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Beyond the Barrier: Depression in Early Recovery

April 24, 2012 by Cecile

Medication may help, and we shouldn’t automatically rule it out because it’s “taking pills.” Some pills are okay, if we take them under supervision and according to directions.

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It’s Time to Retire “Behavioral Health”

April 16, 2012 by Cecile

Calling these diseases “behavioral illnesses” and calling our systems of care “behavioral health programs” promotes two destructive, harmful beliefs.

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“Weak” Evidence for Prescription Opioid Effectiveness

April 6, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

These powerful drugs have escaped the constraints of legal use and become widely misused

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Teachers Reduce Addiction Risk!

March 30, 2012 by Cecile

This is the first data-driven study which shows that teacher support is associated with lower levels of early alcohol use.

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Another Worry for the “Sandwich Generation”

March 29, 2012 by Cecile

For these and other common procedures referred to in the study, we might not even know what the doctor prescribes Mom or Dad afterward.

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Is LSD Going to Cure Alcoholism?

March 12, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The Norwegian study is part of an ongoing effort to restore the right of researchers to conduct studies involving therapeutic uses of LSD.

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The Disease Debate

March 9, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

“We’re still stuck at the problem of definition. Until we agree on that, I don’t know how we can resolve it.” And not surprisingly, we didn’t.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic pt. 2

March 2, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s glib, deceptive, self-serving and futile to address what the CDC has described as an epidemic, by finger-pointing.

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The “Party School” Problem

February 29, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

"Well, they’re afraid the college will get a rep as anti- drinking,"

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Celebrity Addiction

February 16, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Doesn’t seem to matter much whether fame is rooted in music, film, TV, sports, politics — there’s this sense of unreality to all of it.

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