Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Substance Abuse/Addiction

I Smoked Weed Three Times and Ended Up in Rehab Hell

From VICE: In her recently published memoir, The Dead Inside, Cyndy Etler tells her story of being abused and subjected to attack therapy in a teen rehab...

Virtual Reality Promising for Mental Health Treatment

From Healio: A recent review indicated that virtual reality-based treatment may be effective for a variety of mental health concerns including phobias, social anxiety, PTSD,...

Alcoholism — Is it a Disease?

We are told a story about illness, and that story serves a mindset that underlies the darkness that we feel all around us and within us. The mindset is that we are flesh robots, floating on a dead rock, in the middle of nowhere. But we are in the midst of a paradigm shift.

Trump’s Pick to Run Mental Health

From STAT: President Trump has nominated Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, a proponent of increased psychiatric treatment for those diagnosed with serious mental illness, to run the Substance...

Life Experience is Key for Certified Peer Support Specialists

From MinnPost: Peer support specialists can play a crucial role in helping people recover from life challenges including addiction, mental health concerns, and homelessness. "'Certified peer...

Four-Part Series on Drug Abuse, Trauma, and How to Heal It

In this four-part series on drug abuse and trauma, Parents Opposed to Pot provides an overview of the impact of adverse childhood experiences, how they persist, and...

Stop Chasing the Drug, Focus on ACEs

From ACEs Connection: According to Dr. Daniel Sumrok, director of the Center for Addiction Sciences at the University of Tennessee, addiction is a normal response to...

The Link Between Opioids and Unemployment

From The Atlantic: A recent study found that increases in unemployment rates are associated with increased opioid overdoses and emergency room visits. Article →­

Donald Trump’s Drug Czar is Very High on Forced Rehab

From Vice: Donald Trump's expected nominee for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Congressman Tom Marino, is a proponent of mandatory inpatient...

The White-Mortality Crisis Shows the Impact of Distress

From Science of Us: A recent study found that working-class white Americans are dying in middle age at a faster rate than minority groups, and...

Up in Smoke: Speculative Claims about Smoking Cessation Drug

From HealthNewsReview: A recent news release from Florida Atlantic University has urged wider use of Chantix, a prescription medication for smoking cessation. The release made...

New Findings Suggest Masculinity is a Risk Factor for Suicidal Thinking

Men who report being self-reliant may be at greater risk of suicidal thinking.

Trump’s Pick to Oversee Big Pharma has Ties to Opioid Industry

From The Intercept: Newly released documents show that Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's nominee to lead the FDA, has received almost $45,000 in speaking fees...

TV Documentary Funded by Doctor with Industry Ties

From STAT: A new documentary, "The Painful Truth," chronicles the plight of several patients struggling to find treatment for their chronic pain, suggesting that physicians...

The Psychedelic Miracle

From Rolling Stone Magazine: Both the underground practice of and aboveground research on the use of psychedelic drugs to heal PTSD, as well as depression, anxiety,...

Why We’re a Culture of Addicts

From Uplift Connect: Addiction tends to be viewed through one of two lenses - as a genetic disease or a moral failure. According to Dr. Gabor...

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants: Breakthrough or Total Disaster?

From Gizmodo: Some researchers believe that deep brain stimulation - a surgical procedure involving the implantation of electrodes that send electrical signals to specific areas...

Bill Could Make Drug Use Criteria for Involuntary Commitment

From U.S. News & World Report: New Hampshire legislators are debating a bill that would make opioid use criteria for involuntary commitment to a psychiatric...

In a Traumatised World, is Psychedelic Therapy our Best Hope?

From VolteFace Magazine: MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can play a major role in helping people heal from the effects of trauma. "The results really are incredible and I’ve had...

Do Some Trauma Survivors Cope by Overworking?

From The Atlantic: Like other addictions, workaholism may be a response to trauma. Overworking is the way that some trauma survivors cope with hypervigilance, grief, and...

Viewing Addiction as a Brain Disease Promotes Social Injustice

From Nature: There is virtually no scientific evidence indicating that addiction is a disease of the brain. Yet, the disease model of addiction is used...

Quitting Smoking May Help with Depression

A new study suggests that smoking cessation is related to depressive symptom improvement, but that depression may also make it harder to quit.

Acute Respiratory Failure More Likely in COPD Patients Prescribed Antipsychotics

Researchers recommend that healthcare professionals be vigilant regarding the signs of respiratory failure among patients with COPD who are receiving antipsychotics, especially during the initial treatment phase.

“Whitewashing a Black Box Warning: The Chantix Story That Didn’t get Told”

"The decision to remove the Chantix black box warning had its roots in a study known as the EAGLES trial, which was mandated by...

Study Finds Excess Pills Prescribed for Post-Operative Pain

Researchers find that patients are prescribed more pills than necessary after common surgical procedures

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