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MARIJUANA TODAY: CHECKING IN WITH DR. STACI GRUBER

How I Became Interested in Marijuana Research Along with other McLean researchers, I was working on a series of projects designed to look at college students to assess potential differences in cognitive function—mental processes, such as attention and memory, that enable us to acquire knowledge—in those who used marijuana and those who did...

FLORIDA’S MARCHMAN ACT CONSISTENT WITH THE SCIENCE OF TREATING ADDICTION

It is settled science that compulsory treatment or court ordered treatment is an effective tool in assisting individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD) to obtain the help they need. There are a number of studies which conclude that involuntary commitment to treatment is at least as effective, if not more effective, than...

IS TOUGH LOVE EFFECTIVE?

On the night of Dec. 12, 1994, in Madison, Wisconsin, Theresa J. McGovern froze to death in a snow bank. She was 45 years old and the mother of two young girls. That night she walked out of a facility where she had been admitted to treat the disease of alcoholism. She left, drank alcohol, passed out...

GENETIC ADDICTION RISK SCORE (GARS®) SCREENING: COMBATIVE EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION IN FACE OF AMERICAS DRUG EPIDEMIC

INTRODUCTION The current opioid addiction epidemic has become a leading public health crisis worldwide. In addition to the significant morbidity and mortality associated with over use, the financial costs in the US alone exceed $78 billion dollars. The impact of this global crisis was highlighted by the designation of International Overdose Awareness Day, on August 31,...

YOU CAN’T CANDY-COAT THIS! THE CATASTROPHIC AFFECTS OF SUGAR AND PROCESSED FOODS IN THE ADDICTION RECOVERY PROCESS

Why is it that nearly every addiction treatment center in the U.S. has candy dishes strategically positioned throughout the facility? You find these little vessels of sugary delights in the reception area, administration office, counselors’ offices, in the residential areas next to beds and just about every other nook and cranny in the facility. And to what...

THE AMBASSADORS OF DREAM GLIDING

“Study the past if you would define the future.” ~ Confucius Over the decades, a framework of theories and humanitarian philosophies have been created by an elite group of progressive thinkers. These timeless messages are still relevant in our turmoiled society and reflect the grand premise of Dream Gliding: summoning...

THE REAL REASONS WHY MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER ARE DYING FROM DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND SUICIDE

Experts break down the top reasons why hundreds of thousands continue to die from these causes with every passing year. In America, a quiet catastrophe is claiming tens of thousands of lives — and in spite of growing alarm, a recent report has found that the problem is only getting worse.

LIVING BEYOND – WHY STAY SOBER?

WHY STAY SOBER? The struggle of an addict is like non other. For the addict and those intimately involved with the addict, the angst that comes from the addiction is deeper than the deepest sea and higher than the highest mountain. What is your relationship with addiction? Have you had feelings...

CHRONIC PAIN- THE UNINVITED GUEST

When Carmen first contacted me about what happened to her son, she thought it was too late. Her voice cracked over the phone and I could hardly hear her through bouts of uncontrollable sobbing. “Bobby-- my son-- he was just released from the hospital. He collapsed on the playing field during a...

YOUR BRAIN IS ON FIRE AND HOW TO DOUSE THE FLAMES

In preparing to write this article, a TV commercial from the 70’s kept popping up in my consciousness. I just couldn’t get it out of my head. The commercial was omnipresent, it seems as though it was airing every time I turned on the TV. Anyone who grew up in the 70’s will remember it.