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Why We Should Say Someone Is A ‘Person With An Addiction,’ Not An Addict

From NPR. To view the entire article, click here. by Maia Szalavitz For years, people with addiction have wondered when the media would recognize our condition as a medical problem, not a moral one — when they would stop reducing us to mere “addicts” and speak of us in the more respectful and accurate “person […]


Improving Treatment Outcomes for Individuals With Co-Occurring SUDs and Bipolar Disorder

From SAMHSA: To download the Advisory, click here. Advisory: An Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Co-Occuring Substance Use Disorders Research suggests that 30 percent to more than 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder will develop a substance use disorder (SUD) sometime during their lives. Co-occurrence can complicate diagnosis and treatment of SUDs. However, treatment […]


Opioid Crisis: NIH Launches New Push to Fight Epidemic

From NBC News. To read the full article, click here. by Maggie Fox The National Institutes of Health announced a new push Wednesday to fight the opioid crisis, with fresh efforts to develop better drugs to fight addiction, to treat pain, and to stop overdoses. The giant agency — the world’s biggest funder of medical […]


Why Gender-Specific Treatment Is Crucial for Women

From The Fix. To read the full article, click here. Why Gender-Specific Treatment Is Crucial for Women “When co-ed therapeutic groups happen, the women will often hesitate or hold back while the male members of the group speak up and get their needs met.” Addiction does not discriminate but there are legitimate reasons why treatment […]


‘Drugged Driving’ Surpasses Drunken Driving

From CNN. To read the full article, click here. ‘Drugged Driving’ Surpasses Drunken Driving Among Drivers Killed in Crashes, Report Finds by Robert Jimison Driving while on drugs was associated with more deaths in 2015 than driving with alcohol in one’s system, a new report found. Still, some safety experts caution that drunken driving remains […]


Cannabis use increases in medical marijuana states

News release from NIDA: April 26, 2017 An analysis of national survey data indicates that laws legalizing medical marijuana use are associated with increases in illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders among adults. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism […]


Learning from Peers: Prevention Perspectives on College Drinking

From SAMHSA Blog: By Frances M. Harding, Director, SAMHSA CSAP April is Alcohol Awareness Month—a time to focus on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems across our nation. One place where alcohol has long been a problem is on college campuses. Although college students drink less today, they still consume alcohol at alarming […]


Reducing Underage Drinking Among American Indians

From NIH News in Health: Underage drinking is a nationwide problem. American Indian teens have higher rates of alcohol use before age 15 than other U.S. teens. They also have higher rates of alcohol problems. Rural teens in general are more likely than other U.S. teens to misuse alcohol. But ways to prevent alcohol use […]


SAMHSA Funding Available for Substance Abuse & HIV Prevention

From blog.AIDS.gov: SAMHSA Funding Available for Substance Abuse & HIV Prevention Navigator Programs for Racial/Ethnic Minority Young Men The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced funding available to support community-based organizations in providing services to those at highest risk for HIV and substance use disorders, especially racial/ethnic males ages 13-24 at […]


Psychedelics May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According To New Study

From the Huffington Post: Psychedelics May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According To New Study by Jag Davies The criminalization of people who use psychedelics is rooted in myths that are the vestiges of colonialism and the drug war – and, one by one, those myths are crumbling down. We’ve learned in recent years that people […]