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Barriers Women Face in Recovery Process

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A recent study released in the JAMA Psychiatry Journal revealed that women in America have reported a startling increase in alcohol use disorders over the past decade. As research and healthcare professionals grapple with this data, it is important to consider the complex barriers to treatment which women face during the recovery process.   “In… Read On »

The Link Between Physical Activity and Depression in Older Adults

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Dr. John Dyben, Clinical Fellow Depression is a common phenomenon that is associated with numerous biological and psychological conditions and states.  As we age, the likelihood that we will experience depression increases, and it is one of the top three most common mental health diagnoses for older adults. For this reason, many older adults find themselves prescribed… Read On »

What is PsychoNeuroPlasticity?

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By Frank Lawlis, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. and Barbara Peavey, Ph.D., M.S. PsyPharm, BCIAC The term PsychoNeuroPlasticity comes from the relative use of neurological measurement technology, illustrating that how the brain is wired contributes to how the person functions and that the brain not only heals itself, but regenerates new connections within itself. Although we have known… Read On »

Family Therapy for Older Adults

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The family is the natural context for healing the older adult and for finding recovery. Family Therapy is a significant part of the treatment process at Hanley Center at Origins for older adults caught in the insidious web of alcoholism and addiction. Family therapy can be described as the art of joining with a family… Read On »

Beloved ‘True Blood’ Star Dies from Fatal Alcohol Detox

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Beloved ‘True Blood’ actor, Nelsan Ellis, passed away this week after complications related to alcoholism and drug addiction.    According to a statement released by Ellis’ family – via his longtime manager – the talented actor had been struggling with alcohol and drug misuse for years. They went on to explain that Ellis attempted to… Read On »

Addictive Medication Pulled from Market by Big Pharma

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Following a controversial request from the FDA, Endo Pharmaceuticals has officially withdrawn one of their potent opioid medications, OPANA ER, from the market.    Their decision comes less than a month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted a formal request to stop drug sales, stating that the benefits of the drug no… Read On »

Deception in Florida Addiction Treatment

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Drew Rothermel, MBA, JD – President and Chief Executive Officer With the opioid crisis now at epidemic proportions, the need to deliver superior substance use disorder treatment has become profoundly important. Desperate for a solution, thousands of struggling patients and their families are finding themselves entangled in the broken system recently highlighted in the New… Read On »

FDA Requests Removal of Opioid Medication From Market

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The FDA recently asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to pull its opioid pain medication, Opana ER, from the market citing concerns that the drug’s benefits may no longer outweigh its risks.   This is the first time the agency has taken action to stop the sale of an opioid pain medication based on the public health consequences… Read On »

Affluent Teens at Greater Risk for Developing Addiction, Study Shows

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Over a decade’s worth of research recently confirmed that teens who attended high-achieving schools in affluent communities showed a greater vulnerability to drug and alcohol misuse than their peers.   This study, released last week in Development and Psychopathology, bolsters previous studies in this area and reaffirms the industry-wide experience of thousands of addiction professionals. “Like… Read On »

Ohio Files Suit Against Big Pharma

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In recent news, the state of Ohio filed a suit against five drug companies, accusing them of fueling the opioid crisis by misleading prescribing doctors about the risks of addiction associated with opioid medication. Ohio is the second state to sue opioid manufacturers, with a suit from Mississippi coming earlier this year. “The opioid addiction… Read On »