All in Your Mind? Study shows New Neurological Basis for Excessive Drinking and Addiction

Those who have studied or treated addiction would no doubt agree it almost always plays out as a complex dance between biology and human behavior. Indeed, the most successful treatment approaches almost always target both the physiological underpinnings of a … Continue reading

Helpful Herb or Toxic False Hope: New Concerns and Lingering Confusion over Plant-based Kratom (Part 2)

Lack of Regulation & Legal Limbo Kratom use is rarely life-threatening when used on its own, but in Thailand where the plant is grown – and increasingly in the U.S. and Europe – the substance is being combined with other … Continue reading

Helpful Herb or Toxic False Hope: New Concerns and Lingering Confusion over Plant-based Kratom (Part 1)

A leafy drug that has seen increased use in recent years as a means of easing withdrawal from opiates or attaining a new, as yet mostly legal high, is also being linked to serious health risks and increased incidences of … Continue reading

‘Stop Stressing Me’: Research Identifies Brain Patterns That Increase Resilience to Stress

Long term exposure to high levels of stress is not good for anyone. Stress – when not managed  or  mitigated – negatively impacts most all systems in the body , affecting how we eat and digest food, hold our bodies, … Continue reading

America, We Have a Problem: How Fentanyl is Changing the Landscape of the Opiate Crisis (Part 2)

The Scary Scope of the Problem When investigators reviewed a sudden increase of deaths in 2014 which appeared to be caused by heroin, they subsequently discovered through lab tests that fentanyl was present in majority of the cases. Most recent … Continue reading

America, We Have a Problem: How Fentanyl is Changing the Landscape of the Opiate Crisis (Part 1)

When music legend Prince Rogers Nelson’s death this spring was officially attributed to an overdose on fentanyl, it represented another instance in which broad public attention to a growing problem – particularly as it relates to substance abuse and addiction– … Continue reading

Boozing and Brain Function: New Concerns about Alcohol Related Brain Damage

While full-blown “wet brain” – the rather crude layman’s term once commonly used to describe significant cognitive impairment associated with chronic alcohol abuse – is now relatively uncommon in the U.S., health professionals warn that regular, heightened alcohol use is … Continue reading

A Step Back from the Edge? Study Shows Drug Monitoring Curbs Opiate Prescribing

When it comes to the battle to curtail what has been a continuing, and nation-wide, struggle with opiate and prescription drug abuse, most are ready for some good news. And, while it can’t roll back the clock or reclaim the more than 28,000 … Continue reading

With Increasing Demand Come New Restrictions on Sober Living Facilities

A short while back, we posted a piece praising an episode of the Meredith Viera show that, we felt, was an unusually fair and optimistic media portrait of real people in long-term recovery and how they got there. At the … Continue reading

New ADHD Drug Tastes Like Candy, Causes Concerns

A new chewable, candy flavored drug to help address attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children might seem totally appropriate in some ways – even an audience-savvy marketing boon. Judging by their press release, that’s clearly how the pharmaceutical … Continue reading