Alcohol Awareness: Some Tips for Parents and Families about Underage Drinking

As April draws to a close, so does Alcohol Awareness Month which, since 1987, has been sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to help educate the public about the dangers of alcohol abuse and addiction … Continue reading

Establishing New Habits in Recovery: The Paper Clip Strategy (Pt. 2)

Read: Establishing New Habits in Recovery: The Paper Clip Strategy (Pt. 1) Tips to Implement the Paper Clip Strategy Get a standard box of paper clips and two containers (they can be anything that will hold and visually display the clips – … Continue reading

Establishing New Habits in Recovery: The Paper Clip Strategy (Pt. 1)

Habits can be hard to break, and that can be a good thing…if they’re the right kinds of habits. Good habits can be affirming and set a positive tone, bad habits can be self-sabotaging and sink the ship. In early recovery, there … Continue reading

Virtual Reality ‘Heroin Cave’: A New High-tech Tool to help Addicts Kick?

For many, the idea of virtual reality conjures up images of computer games or other “frivolous” pursuits. But the technology that recreates detailed and highly realistic images and scenarios may have valuable practical application in drug treatment and recovery. As we’ve noted … Continue reading

Alcohol and Energy Drinks: Revisiting a Dangerous Combination

While premixed Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages (CABs) like Torque, Four Loko, Joose, and Sparks have either been removed from shelves in the U.S. or have changed their formulas to exclude caffeine, combining alcohol with highly stimulating energy drinks continues to be a … Continue reading

Troubling Shortage of Addiction Counselors Highlighted by New Demands on System (Part 2)

Catch up with Part 1 A Low Pay, High Stress Gig As individuals in the treatment community well know, counseling positions can be incredibly rewarding – you are saving and often forever changing lives. But the job is administratively demanding, … Continue reading

Troubling Shortage of Addiction Counselors Highlighted by New Demands on System (Part 1)

It was a landmark development when the President recently proposed $1.1 billion dollars in new funding to help improve and expand addiction treatment services across the country.  The President’s bill, in tandem with the Affordable Care Act and other federal … Continue reading

Benzos a “Bust”? Concerns about Anti-Anxiety Drugs Not Eclipsed by Opiate Epidemic (Part 2)

Read Part 1 Here Well-documented Concerns and Side-Effects Benzos were never intended for long-term use. Yet many patients have been issued prescriptions for daily use that have lasted years. And that has caused problems. Over time, user tolerance grows and … Continue reading

Benzos a “Bust”? Concerns about Anti-Anxiety Drugs Not Eclipsed by Opiate Epidemic (Part 1)

There is a notable downside to what can only be described as intense and razor-sharp focus of late on the opiate crisis gripping America. Admittedly, the heightened attention being paid to opioid-related addiction and deaths in the last year or … Continue reading

President, Key Officials Address Opiate Crisis at National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

You know that a health issue reaches the tipping point of public and policymaker concern when it prompts a national summit. We’ve seen them for avian flu and infectious diseases, obesity, gun violence…and now prescription pain killer and opiate abuse. … Continue reading