Alcohol Abuse

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has a Dual Diagnosis Problem

David Sheff (Steve Carell, right) helps his meth addict son Nic (Timothee Chalamet) into rehab in Beautiful Boy. (Official web page) Films based on true events, whether personal stories or great historical moments, are nevertheless often factually challenged. Such films—A Beautiful Mind, Hidden [...]

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has a Dual Diagnosis Problem2019-07-01T19:25:59+00:00

Regulating Smoking and Vaping: A Tale of Two Vices

Vaping may be safer than smoking, but is it safe? (Pixabay) In 2016 the-US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. It was intended as akin to an earlier Surgeon General’s 1964 [...]

Regulating Smoking and Vaping: A Tale of Two Vices2018-11-20T19:59:43+00:00

Opioid Overdose Suicide Rates Show Need for Routine Dual Diagnosis

Photo courtesy of Pixabay As hard as it may be to believe, we still have a lot of privacy in this country. For instance, when you die, it isn’t always clear how you died. If your heart is stopped and there are no [...]

Opioid Overdose Suicide Rates Show Need for Routine Dual Diagnosis2019-07-01T15:42:46+00:00

Sometimes ‘Good Enough’ is the Best Substance Abuse Treatment

(Pixabay) There’s a saying often attributed to Voltaire (though similar antecedents date back to Shakespeare and even Confucius) that is often translated or paraphrased: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” It was sometimes used in politics to urge compromise [...]

Sometimes ‘Good Enough’ is the Best Substance Abuse Treatment2018-10-29T19:39:38+00:00

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 Rehab2019-07-17T16:04:06+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 July2019-06-26T14:25:50+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
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