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November 22, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Charlie Sheen Admits to Having HIV: Self-medicating, Substance Abuse and Mental Health

November 22, 2015 05:41 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D  [About the Author]

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On November 17, 2015, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show, viewers were shocked to hear actor Charlie Sheen disclose that he is HIV positive. After numerous reports of Mr. Sheen having over 700 women, many of his ex-lovers were livid about the confession leading some to panic. [More]

October 31, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Lamar Odom Fights For His Life Against Depression and Substance Abuse

October 31, 2015 09:45 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D  [About the Author]

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Lamar Odom entered the NBA with high hopes. Despite his short college career that was clouded by an arrest in Las Vegas, Lamar had talent that was much desired and was picked 4th in the 1999 NBA draft by the Clippers. Lamar’s story is similar to many athletes that rose above the crime ridden streets of their childhoods to fame. [More]

October 30, 2015
by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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Patrick Kennedy's Family Reflections

October 30, 2015 21:10 by Lorna Hecht, MFT  [About the Author]

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The Kennedy family has been in the news lately. Patrick Kennedy, son of former U.S. Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, has released a memoir that has become controversial, at least within the Kennedy family itself. In the memoir, Patrick, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, details a family history of alcohol abuse and mental illness. [More]

July 7, 2015
by Dr. Irina Kerzhnerman,Phd

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The Changing Face of Marijuana Use

July 7, 2015 14:22 by Dr. Irina Kerzhnerman,Phd  [About the Author]

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Last month, the City of Miami Beach disclosed that they are considering changing the city ordinance around marijuana possession to allow for a fine rather than incarceration for possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana for personal use. Although there was a time when this kind of policy change would have met with outrage and social protest, the changing climate towards marijuana use in the United States in the past several years makes this legislative consideration not all that surprising. [More]

May 28, 2015
by Henry M. Pittman, MA

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Dangerous World of Spice- Synthetic Marijuana Explored

May 28, 2015 07:55 by Henry M. Pittman, MA  [About the Author]

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The common thread between the District of Columbia, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska is that they all have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Each state has their own set of rules on how they govern the purchase, selling, transportation, and cultivating of marijuana. There are many states that are working towards their own legalization of marijuana. Regardless of when or if that comes to be, the effects of marijuana are the same, it is substance that causes euphoria, a high that causes impairment. There is no employer that is going to take a risk of allowing a person to use marijuana and be employed. It is a risk hazard regardless of it being legal per certain states and remains illegal on the federal level. Therefore, people who want to get high and/or avoid anyone knowing that they have substances in their urine, aka pass a drug test; would use “fake marijuana” or “synthetic marijuana” or “Spice” [More]

April 2, 2015
by Joan Childs,LCSW

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Codependency: The Disease of the Disease

April 2, 2015 07:55 by Joan Childs,LCSW  [About the Author]

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We now know that one of the chief causes of addiction is lack of connection. It has been documented by Johann Hari in his recent publication, The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think (Hari, 2015) that after many studies and research, the primary cause of addiction is a lack of bonding. When this occurs, human beings go into crisis. (Buber, 1958). When this happens before the developmental stages reach adulthood, the chronicity of loneliness becomes a set up for addiction. Hence, the drama begins. [More]

March 6, 2015
by David Porter, MA

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Risks Involved with Misuse of Caffeine

March 6, 2015 07:55 by David Porter, MA  [About the Author]

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Currently, rates of caffeine consumption in the United States are stable- the FDA indicates that as of 2012, the rates of consumption have not increased; however, the source of consumption – e.g.- energy drinks- has (Food and Drug Administration, 2012). This is contradictory with the casual observation of the the popularity of caffeinated energy drinks, such as Red Bull and Monster, and increasingly large serving sizes of coffee. [More]

February 23, 2015
by Charity Finch,MS, LPC Intern, CRC, BCN

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Neurofeedback as a Treatment for Alcohol and Substance Abuse

February 23, 2015 07:55 by Charity Finch,MS, LPC Intern, CRC, BCN  [About the Author]

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Neurofeedback, or qEEG neurotherapy, records the individual’s unique brainwave patterns and utilizes auditory and visual feedback to train brainwaves to a normalized pattern (Quinn, Bodenheimer-Davis, & Koch, 2004). Alcoholics and illicit substance users show similar abnormal brainwave patterns outside the range of individuals without dependence upon alcohol or illicit substances. [More]