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Please read my comments in the Metro regarding the pros and cons of taking a break from drinking for a month. Harm reduction is an approach to alcohol counseling which is science-based and effective in many cases. Still others may find abstinence the only alternative. https://www.metro.us/body-and-mind/health/drynuary-pros-and-cons

   College and University Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings     Here is a list of local colleges and the public 12-Step/AA/NA meetings that are hosted there.  This is not an endorsement of these meetings by AA or any 12 step group and is being published here as a resource for college and university students to be [...]

Suboxone Sales Estimated to Reach $1.4 Billion in 2012: More Than the Blockbusters Viagra or Adderall  These data, fresh in from a Drugs.com report and described through CESAR, the Center for Substance Abuse Research which is a department of  The University of Maryland describe how large is the treatment scope for the drug Suboxone.  Suboxone also [...]

  In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer, on January 18th 2013, William Bender discusses the virtures of Vivitrol in controling craving for addiction especially to alcohol and opiates. A summary of this article and link is provided below. Two years ago, thirty-five year old, Nicole Kapulsky quit injecting heroin. She struggled with addiction and would inject heroin everyday. While in [...]

University of Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Research focuses on biological explanations using MRIs to explain opiate, marijuana, nicotine, cocaine and alcohol addiction.  Early this year Philadelphia Inquirer writer William Bender did a story on research involving MRIs to study drug addiction. http://articles.philly.com/2013-01-18/news/36417589_1_addiction-anna-rose-childress-opiate-addicts. This useful and well written article features Twenty-five year old, Matthew Ellis who struggled with [...]

Addiction as a Disease: A Brief History and Science It is clear that addiction has devastating consequences in our society. The National Institutes on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported in 2001 that 104 million people stated that they had used an illegal drug at some point in their [...]

This is a guest blog by Abbey Wexler a well respected professional colleague of mine discussing her personal experience with hospice and loss. This post is not my usual drug and alcohol or addiction post but I find it moving and informative and extremely well written. Abbey is an Adjunct Instructor in the Counseling Psychology Department [...]

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