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Substance Abuse

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...

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?