The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids // By THE PARTNERSHIP If you’ve ever talked to a professional about your child struggling with substance use, chances are you’ve heard a common refrain — to take care of yourself. But why would a professional tell you to focus your energies on yourself, if your child is the one who…

The New Yorker // By Malcolm Gladwell A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no bombshells or surprises, which perhaps explains…

PBS / NOVA Watch this PBS Special to understand the science of addiction. Hear firsthand from individuals struggling with addiction and follow the cutting-edge work of doctors and scientists as they investigate why addiction is not a moral failing, but a chronic, treatable medical condition.  https://www.pbs.org/video/addiction-afsxne/

The Blade // By Brian Dugger Can chiropractic therapy help stem opioid tide? For Tyler Vargo of Rossford, the downward spiral started with bunion surgery when he was 15. Vicodin was prescribed for his pain. He abused it. First it was 5 milligrams, then 20, then 30 milligrams. Eventually it was 10 30s a day.…

Addiction Policy Forum Click on the link below to watch Addiction Policy Forum’s “The ADDICTION Series”, two-to-three minute educational episodes to expand understanding about addiction and replace the myths and misinformation surrounding substance use disorders (SUDs). https://www.addictionpolicy.org/addiction-series-main

WKSU 89.7 // By Tim Rudell Health-care providers increasingly try to measure the benefits and risks of opioids and alternatives. PRACTICE ANALYSIS OF CHIROPRACTIC 2015, NBCE / AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION The number of prescriptions doctors are writing for opioid pain killers is down and not just because they’re pulling back in the face of the addiction crisis.  Alternative approaches to pain treatment are finding…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids // By Dr. John Dyben, DHSC, MCAP, CMHP Jennifer was 30 when she found herself in residential treatment for alcohol and drug addiction that had devastated her life for nearly five years. Though she struggled at first, she began to experience freedom in sobriety and became increasingly excited about the proposition…

Your Teen for Parents // By Jaimie Seaton Think twice about filling that painkiller prescription. If your teenager has had wisdom teeth removed, it’s possible the dentist sent them home with a prescription for an opioid such as Percocet (oxycodone) or Vicodin (hydrocodone). Prescription opioids were developed to treat severe pain, but in the past…

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.1,2 Further,…

SMART Recovery // Green-In-MI, SMART Recovery Online Member SMARTies who participate in SMART Recovery Online (SROL) will sooner or later hear me sing the praises of exercise as an integral part of recovery. For me, exercise is a valuable Vitally Absorbing Creative Interest (VACI) as well as something that provides a host of side benefits.…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids You may have heard that your son or daughter needs to “hit rock bottom” or “has to want help,” in order to get better. And therefore any attempts to otherwise convince him or her to enter treatment is wasted breath. The fact of the matter is our loved ones are often interested…

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids  Figuring out if your child is using drugs or alcohol can be challenging. Many of the signs and symptoms are, at times, typical teen or young adult behavior. Many are also symptoms of mental health issues, including depression or anxiety disorders. Explore our parent Drug Guide for even more substance-specific warning…

the fix // By Boozemusings Co. If you’ve ever given up drinking you will have read a myriad of articles proclaiming how fabulous life is without booze: words of hope, words of praise, page upon page of unimaginable achievement. Since I stopped drinking 4.5 years ago I’ve become increasingly aware that these articles are pretty…

Harm Reduction Coalition  Overdose Response For a person whose breathing is severely impaired, rescue breathing or chest compressions is one of the most important steps in preventing an overdose death. When someone has extremely shallow and intermittent breathing (around one breath every 5-10 seconds) or has stopped breathing and is unresponsive, rescue breathing should be…

Take Charge Ohio // Dr. Mark Hurst Mental health and addiction disorders are more common than diabetes or heart disease, and they are just as treatable. Appropriate awareness, treatment and community supports can benefit families and communities.” Doctor Mark Hurst Medical Director of Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Individual paths to recovery…