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By On April 3rd, 2018

Getting High to Die

The connection between death by opioid overdose and suicide by opioid overdose is a growing concern. Maria Oquendo, MD, the immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association puts suicide by opioid overdose as between 25 and 45% of the deaths by overdose. Dr. Oquendo points to one study of overdoses which identified that 46%…


By On December 21st, 2017

Are They Really New Year’s Resolutions?

Each year we make promises to ourselves about the changes we will make after the New Year. But, why do we wait for this one day a year to initiate the changes we want to undertake to make our lives better, lose weight, eat healthier, become sober or be happier? Is there anything which sets…


By On July 6th, 2017

DIY Detox: Many Risks, Many Uncertainties

With the opioid addiction problem in the U.S. reaching an all time high, we are faced with a shortage of detox and addiction rehab beds, as well as limits of public and private insurance to pay for treatment. Changes to the Affordable Health Care Act are looming in the Senate and could well remove opioid…


By On May 11th, 2017

Dealing with opioid overdoses one passerby at a time

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts is considering installing “lock boxes” containing Narcan, also known as Naloxone. Individuals nearby could then administer the medication to people with drug overdoses who are found on the street. The possibility of this program began with a survey conducted by public health and safety officials to determine if people would…


By On February 17th, 2017

Caregivers need care too!

 Friday, February 17th is National Caregiver’s Day. It is important to recognize that caregivers are an important part of the recovery process. Caregivers experience high stress which can affect their physical and mental health causing illness and problems which can interfere with their ability to provide support and care to their loved one in the…


By On February 7th, 2017

Orange is the New Psychiatric Hospital

Between 1960 and 1980, 80% of the long-term psychiatric beds in the U.S. were eliminated. We all applauded that as a productive move towards de-institutionalization and in supporting people with mental health problems in the community. The reality is that the state hospital of the 1960’s has been replaced with prison. Conservative research indicates that…


By On July 8th, 2016

Suicide Spike Hits Veterans

The suicide rate among veterans has increased by 35% since 2001. The sharp increase is among veterans who have served since 2001 with the rate among women increased by 85% in that same time span. The young veterans, age 18 to 29 had a suicide rate of 86 deaths per 100,000 for men and 33…


By On May 7th, 2016

Prince’s Death: A greater problem exposed

We have written about the role of substance abuse, addiction and mental health problems as the cause of death in many people in the public eye. Our list includes:  Amy Winehouse, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger, and many others. Yet, with Prince’s death we found ourselves waiting, or maybe, not wanting to write…

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