Addictions

Holistic Approaches for Easing Pain and Preventing Opioid Addiction

Have you ever met the child willing to smile through pain, let alone the horrific pain of cancer, chemotherapy, and multiple injections with long, nasty needles? Such children happen to be plentiful in the Kids Kicking Cancer organization. Watch this video of several little ones defeating the need for pain killers, including addictive opiates. Now […]

Heroin High

Check out Heroin High

You’ve heard of schools named for the cities housing them. Some of them are called Albany High, Hayward High, Lakewood High, Southfield High, Stuyvesant High and the like. It’s no stretch to wonder if anyone calls one or more secondary schools “Heroin High.” Check it out: The opioid epidemic throughout the USA is affecting American […]

Therapy for Addiction

Therapy is a Necessity for Fighting an Addiction

The WebMD site about addiction describes the overall addiction-fighting picture quickly and clearly: “…detox is only the beginning of a long-term battle against craving and relapse. Counseling is an essential part of drug abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from opioid addiction stay clean. Psychotherapy can also […]

Opioid

Opioids Across America: Solutions to a Multifaceted Problem are Needed

America’s opioid crisis necessitates daily updates: The coast-to-coast reality is multi-faceted and hard to grasp. Headlines have reported on the phenomenon of relatives and acquaintances, including medical professionals, stealing the opioid medications of family members, neighbors and clients, even pets. It’s almost a certainty that someone, or several people, in your vicinity is/are high on […]

Cell Phone Addiction

Dumbing Down with Smart Phones

Social media abounds with actors demonstrating rude behavior on dates and among family members due to cellphone addiction. Videos and photos depicting cellphone zombies falling into sewers, shafts and broken noses fill news sites and blogs. The situation of pedestrians so absorbed in the screens before them that they fail to notice their other physical […]

Overcome Addiction

Why People Consistently Fall Short of Overcoming Addiction

A years-ago television drama called ER showed its audience some of the ramifications of drug addiction, and confronting it. A hard-working, conscientious doctor became accidentally addicted to painkillers after he’d been viciously assaulted by a psychotic patient in a previous episode. You can experience the drama of the people who cared about his reputation and […]

Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid Epidemic Keeps Worsening

Several weeks ago, I addressed America’s opioid epidemic. Increasingly worrisome facts have been revealed since then: Nassau county administrators in New York are considering lawsuits against 19 pharmaceutical companies and five doctors for fueling opioid addiction. A New York doctor faces up to 20 years in prison after allegedly selling four (4!) million opioid pills to […]

Addictions

Is Therapy a Key Component in Treating Addiction?

Decades ago, addiction therapists began informing their clients of the need to end their “Stinking thinking.” A catch phrase for a negative thought pattern eventually used to rationalize counterproductive actions and mental activities. Identified by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, “Stinking thinking” keeps people addicted to dysfunctional behaviors, expectations and/or substances, sometimes all three. The imperative […]

Heroin

Help Me, Heroin Isn’t

“There is a heroin epidemic in America,” writes pediatrician Jarret Patton, MD. “Now is not the time to ignore the problem.” (KevinMD) The above statement was published as the Las Vegas, hoping to stem HIV and hepatitis, to get needle vending machines headline reached around the world. Mental and public health professionals plus the public would […]

How Many Mental Illnesses

How Many Mental Health Illnesses Exist?

A mental illness is a mental health condition that can affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. A behavioral or mental pattern that can cause a person suffering or inability to function on an everyday basis should be diagnosed by a professional. There are various types of mental illnesses according to WebMD, each with its own […]