Articles containing: addiction

Could Your Honor Student Be A Heroin Addict?

May 18, 2017

This video offers two compelling chapters: first, a fictional sequence of a day in the life of a clean-cut teen addict, and second, a frank dialog with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and a young man in recovery.

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Marijuana: Facts And Myths

May 18, 2017

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Many parents and teens wonder about the safety of using marijuana. While much is known about this substance, there is still considerable controversy about its potential harm to teenagers.

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For Those Suffering From Addiction, Recovery Is The Most Likely Outcome—But How Do We Get There From Here?

May 17, 2017

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

NOTE: In light of the landmark substance abuse and recovery legislation that was passed today by the Massachusetts Legislature, this blog and podcast couldn’t be any more pertinent.

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Adolescent Substance Use: How The Addiction Free Futures Project Plans To Make A Difference

May 15, 2017

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This is the first blog post in a series as part of The Clay Center’s involvement in the Addiction Free Futures Project from the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, the aim of which is to expand youth and young adult access to substance use prevention and early intervention tools like SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referra

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Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground

May 1, 2017

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We are now in what I believe is the 17th annual “Screen-Free Week” in the United States and abroad. This is a much publicized and highly laudable movement that asks us to take a week—an entire week—to get our children to unplug whatever they happen to own with a screen.

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April 20th Is Upon Us: Making Some Sense of Marijuana

April 19, 2017

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April 20th is upon us in the year 2017, which means that more states and more jurisdictions than ever before will have relaxed, erased, and (dare I say) totally chilled their marijuana laws. We are likely to experience an unprecedented amount of cannabis in the air as April 20th continues to increase its pop culture relevance.

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When A Teen Talks Suicide

September 12, 2014

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“Doctor, he said he just doesn’t care about living anymore. He’s been really upset for a while, and when his girlfriend broke things off, he just shut down.”

Steve and I get calls like this all too frequently.

Situations like this are terribly frightening for parents.

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Journeys On Our Own

April 25, 2014

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This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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Myths About The 12-Step Program: What Science Tells Us About Effective Treatment Of Addiction

April 23, 2014

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In recent years, there have been some questions raised about the effectiveness of 12-step mutual-help programs (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) and 12-step professional treatment plans, claiming that these approaches are almost completely ineffective and even harmful in treating substance use disorders.

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