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Understanding Addiction

Alcohol and Energy Drinks

  • Can

Alcohol energy drinks (AEDs) or Caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CABs) are premixed beverages containing not only alcohol but caffeine and other stimulants. Sold in tall, narrow cans similar to non-alcoholic energy drinks, they are very popular among young people and are regularly consumed by 31% of 12- to 17-year-olds and 34% […]

Everybody Knows Somebody Who Needs Help

  • Save A Life

Everybody knows somebody who needs help! After decades of working with folks who abuse alcohol and drugs, I’m still amazed at almost any conversation I am in where someone mentions a friend, relative or acquaintance who needs help. I think this is because they know I am in the “helping” […]

The Fight is Up to Us

  • Father and Son

Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times. The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an […]

Are Addiction and Mental Illness Really Brain Diseases?

The two primary (New York) intellectual organs, the New York Review of Books and The New York Times, have recently featured two powerful cultural icons saying exactly opposite things. Marcia Angell, the first woman editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and now at the Harvard Medical School, in an ongoing, two-part seriesin the New York […]