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MOMS LESSONS OF LOVE

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate love in all relationships and forms. For mothers whose children have struggled with substance use disorders, it is a day to reflect on the pure nature of unconditional parental love. With this deeper reflection, mothers from the Moms United to End the War on Drugs international campaign are rejecting paternalistic drug policies...

PURDUE PHARMA- WHEN WILL JUSTICE BE SERVED?

As a Registered Nurse, if I gave my patient a drug that resulted in their death, I would be held accountable. April 17,2018- one passenger is killed when an engine malfunctions on Southwest Airlines flight 1380. Immediately, the airline industry took corrective action by grounding all planes. Their concern was not pleasing their future passengers, but keeping them alive. From 1998-2015,...

DIFFERENT BEHAVIORS, SIMILAR ISSUES: THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SELF-INJURY AND SUBSTANCE USE

Children as young as 3 years of age are doing it. Adults who do this are 37 times more likely to attempt suicide in a one-year period. You have 12-months to intervene before a possible suicide attempt! What is it? Self-injury. There are correlations between substance use, suicide, and self-injury; many are stating that self-injury is a form of addiction. In addition, I...

TRUTHS ABOUT BARRIERS TO TREATMENT FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTIVE ILLNESS

This business of being a psychotherapist and the mother of an adult son with a co occurring disorder is not easy. My patients and I are slogging through cement all in an effort to move forward and to keep ourselves and our children alive. It is not easy because of a paucity of funds for clinically-informed treatment. It is...

THE LATEST TREND IN GEN Z: ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

When Milly’s father called, he discovered Milly’s dark secret. He tried to be a compassionate and attentive father as she broke down in tears and explained what was going on. Devastated over her mother’s alcoholism and her inability to get help, Milly sunk into a deep depression. Her weight swung like a pendulum as she gained 45 pounds in...

NEW CUTTING-EDGE TREATMENTS THAT ARE IMPROVING OUTCOMES

Lately, when I think about the linear progression of addiction treatment in this country, and the world for that matter, an old adage comes to mind, “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”. Come to find out that the refrain is actually a paraphrase derived from an exchange between Alice and the...

LIVING BEYOND – THE HIDDEN SADNESS BEHIND THE SMILE

We are all too familiar with the many challenges that come with living life. Life has its ups and-downs. You can be certain that life will inevitably present a host of challenges, but it is of equal importance to recognize that it will provide you victories as well. It is often in these challenging times that we get lost....

STONED BABIES AND UNDERACHIEVING ADULTS

Physicians and medical professionals routinely warn women not to use marijuana while they are pregnant or nursing. Why? The best available scientific evidence has established that exposure to marijuana’s psychoactive constituent, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in utero causes neuroadaptive changes in their baby’s brain, especially in the regions where their cognitive capacity and emotional regulation is formed. As a result, the...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALCOHOL AND THE DEVELOPING TEENAGE BRAIN

Studies at McLean Hospital and elsewhere have shown that alcohol affects the brains of adolescents in profound and dangerous ways. During the teenage and early adult years, the brain is still developing, making it more vulnerable to alcohol than the adult brain. Moreover, research indicates that the earlier a person starts drinking, the more likely that person will develop...

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. According to a new study released in March by two...