Substance Abuse Treatment at Least as Important as Prevention, Curbing Supply

Heroin is sometimes laced with much stronger fentanyl, leading to increased and accidental overdose deaths. (Pixabay) The US House of Representatives and the Senate have each now passed bipartisan bills to fight the opioid epidemic and overdose (OD) death crisis. The two bills [...]

Substance Abuse Treatment at Least as Important as Prevention, Curbing Supply2018-09-24T20:38:52+00:00

Mac Miller’s Depression and Substance Abuse May Have Been a Dual Diagnosis

Photo of Mac Miller (2017) by Nicolas Völcker (Wikimedia commons) Rapper Mac Miller — who was open about his substance abuse in his music and interviews — died Sept. 7. As of this writing (Sept. 10), the toxicology reports had not been released yet, but no “apparent” [...]

Mac Miller’s Depression and Substance Abuse May Have Been a Dual Diagnosis2019-07-01T15:42:28+00:00

Ben Affleck Suffers Alcohol Relapse, Returns to Rehab

Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly. (Wellcome Images via Wikimedia commons) The importance of family and friends to an addict’s decision to seek recovery should not be under-stressed. While it is true that the addict must want to recover and be willing to do [...]

Ben Affleck Suffers Alcohol Relapse, Returns to Rehab2019-10-30T19:06:57+00:00

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

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

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

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

Staying Safe on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips While in the U.S. St. Patrick's Day is mostly a day to celebrate Irishness and drink green beer, and a great deal of drinking does take place, it doesn't make the top five the worst driving periods of the year [...]

Staying Safe on St. Patrick’s Day2019-08-27T13:58:20+00:00

Give Teens Facts, Not Fiction, about Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

(Pixabay) This is (or was; the week's almost over) National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. It continues through Jan. 28, with local events all over the country (check your community bulletin boards). NDAAW was designed by scientists with the National Institute on Drug [...]

Give Teens Facts, Not Fiction, about Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse2019-07-01T15:42:44+00:00