Secondhand Drinking | A Phenomenon That Affects Millions

Secondhand Drinking | A Phenomenon That Affects Millions

“Secondhand Drinking” – the negative impacts of a person’s drinking behaviors on others – is “A Phenomenon That Affects Millions.” This title is the first in my new series of Quick Guides. Why this series? They’re to share 21st Century brain and substance misuse-related research and science in a way people can use the information toContinue Reading

Treating Addiction Like Cancer – Guest Author Diane Mintz

Treating Addiction Like Cancer – Guest Author Diane Mintz

Treating addiction like cancer – why don’t we? Why don’t we given there are 23 million Americans living their lives in recovery from addiction as compared to 14.5 million Americans living their lives with a history of cancer (as of 1/1/14)? For readers of my work, you know how passionate I am about this differenceContinue Reading

What You Should Know About Addiction If You Have ADHD

What You Should Know About Addiction If You Have ADHD

ADHD and addiction - is there a link? Laura Haver explores this question in her guest post below. But first a bit of background. ADHD is one of many mental health disorders and one of the most common diagnosed in youth. A youth diagnosis is especially concerning for three reasons: 1) the stigma, misinformation and shame thatContinue Reading

#14Days on the Wagon – Accept the Challenge

Join CBS News.com’s #14Days on the Wagon challenge beginning Monday, October 6. And what is this challenge? The challenge is to give up alcohol and “any non-medically necessary drugs” for the next 14 days. As Parvati Shallow explains in the short video below, this is to help you experience the “real effects of healthier living and feel a littleContinue Reading

Stop Teen Medicine Abuse

Stop Teen Medicine Abuse

Approximately one in 25 teens reports abusing excessive amounts of DXM to get high making teen medicine abuse a critical issue for parents and communities.  The following is a guest post by Peggy McKibbin, one of The Five Moms working to raise awareness about this issue and the fight to stop it. Peggy is a motherContinue Reading

Codependency in Addiction | When You Feel It Pays for Your Partner to Stay Addicted

Codependency in Addiction | When You Feel It Pays for Your Partner to Stay Addicted

Codependency in addiction is often written about, but the issue of a codependent “wanting” their loved one to stay addicted is rarely addressed. Today’s guest post by Liz Karter tackles this issue. Liz Karter is a leading UK therapist in addiction, practicing since 2001, specialising in gambling addiction and women. Author of Women and ProblemContinue Reading

Childhood Trauma – Breaking The Cycles

Childhood Trauma – Breaking The Cycles

Childhood trauma has a profound impact on the neural circuitry of a child’s brain (meaning how or if brain cells “talk” to one another). It includes verbal, physical and emotional abuse; ongoing exposure to secondhand drinking or secondhand drugging, such as that which occurs in a family with untreated or unhealthily discussed addiction or substance misuse;Continue Reading

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

In 2011 President Obama issued the first Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The tradition continues in 2014 as parents, youth, schools and community leaders across the country join this month-long observance of the role that substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. But, before I move forward, letContinue Reading