Professional Intervention

HOW DOES PARENTAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECT CHILDREN?

As children, we look to our parents and caregivers for unconditional support from the time we are infants through adulthood. But some parents can’t provide that support because they’re dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction.

In fact, it’s estimated that 25% of […]

5 DO’S AND DON’T OF TALKING TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION

If you suspect your loved one has a substance use problem and is in denial about it, bringing up the topic can feel awkward or even frightening. Defensiveness is the default response to such conversations for many people who have a substance use disorder or […]

IS INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT THE NEXT TOOL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC?

Civil commitment, or involuntary commitment, allows health professionals, members of law enforcement and relatives to petition a court for the treatment of a person who has mental illness and is seen as a danger to themselves or others. 37 states and Washington, D.C. have civil […]

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION

If you have a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, you likely know how difficult it can be to confront them about it. Perhaps you’ve tried having a conversation in the past that was met with avoidance, anger, guilt or other […]

WHO RECOGNIZES GAMING ADDICTION AS MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION

The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month classified gaming addiction as a mental health condition. The organization’s beta draft of the eleventh International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) characterizes gaming addiction “by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior.”

Symptoms of gaming […]

How to Stage an Intervention

When someone you love is grappling with drug or alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to determine the best way to help. Although your loved one’s addiction may be very apparent to you, they may struggle to see it.

Perhaps you’ve tried to initiate conversations in […]

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