Sober Fun for the Fourth of July

It’s Independence Day, and even though it has the temerity and bad timing to arrive mid-week – demolishing any hope of squeezing a three-day or even a four-day weekend out of it – chances are you will want to celebrate. You can, even if you [...]

Sober Fun for the Fourth of July2019-10-11T18:53:11+00:00

Drug Smugglers, Addiction More of a Threat than Undocumented Workers

Methamphetamine is smuggled into US in automobiles and trucks. (US Customs and Border Protection photo via Wikimedia commons) What’s the greater threat facing the United States from over the Mexican border: illicit drugs or undocumented immigrants? To the US executive branch, the answer [...]

Drug Smugglers, Addiction More of a Threat than Undocumented Workers2019-07-01T15:42:46+00:00

Learning from Opioid Epidemic Missteps

The existentialist philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Or maybe, as William James remembered it, "We live forwards but we understand backwards". The point is that life is not a mathematical equation or, if it [...]

Learning from Opioid Epidemic Missteps2019-07-01T15:40:53+00:00

Rehab Addiction Treatment Industry Hurt by Bad Players

  (Pixabay) There are a series of television ads currently running in which a man in doctor's scrubs urges you to call a number for addiction services. Lately, the ads have gotten more belligerent. The man says something like, "You know who I [...]

Rehab Addiction Treatment Industry Hurt by Bad Players2019-10-11T18:45:52+00:00

Is Smoking Tobacco a Mental Illness as Well as an Addiction?

(Pixabay) It cannot be repeated too often that about half the people with a substance use disorder also have a mental illness or, more correctly, another mental illness. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), "drug addiction is a mental illness." When [...]

Is Smoking Tobacco a Mental Illness as Well as an Addiction?2019-07-01T15:42:45+00:00

Marijuana Can Cause Nausea

Last month a study was published—and widely written about in the media—about a medical condition associated with chronic marijuana use: scromiting. More precisely and often known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), the catchier name is a portmanteau word combining screaming and vomiting. Actually, screaming doesn't [...]

Marijuana Can Cause Nausea2019-06-26T12:32:45+00:00

Opioid Abuse Declines Where Medical Marijuana is Legal, New Studies Show

(Pixabay) Advocates for legal marijuana have just received additional support that not only isn't marijuana necessarily harmful to you, its legalization could save lives and help curtail the opioid epidemic. Two reports in JAMA Internal Medicine -- one by the National Academy of [...]

Opioid Abuse Declines Where Medical Marijuana is Legal, New Studies Show2019-07-09T18:52:46+00:00

Easter Is a Time for Rebirth, Renewal, and Recovery from Substance Abuse

(Pixabay) Easter is a time of rebirth, renewal. Not only because it's the Christian's commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but also because (in the northern hemisphere) it's the early days of Spring following the vernal equinox, and the setting for many [...]

Easter Is a Time for Rebirth, Renewal, and Recovery from Substance Abuse2018-03-29T20:21:41+00:00

Maine Governor Blocks Valuable Tool for Preventing Drug Overdose Deaths

(Pixabay) There's an old proverb that begins, "For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost." It describes a chain of causation that culminates in disaster, from the loss of a man's life to [...]

Maine Governor Blocks Valuable Tool for Preventing Drug Overdose Deaths2019-07-01T15:42:44+00:00