Changing Our Perspectives on Mental Illness and Health

Addicts and those with co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD are frequently overwhelmed by shame. This is not just an internal issue of being ashamed of past behaviors.

Why AA is Bad Science…and What It Means for Treatment

Why then is AA’s 12-step model the “go to” treatment choice for most Americans? The answer is simple—for most of its history, AA really was the only treatment available for addicts and alcoholics.

How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many

While it is true that OxyContin abuse is decreasing, the epidemic of prescription drug abuse hasn’t gone away.

Repairing Broken Women and Men

As an addiction treatment professional, I would make the case that substance abuse and addiction are almost entirely preventable.

The Risks of College Age Drinking

There are now 135 Collegiate Recovery communities on campuses all over the country. They are geared to support students in recovery from addiction who are seeking a degree in higher education by sharing the goals of providing personal support, preventing occurrences of relapse, and promoting academic performance.

Is There a Link Between Intelligence and Mental Illness?

Plagued by mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar polar disorder, and schizophrenia, are a host of artists, writers and famous people throughout history.

The Truth about Pain Relief

Opioids are pain medications including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl or hydrocodone.

Understanding Why You Can’t Get to Sleep

Education and alternative therapies can provide healthy solutions to sleep abnormalities. Talk to a healthcare professional for additional information about getting a proper night’s sleep, safely and naturally.

New Sleep Guidelines to Keep Youth Healthy

Without regular age appropriate amounts of sleep, adolescents are at risk for developing a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, weight change, and sometimes insomnia.

The Teenage Brain on Drugs

One way to look at addiction is to consider it a form of learning, a type of learning that is extremely effective in its ability to affect the adolescent brain, report researchers working under an NIH grant.

Danger to Gay Men Huffing Poppers

Participants in a new study have reported a small but growing and worrisome trend among some gay American men.

How Alcohol Advertising Affects Adolescents

Remember all those great Super Bowl ads for beer? According to a study by researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youth was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking.

Alcohol, Marijuana, and Motor Vehicle Accidents

Alcohol and marijuana are among the drugs most commonly used by adolescents and young adults.

Write Your Story, Improve Your Health

Studies have shown that writing about yourself and your personal experiences can improve mood disorders, improve health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Potential of Psilocybin in Mental Health Therapy

Over the past 50 years, tens of millions of people have used entheogens, yet there just is not much scientific evidence on either positive or negative long-term effects of these substances. The classical psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, etc.) are not known to cause brain damage and are regarded as non-addictive.

It’s Harder for Women to Quit Smoking Than It Is for Men

Women are at an increased risk of relapse after a smoking cessation attempt. Research indicates that both the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle and the negative symptomatology experienced while quitting play a role during smoking cessation and can influence outcomes.

Recovery and Resilience Connection

Resilience is defined as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity. Learning to become more resilient can offer individuals the opportunity to improve their life, maximizing potential and success.

The Neurological Differences in Men and Women Smokers

Talk to your physician for information on alternative smoking cessation programs. Individual plans can offer long-term success and a healthier lifestyle. It is never too late to benefit from quitting the habit of smoking and reduce the associated health risks.

Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines

Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines

The Move Away from Abstinence Based Addiction Treatment

The face of addiction treatment is changing, and not for the better.

The Health Risks of Binge Drinking

Drinkers generally understand how binge drinking alters behavior. However, more than behavior changes with intoxication. Binge drinking is a significant cause of accidents. It increases the risk of falls, burns, gunshot wounds, car accidents, arguments and poisoning.

Changing Rules for Reporting Clinical Trial Results

Changing Rules for Reporting Clinical Trial Results

Think Before You Drink

Many New Year's revelers get into trouble because they generally do not recognize that critical driving-related skills and decision-making abilities are diminished long before the obvious physical signs of intoxication.

Why You Should Learn and Practice Yoga

Yoga is a balanced practice of physical exercise, breathing control and meditation that can reduce psychosocial distress as well as improve cardiovascular and cognitive function. Yoga may prove to be a practical adjunct to a healthy lifestyle, according to research.

The War on Weed is Over

The war on weed pursued by countless law enforcement personnel since at least the 1960s is effectively over.

The Danger of Drinking to Blackout

Someone who has had a blackout while drinking cannot remember part of their drinking episode. Unfortunately, most people do not understand how dangerous blackouts are, yet up to 50% of drinkers may have an alcohol-related blackout (ARB).

NFL Injuries Leading to Medication Abuse

NFL injuries are treated with pain medications by team doctors. Are the players being responsibly medicated? Are they treated in ways that are for their benefit or in the team’s best interest?

Medicating When It Is Not Needed

Sadly, many of the brightest, most creative children are misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or OCD. As a result, many often receive medication needlessly along with inappropriate and ineffective counseling.

Can You Thrive After Childhood Trauma?

A person can survive traumatic events and be scarred for the rest of their life. Trauma affects children particularly profoundly. Children do not just get over trauma; they live with the consequences for a lifetime.

Proving the Benefits of Meditation

Mindful meditation is a type of meditation (which is an exercise of deep, prolonged concentration) during which any feelings, emotions or thoughts are experienced as and when they arise during the exercise, opposed to after the meditation finishes.

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