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Pot’s Evolution: How the Drug Has changed Over the Years

Pot’s Evolution: How the Drug Has changed Over the Years

It’s a topic of near-constant conversation in our communities; “Should marijuana be legalized?” In an increasing number of states, the answer is yes. But the debates are clouded by a great deal of misinformation. What matters to me as an addiction treatment professional is that the public makes informed decisions based on good facts. Here are some facts about how marijuana has changed since it became popular in the 1960s and moved into the...
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Meditation Improves Brain Function

Meditation Improves Brain Function

There is a great deal of evidence that meditation, in particular mindfulness meditation, improves the brain, and the research is teaching us a lot about how and why that happens.

Let’s look at some of the research. In one recent study:

“…the researchers...
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The Film You Don’t Want to Miss: “Prescription Thugs” at the Tribeca Film Festival

The Film You Don’t Want to Miss: “Prescription Thugs” at the Tribeca Film Festival

This weekend is the start of the Tribeca Film Festival. At the festival, the documentary film, “Prescription Thugs,” will be screened. I am honored to be featured in this film and to help educate the public about the grave danger that is posed by the abuse of prescription medications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions. The CDC states:

Since 1999,...
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Will Love Conquer Addiction?

Will Love Conquer Addiction?

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen it – an article suggesting that it is love that addicts need and lack of love and connection that causes addiction. The case made seems compelling.

There are some things we know to be true. We know, for example, that addiction is not just a biochemical process. There are famous studies and heaps of anecdotal evidence that show us that some people can use like fiends for a...
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Changing Our Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health

Changing Our Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health
The First Lady recently spoke at the launch of The Campaign to Change Direction, “a nation-wide effort to raise awareness around mental health in America.” This effort, sponsored in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is “designed to change the story of mental health across the nation by urging all Americans to learn the five signs that someone might be in distress.”
Shame of having...
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How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many

How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many

In a well-written article in The Week, reprinted from the Pacific Standard, Mike Mariani outlines how OxyContin, which was allegedly known to be addictive by its manufacturers, was pawned off on the public as a safe and effective, and decidedly non-addictive, painkiller. Now, the State of Kentucky has brought civil action against Purdue Pharmaceuticals and while increasing use of OxyContin may be a thing of the past, America’s addiction to opioids is not.

As an addiction...
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