Abstinence vs. harm reduction

Addiction Blog Published: January 5, 2013 By Josh Thompson, Alcohol addiction is a complex problem with no easy answers.  Is alcohol abuse a mental illness?  Experts don’t agree. Even when it comes to peer-reviewed research on how to treat alcohol addiction, the studies are often conflicting. Yet the recovery community in the U.S. so often […]

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The Courage of the Harm Reduction Therapist

The Courage of the Harm Reduction Therapist By Richard Juman 12/11/14 A master therapist discusses the things that can keep him up at night in his work with clients who are still using substances. This week Professional Voices features an interview with Dr. Tom Horvath, a leader in the progressive treatment of addictive disorders and a […]

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The ‘Third Wave’ of Substance Use Treatment

The ‘Third Wave’ of Substance Use Treatment By Debra Rothschild 02/05/15 How the culture and treatment of addiction are finally changing. For many years, society viewed addiction as a moral failing, and substance misusers were almost always referred to with the familiar language of stigmatization—drunks, junkies, crackheads. So, addiction came as a double whammy—the addiction […]

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Top 5 Mental Health Problems Facing College Students

Top 5 Mental Health Problems Facing College Students Learn the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders Find resources that lead to a happier and healthier college career. This guide helps to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students and where and when to seek help. Left untreated, […]

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Effective Addiction Treatment

Effective Addiction Treatment By Jane E. Brody Jane Brody on health and aging. Countless people addicted to drugs, alcohol or both have managed to get clean and stay clean with the help of organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous or the thousands of residential and outpatient clinics devoted to treating addiction. But if you have failed one […]

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SAMHSA announces a working definition of “recovery” from mental disorders and substance use disorders

A new working definition of recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders is being announced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The definition is the product of a year-long effort by SAMHSA and a wide range of partners in the behavioral health care community and other fields to develop a […]

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Link Between ADHD and Addiction

Link Between ADHD and Addiction Wendy Richardson, MA, LMFCC, CAS People with ADHD commonly attempt to soothe their restless brains and bodies with addictive substances such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, prescription tranquilizers and pain killers, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, cocaine and street amphetamines. When people use substances to try to improve their abilities, or decrease and/or […]

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