Addiction: Behavioral Health Issue, Mental Health Disorder or Something Else?

Decades of scientific research have made clear that addiction is not a moral failing, a character flaw or a sign of weakness, but rather a chronic brain disease. Still, it typically falls under the umbrella of behavioral health. Some suggest that this classification is contributing to the stigma surrounding addiction. Is “behavioral health” a stigmatizing…

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How to Work Step Two

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Most addicts, no matter their addiction (alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, shopping, etc.) find that they key to lasting sobriety is working the twelve steps of recovery. As discussed in this space a few weeks ago, step one explores the depth and…

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Mental Health Classes for Teens Shown to Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Early initiation of alcohol use introduces teens to multiple dangers, including immediate consequences like injury, risky sexual behaviors and general risk-taking. Some of the impact is related to later health issues, such as an increased likelihood of developing certain cancers. Preventing teens from using alcohol often involves targeting high-risk populations through the school system. Interventions…

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