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8 Reasons Why the Holidays Are the Right Time for Residential Addiction Treatment

By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O.

If you are a professional whose alcohol or drug use has gotten out of control, you may be telling yourself that when the New Year comes, you will reach out for the help that you need. Your addiction is likely telling you that you can make it through one more holiday. It may also convince you that this year will be different; you will finally stick to your New Year’s resolution to get sober.

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How to Manage Trauma Triggers During the Holidays

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

The holidays can be a difficult time for people who struggle with the impact of childhood traumatic experiences and PTSD. Trauma therapist Laurie Kahn, MA, MFA, LCPC, is the founder and director of Womencare Counseling Center, co-creator of the Trauma Consultation Program, and author of the forthcoming Baffled By Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones. She discusses common triggers that trauma survivors may experience during the holidays and what people can do to take care of themselves during this time.

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‘Pink’ Drug Blamed for Deaths Nationwide, Easily Purchased Online

Posted on October 27th, 2016

First, there was fentanyl. Then, carfentanil began to make a name for itself on autopsy reports across America.

Now, meet “pink.” The newest addition to the family of monstrously potent synthetic opioids, known by chemists as U-47700, is being blamed for an increasing number of overdose deaths in the U.S. But what sets pink, or “pinky,” apart from its lethal kin?

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Spice Hits Los Angeles’ Skid Row With a Vengeance

Posted on October 17th, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown took quick action after the synthetic drug “Spice” was blamed for dozens of overdoses in August. The governor signed Senate Bill 139 into law on Sept. 24. Introduced by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Assn., the bill adds a number of specified drugs and chemicals to the existing list of prohibited synthetic cannabinoids.

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Bottle to Throttle: What Happens to Drunk Airline Pilots?

Posted on September 26th, 2016

By Greg Skipper, MD

A friend of mine went to play golf in Scotland, and while there he went to a pub to get a sandwich. The pub owner asked why he was in Scotland and my friend responded, “To play golf.” The owner retorted, “Laddie, you are in the right place.” The bartender then offered my friend a beer and he responded, “I don’t drink,” and the bartender then replied, “Laddie, you are in the wrong place.”

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Is Binge Drinking in College Innocent Fun?

Posted on September 7th, 2016

What would college be without the experience of heartily partying? Drinking to excess in college is almost as much a rite of passage as learning to drive or cramming for finals. College kids routinely participate in drinking games, keg parties and reckless experimentation. For many students, it’s the first chance they have had to let loose with no parental supervision.

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Do You Know Latest Slang for Popular Teen Drugs?

Posted on August 15th, 2016

As a parent, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends and fads popular with your teenage son or daughter. Something is in one day and out the next. It’s enough to make your head spin and you have more important things to concentrate on, right? If you’re talking about the latest pop star, sure, you don’t need to be up to date. However, teens are also changing their allegiances to illegal drugs as well as the names they use for them.

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