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

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

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

It Takes Greatness to Seek Help for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

  Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. This post originally appeared on January 15, 2018, a day when the United States celebrated the birthday of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a prominent civil rights leader. Given his impressive accomplishments, most people would [...]

It Takes Greatness to Seek Help for Drug and Alcohol Abuse2019-10-11T18:54:16+00:00

Coping with Blue Monday without Alcohol and Drugs

This blog post was originally published in January, 2018. That year, January 15, 2018, the third Monday of the month, was known as Blue Monday. Some people call the day Blue Monday because they consider it the most depressing day of the year. When you [...]

Coping with Blue Monday without Alcohol and Drugs2019-10-11T18:47:45+00:00

New Year’s Celebrations, Drinking, and Relapse

This blog post was published on January 1, 2018. This is the first day of the year, New Year’s Day, on many calendars in many countries. People celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one in many ways. These [...]

New Year’s Celebrations, Drinking, and Relapse2018-01-02T16:56:11+00:00