Addiction Recovery

The Science Behind How Specialized Addiction Treatment Can Help LGBT Individuals

When it comes to finding a path to recovery and staying on it, people tend to be more successful when aided by trained mental health and addiction treatment professionals, even if the process of getting sober really is about self-discovery. Members of the LGBT community who face substance use disorders likely do so with many … Continue reading The Science Behind How Specialized Addiction Treatment Can Help LGBT Individuals

Drug Addiction

“Tough Love” Isn’t the Only Approach to Helping Your Opioid-Addicted Child

It’s a situation in which nobody wants to be. Yet a growing number of people are dealing with the heartbreak of having a child who’s addicted to opioids. Whether or not you have children, empathizing with the helplessness of the situation isn’t hard to do. The fear that one’s son or daughter will overdose is … Continue reading “Tough Love” Isn’t the Only Approach to Helping Your Opioid-Addicted Child

Mental Health and Addiction Treament

Top UK Mental Health Professional Goes Public About Stay in Psychiatric Hospital, Shatters Stigma

There is a misconception that people who work in the upper ranks of healthcare, particularly the mental health field, are immune from mental illness themselves. The idea is that they always carry with them the proper toolbox for addressing any mental health problem. But that’s not how it works, as a bold post on the … Continue reading Top UK Mental Health Professional Goes Public About Stay in Psychiatric Hospital, Shatters Stigma

Addiction Recovery

Should Friends, Parents and Loved Ones of People with Opioid Addiction Carry Naloxone?

It has been a question swirling around communities for quite some time now, and it’s finally coming to a head: If you can’t save your loved one by convincing them to get into treatment, should you carry naloxone to prevent a deadly overdose, just in case? This is no longer the “elephant in the room,” … Continue reading Should Friends, Parents and Loved Ones of People with Opioid Addiction Carry Naloxone?

Addiction Recovery

Why Is Addiction So Highly Stigmatized?

Addiction is an extremely enigmatic, complicated disease. As we have continued researching and trying to learn more about addiction, our understanding of the disease has evolved. Presently, the American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”1 When a person abuses mind-altering substances consistently … Continue reading Why Is Addiction So Highly Stigmatized?

Drug Treatment

Mental Health Parity and The National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a report on the difficulties of finding appropriate, affordable mental health care. Even individuals with insurance have trouble finding in-network providers. In some places, mental health services may not be available at all. Mental health care services are often more expensive than physical care. Parity laws and … Continue reading Mental Health Parity and The National Alliance on Mental Illness

Drug Treatment

Improved Communication and Health Care Effectiveness

Communication is invaluable. It is necessary for our everyday lives. It is essential to our health care. We use communication to ask for help. Medical professionals use communication to provide that help, share information and expand scientific knowledge. Registries may be a good way to achieve these goals. Because our nation and our medical professionals … Continue reading Improved Communication and Health Care Effectiveness

Addiction Recovery

What Kind of Addiction and Mental Health President Will Donald Trump Be?

When it comes to how a Trump presidency will view addiction issues, two eyebrow-raising facts have emerged. First, Donald Trump has spoken openly about how he lost his older brother, Fred, to alcoholism at a young age. Fred’s death and the events leading to it impacted Donald in such a way that he never has … Continue reading What Kind of Addiction and Mental Health President Will Donald Trump Be?