You Have An Emotional Traffic Jam In Your Brain? 6 Ways To Unsnarl It

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Sometimes one can be exhausted before getting out of bed in the morning. Life on life's terms. Suiting up and showing up can be a great effort, and it's twice as difficult if your loved one is struggling with substance abuse issues.

Treatment Is Gaining Favor, But There's Still Work To Be Done

Howard Meitiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Howard Meitiner

I'm saying that sending a non-violent individual to prison for drug possession accomplishes the exact opposite of our goal: it turns that individual into a criminal.

Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld & Pierre Berge Talk Substance Abuse

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Women's Wear Daily talked to various members of the fashion community about the pressures associated with designing jobs, after John Galliano's dismis...

Protecting Those Who Served

Maria Cuomo Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maria Cuomo Cole

Support of armed services personnel, during and after their active duty, is a commitment more important than all others. We turned our backs on American service men and women who deserve much better.

Global Drug Trafficking Trends

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With the increased influence of the Internet, the production of so-called "designer drugs" is soaring out of control throughout muh of the world, a ne...

How to Permanently Reduce State Medicaid and Prison Costs Instead of Postponing and Papering Over Them

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

There are two fiscal gluttons gobbling taxpayer dollars, threatening to starve other public needs like education, and creating budget crises for at least 46 states: Medicaid and prisons.

Why We Should Still Believe In Ted Williams, 'The Golden Voice'

Deni Carise | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

While the media was milking Ted William's rise-to-fame-story, I don't believe enough attention was paid to what was best for him: putting his recovery first.

Rehab For "Terminally Unique" Lawyers

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Iris Erlingsdottir

Whether it is because they are members of a stressful profession or because personalities with a penchant for addictive disorders are drawn to the law, lawyers have twice the addiction rate of the general population.

Talking To Your Kids About Drugs: 4 Healthy Concepts To Consider

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

What are some healthy ways to communicate with your children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol? The first thing one need consider is what kind of relationship the parent or guardian has with the child.

Alcoholics Aren't the Only Ones With Drinking Problems

Deni Carise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Deni Carise

Twenty-five million Americans meet criteria for substance abuse or dependence, a whopping 68 million are classified as "harmful drinkers" (those who consume five or more drinks in a sitting).

What Should We Call People with Mental Illness?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.

Beyond The $1 Trillion To Care For Vets, Emotional Cost Is Huge

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than nine years of war in Afghanistan and seven in Iraq have so far cost America nearly 5,800 lives lost in combat, close to 40,000 wounded and m...

Third World America: Is Living a Normal Life a Political Statement?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

America is going through economic chaos. But a lot of other things are going on, too. There aren't enough of us living normal, stable lives.

Prescription Drug Abuse: States Link Rx Databases To Watch For Abuse

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

RALEIGH, N.C. — Starting next year, dozens of states will begin knitting together databases to watch prescription drug abuse, from powerful pain...