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Labor Day Lookouts: Beware of Nature-Loving Ticks

Connie Bennett | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Connie Bennett

Be careful as you venture out into nature this Labor Day Weekend. Watch out for nature-loving, disease-carrying ticks which can transmit Lyme disease.

Examining the Viability of Substance Abuse Treatment Today

Deni Carise | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Regarding rehabilitation programs, defining successful substance abuse treatment as one that produces 100 percent abstinence for the rest of a person's life is a naïve and useless benchmark.

Lindsay Lohan: Easy to Be Hard

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Joan Rivers is right about Lindsay Lohan. Sadly, her comment that Ms. Lohan will not survive another ten years of her current lifestyle appears reasonable and prescient.

An Open Letter to Lindsay Lohan: You need the right kind of friends

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Dear Lindsay, Anyone who isn't living under a rock has already heard you were sentenced to 90 days in the LA County Jail for violating your DUI proba...

Drunk Writers Were Better Sober, Says Psychiatrist

The Independent | John von Radowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

While many artists and writers were famous for substance abuse, most produced their greatest works while not intoxicated, according to the psychiatris...

Sentencing Cameron Douglas -- Or, the Selective Implementation of the War on Drugs

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

What if judges routinely and consistently departed from sentencing guidelines? What impact could it have on the composition of the inmate population nationwide?

Steelers Trade Santonio Holmes to Jets: Should Roethlisberger Pack his Bags Too?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dexter Rogers

The Steelers seem to be cleaning house. They are ridding themselves of troubled players who don't fit the Steeler mold. Well, if that's the case then Roethlisberger should start packing his bags as well.

J.D. Glass, Once Homeless Himself, Now An Advocate For The Homeless

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Last year, J.D. Glass was living in the woods in Virginia, wrestling with alcoholism so severe that he was on the brink of death. When Glass reached o...

Over Half Of Detroit Homeless Population At Risk Of Dying On City Streets

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The homeless in Detroit face a dire situation. The Detroit Free Press reports, that living on the streets puts more than half of them at risk for dyin...

What Healthcare Reform Means for Substance Abuse Treatment

Deni Carise | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Now that an estimated 95 percent of the country's legal population will have healthcare coverage, we're likely to see a marked increase in the number of people seeking help for substance abuse.

The Good News Within the President's Health Reform Proposal

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

While there has been much debate in Congress and in the media about health care reform, the administration's proposal contains good news for those of us engaged in preventing and ending homelessness.

Loving Our Children Is Not Enough

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

What parents do and don't do, say and don't say, provide their children with the experiences that their children interpret into beliefs. Those beliefs affect their lives for better or for worse.

The Drunks And Drug Addicts Of Literature (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A few weeks ago, LIFE set up a gallery of the biggest drunks and drug addicts in literature. It's no secret that many of the greatest authors througho...

New York Center for Children Offers Hope after Child Abuse

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

The next benefit for the New York Center for Children is Tuesday night, Feb. 2. Called "A Toast to The New York Center for Children," the travel auc...

The Kids Are All Right -- They Didn't Become Addicts

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The Kids Are All Right is a joint memoir by four Welch children after their parents died in the 1980s. The book is spearheaded by the second eldest daughter, Liz, a journalist who now lives in Brooklyn.

Phoenix House Helps Troubled Teens Rise From The Ashes With Music

Kara DioGuardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kara DioGuardi

As I've seen how music has changed my life and that of others, I'm energized and want to do more. I believe music can build self-esteem and deal with problems relating to anxiety and depression - which often underlie substance abuse.

Veterans: Casualties of the Drug War

Daniel Robelo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

It's a sad day in America when, instead of being offered compassion and treatment, veterans struggling with substance abuse and PTSD as a result of their service are locked up for these conditions.

Brittany Murphy and the Hollywood Fishbowl

Ruth Fowler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ruth Fowler

If I ever started abusing substances again it will be because I have an irresistible and distorted urge to enjoy illicit substances 'recreationally,' 'without harm.' The sad thing is River, Heath, DJ AM and Brittany probably thought the same.

Is Relapse Part Of Recovery?

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

Relapse is common when the alcoholic/addict has not had enough recovery under their belt through 12-step meetings, sponsorship, counseling or their own personal determination to rely on an arsenal of "tools" to ward off the relapse demon.

Project Prevention Encourages Addicts Not To Have Children

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

An estimated 11-15% of babies are exposed to drugs or alcohol in utero. Many of these babies are born with addictions or physical disabilities. For ye...

Shelter To Give Long-Term Care To Women And Children

Huffington Post | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Bryan Anderson and Kathy Allen took a home in Salina, Kan., originally built in 1910, fixed it up, and are turning it into a shelter for pregnant and ...

Where is Mental Health in Health Care Reform?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Have you heard a word about mental health in the deluge of discussions that populate health reform communications on TV, radio and newspapers? Have you seen any mention in Federal legislative offerings?

The Roller Coaster Relationship With An Alcoholic/Addict: When Do You Get Off the Ride?

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

I have compiled what I call The Pyramid of Change; 6 phases of the alcoholic/addict from the beginnings of irresponsible behavior to full blown wreckage.

Kids and Self Esteem: The Real Deal

Donna Fish | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Fish

How do you as a parent help give your kids the skills to do their best, which involves trying over and over and over?

Like Lottery Winners, Pro Athletes Also Blow Big Money

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Even as a structured settlement consultant, I was stunned to learn that within two years of retirement, 78 percent of NFL players are bankrupt or under financial stress.