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March Madness for Drugs vs. Alcohol
By Karen on March 21, 2014

You can find every possible permutation of a March Madness playoff bracket this week, including one on Jezebel called Drugs vs. Alcohol. Yes, 64 teams, drugs vs. alcohol, broken down into illegal and legal drugs and hard alcohol and soft stuff. With appropriate seedings—what’s the likelihood No. 16 Smirnoff Ice can upset No. 1 champagne? […]


Keeping Teens off the Marijuana Bandwagon
By Karen on March 7, 2014

The conversation about marijuana is not dying out. Medical, recreational, legal or illegal, it is part of the buzz in state legislatures and professional sports. Despite the cries of ‘it’s harmless,’ the medical studies continue to show that the earlier you start smoking marijuana, the worse it is for your brain development. Another new study […]


Not Me: Identifying Addiction
By Karen on February 27, 2014

A new survey of smokers, or should I say, people who smoke, has brought out that old issue of admitting there’s a problem. The California study showed that more than 12 percent of Californians who smoke do not identify as smokers. These are people who: Smoked at least once in the past 30 days Smoked […]


Craving Risk or Lacking Control?
By Karen on February 12, 2014

Are you a risk taker? Do you wonder why you got that way and got addicted? It may be in your brain, but not in the craving for drugs, as you might have heard. That line about having no self-control has a grain of truth to it. A study by researchers from several institutions (including […]


Addiction & Sleep Disorders
By Karen on January 17, 2014

Studies are piling up on the importance of sleep, and how lack of good sleep can affect weight, depression and yes, even addiction. Research shows that people with substance use disorders are 5 to 10 times more likely than the general population to have sleep disorders. What’s worse is that poor sleep is a cause […]


Are You Safe in Surgery?
By Karen on December 13, 2013

The problems of addiction affect people in every walk of life, including healthcare professionals, for whom access to controlled substances is easier. It’s easy to pass that off as a subset affected that doesn’t matter to anyone else, but consider the medical professional who feeds his addiction and ends up harming others. The easiest access […]


Sounding the Alarm on Crystal Meth
By Karen on December 6, 2013

Meth Awareness Needed When Impact Is So Deadly The calendar is full of awareness weeks and months, with different colored ribbons (pink for breast cancer) and even facial hair getting into the act (Movember mustaches for men’s cancers). Sadly, we’ve had to make room for another cause—we are in the middle of the inaugural Meth […]


Should You Go to Rehab Before the Holidays?
By Karen on November 27, 2013

Holidays are filled up with things we have to do, whether we want to or not. People, parties and other events fill the days quickly. What if you are worried about a drug or alcohol problem—yours or a loved one’s? Do you have to factor that in? Will they show up, do something outrageous, steal […]


Drop That Last Vice: Quit Smoking
By Karen on November 20, 2013

November 21 marks the Great American Smokeout, the 38th time that the American Cancer Society has sponsored the day. ACS offers the day as a target for smokers to quit. For one day, but ideally, forever. The list of diseases that smoking causes is long and the list of conditions it worsens is even longer. […]


Cold Turkey Means Damaging Inflammation
By Karen on November 15, 2013

Scientists are just beginning to learn more about long-term effects of inflammation on the body, and they can now add a new source for it: Quitting drugs cold turkey can increase levels of damaging inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s immune system response to anything. If a mosquito bites you, the immune system inflames the skin, […]


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