Posts Categorized: Substance Abuse, Addiction & Compulsion

Parity of Mental Health and Substance Use Benefits with Other Benefits: Using Your Employer-Sponsored Health Plan to Cover Services

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If you are someone who is trying to figure out how to use your health coverage provided by your employer to pay for your mental health or substance use services – this sheet is for you. Your health plan or health coverage is sometimes called health insurance. Parity of mental health and substance use benefits […]

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ABA, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation release first national study on attorney substance use, mental health concerns

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Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation Feb. 3, 2016 – A new, landmark study conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs reveals substantial and widespread levels of problem drinking and other behavioral health problems in the U.S. legal profession. Posted online this week in the Journal of Addiction […]

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Understanding Addiction’s 3 Stages Could Help Us Treat The Disease

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Addiction actually changes the brain. Huffington Post (1/28) Experts who research addiction have long argued that it is a disease of the brain. Now, in a new paper, they present a model of addiction, broken down into three key stages, to illustrate how the condition changes human neurobiology. Essentially, each of these three phases affects […]

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Validation – The Key to Communication

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When one member of the family is suffering with any sort of mental health concern or crisis, the whole family is affected.  During these times, it is often hard for family members to know how to effectively communicate with that family member.  Do you say something? Do you ask how they are doing? Do you […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Someone with Alcoholism

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Having a friend or loved one who struggles with alcohol abuse can be an overwhelming situation. Whether they’re just getting help or have been in recovery for a while, saying and doing the right thing can be tricky. Handling the situation the right way can make the difference between helping or enabling your loved one. […]

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Teen Drug Addiction: It’s mushrooming out of control

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In today’s society, kids are experimenting with everything at much earlier ages:  drugs and sex being the most prevalent and widely linked together. Parents commonly believe that street drugs draw the kids into chemical addiction, but the real gateway drugs are often found at home – in your bathroom cabinet.    The first “dealers” are usually […]

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It’s Planting Time

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My daughter recently called about planting some sweet potatoes.  She reminded me it is a good time to plant them so they would be grown by Fall.  One of the most stubborn spiritual rules in the universe is ‘whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap….” What I want to offer parents and young people today […]

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