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Substance Abuse

'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 ...

The Madness of Meth

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 12.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Out-of-control behavior, irresponsible actions and the ability to substantially screw up one's life knows no boundaries between the use of alcohol or drugs.

Judy Collins Discusses Life, Love -- And Music

The Huffington Post | Debra Ollivier and Evan Allis | Posted 12.18.2011 | Fifty

Abbie Hoffman praised her, Crosby, Stills & Nash sang about her and the Clintons named their daughter after her recording of "Chelsea Morning." But th...

Why Wine Doesn't Always Ensure Wellness

macon.com | MarketWatch | Posted 12.11.2011 | Fifty

As baby boomers approach their golden years, they are embracing wellness and wine -- two things that don't always go together. While a glass of red...

Substance, Behavioral Addictions Among Boomers Set To Triple By 2020

Posted 12.05.2011 | Fifty

The aging boomer population -- which is now facing financial strain, job loss, declining health, and grieving the death of a parent -- has some addict...

Recovery Month 2011: Getting Rid Of Addiction Stigma

Kimberly Williams | Posted 12.02.2011 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Williams

We now have an opportunity to shift the emphasis to the problem rather than the person. Let us correct our perception of those who abuse substances to reflect current understandings that support humane, non-judgmental and comprehensive treatment.

Unemployment Takes A Mental And Emotional Toll

The Washington Post | MICHELLE HIRSCH and ERIC PIANIN | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

Joel Sarfati, a counselor for the Washington area’s long-term unemployed, has seen it all: Foreclosures, substance abuse, family battles and – wor...

Exploiting Marijuana to Survive 'Survivor'

Howard Meitiner | Posted 11.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Howard Meitiner

When I learned that a medical marijuana dispensary owner with an MBA was going to be a contestant on the new season of "Survivor," I was interested in how this individual might address his controversial career on the show.

How Utah Will Soon END Chronic Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 11.30.2011 | Impact

Though a recent congressional report announced recession-driven rises in poverty rates in 46 states, Utah is coming close to achieving its 10-year goa...

Amy Winehouse: A Lesson for Kids

Bruce Kluger | Posted 09.26.2011 | Entertainment
Bruce Kluger

It was my older daughter who broke the news of Winehouse's death to me, and I could instantly detect her confusion about it all, as if it somehow didn't compute.

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.