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Substance Abuse

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.

'Intervention': Will Zeinah Enter Rehab For The Sake Of Her Daughter?

Posted 02.14.2012 | TV

Zeinah was once a promising student, but after she turned to drugs during her parents' divorce she lost her way in life. Her decline was worsened when...

It Wasn't Just the "Pressures of Fame" That Killed Whitney Houston (or Amy Winehouse, or Michael Jackson, or Heath Ledger...)

Spencer Critchley | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment
Spencer Critchley

Until the coroner tells us, we don't know exactly why Whitney Houston died, and even then there will still be much we'll never know -- as always when someone dies. But let's skip the comforting story about the "pressures of fame."

Not Your Father's Drug Prevention Program

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America will welcome more than 2,500 delegates from across the country for the 22nd Annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, MD, just outside Washington. And they have a lot to show for their more than two-decades of work.

Alcohol Crackdown: Brilliant or Insane?

Deni Carise | Posted 03.31.2012 | New York
Deni Carise

Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently proposed cracking down on alcohol sales in an attempt to curb the city's alcohol abuse problem. It's logical that reducing alcohol availability will in turn reduce sales and decrease use and abuse.

Treatment: Because No Life Is Disposable

Howard Meitiner | Posted 03.26.2012 | Crime
Howard Meitiner

It's about time more states recognized that low-level drug users are often victims who need help to fight their addictions. As we've said before, incarceration does the opposite of what we want to accomplish -- it turns those nonviolent users into criminals.

Seniors Binge Drink More Than Any Other Age Group

The Huffington Post | Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 01.12.2012 | Fifty

Next round is on the seniors. A study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), reveals that adults over 65 years ...

The Newest Demographic Of Substance Abuse: The Elderly?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

For older adults, drinking too much and misusing medications are the major substance use problems, affecting as many as 20 percent of them.

Espousal Abuse

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

It's tempting to make fun of Hi, My Name is Jack, the melodramatic memoir of a now sober marketer for Christian ministries and publishers. The book is a soap opera, whose characters have no redeeming virtues.

Teen Drug And Alcohol Use Lowest Among Blacks, Asians

Posted 01.08.2012 | Education

Black and Asian adolescents are much less likely to turn to drugs or alcohol than teens of other races, according to a new study. The survey of ado...

The Power Of Purpose

Spencer Kympton | Posted 01.07.2012 | Impact
Spencer Kympton

After their military service, many veterans struggle to find purpose without the structure, mission and camaraderie of a military unit. It is time we ...