Category Archives: Prevention | Intervention

articles on alcohol abuse, drug abuse, prevention and intervention

The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

I was invited to read and review The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery recently. Unfortunately I am unable to do so at this time, but I was so intrigued by the title and book summary that I wanted to share a Q & A with one of the books co-authors, Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr.Continue Reading

Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Alcohol-induced blackouts – seriously — they can’t remember what they did or said? It is not uncommon for me to receive emails and blog post comments like these: “My partner has physically attacked me and last Sunday shoved me down the stair case and then stood on top of me and continued to punch andContinue Reading

Dear President-Elect Trump – Because Addiction Is Above Politics

Dear President-Elect Trump – Because Addiction Is Above Politics

Dear President-Elect Trump, We are writing as Americans who, regardless of political affiliation, are deeply concerned by the addiction crisis ravaging our country. You shared openly how alcoholism devastated your brother Fred’s life. In fact, addiction to alcohol and other drugs impacts 45 million Americans and their families. As you heard during the campaign, 21Continue Reading

Holidays Filled With Secondhand Drinking – What to Do

Holidays Filled With Secondhand Drinking – What to Do

For some, the holidays are warm, fun, happy gatherings with friends and family. But for those whose holidays are filled with secondhand drinking, lurking behind that hope for those kinds of gatherings runs a current of angst, fear, and worry. Angst, fear, and worry about: how to keep him from drinking too much and picking aContinue Reading

Treating Addiction Like Other Chronic Diseases – We Don’t Make People Wait to Treat their Heart Disease

Treating Addiction Like Other Chronic Diseases – We Don’t Make People Wait to Treat their Heart Disease

Requiring a person with heart disease to wait for treatment is impossible to imagine. It just wouldn’t happen. And, yet, people with a different chronic disease – the brain disease of addiction (aka substance use disorder) – experience this situation ALL THE TIME. Not only that, trying to figure out where to go or take a loved oneContinue Reading

Facing Addiction – Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction – a Treatable Brain Disease

Facing Addiction – Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction – a Treatable Brain Disease

I’m still in awe of what happened November 17, 2016, at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles – a National Summit: Facing Addiction in America. It was at this summit that U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, unveiled his office’s long-awaited, groundbreaking report addressing the country’s leading public health crisis. And why is this such a groundbreakingContinue Reading

Worried About a Young Person’s Alcohol | Drug Use

Worried About a Young Person’s Alcohol | Drug Use

Underage or college age drinking | drug use – when should you be worried? I often get questions about this from parents, school counselors, teachers, therapists, and even the young person’s friends, who are trying to determine whether there “really is a problem” or “it’s just a phase.” This is such a common concern that I’ve createdContinue Reading

Adolescent Cannabis Abuse – Guest Author Dr. Jennifer Golick

Adolescent Cannabis Abuse – Guest Author Dr. Jennifer Golick

Adolescent cannabis abuse is a hot topic given the recent and upcoming state elections to legalize marijuana. There is the perception it is safer than alcohol or other drugs and thus safer for teens to use marijuana than alcohol. Today’s guest author, Dr. Jennifer Golick, explains why this is not true. Dr. Golick is the ClinicalContinue Reading