3 Common Myths About Eating Disorders
When it comes to eating disorder education, it's vital that you seek out the truth.

Despite years of intense research, eating disorders (EDs) remain shrouded in misconception and half-truths. According to data from the National Institutes on Mental Health (NIMH), eating disorders are “real, treatable medical illnesses that frequently coexist with other illnesses such as depression, substance abuse or anxiety disorders.” As with all health disorders, knowledge is power. If [...]

7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab Facility
Getting the right information is essential when searching for addiction treatment.

Making the decision to seek professional treatment for your substance use disorder can be a very scary experience. You are choosing to invest your time, money and trust in a rehab program with the hope of discovering a new, healthy lifestyle for yourself. This process takes faith, courage and hard work – and if you [...]

Former Reality Star Looks to Launch Marijuana Line
Bethenny Frankel is on the verge of launching Skinnygirl marijuana.

Bethenny Frankel reportedly cleared more than $8 million after selling her Skinnygirl cocktail line, but that wasn’t enough. Now she’s set to create a whole new empire by taking on the marijuana industry. Weed Gets a Reality Star Spin The “Real Housewives” star and former talk show host is reportedly planning to create her own [...]

States Take Colorado’s Legal Pot Industry to Task
An enormous amount of "legal" weed now illegally flows into other states.

Legal marijuana in Colorado has sparked a battle with other states that’s heading to court. Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado, claiming that state-regulated recreational pot shops are bringing more marijuana into their communities than ever before and contributing to a huge increase in crime. Battling Legalized Marijuana The lawsuit is being brought forth by [...]

5 Ways ObamaCare Helps with the Cost Rehab
Healthcare reform makes addiction treatment much more affordable for patients.

Nearly 23 million Americans suffer from alcohol or drug addiction, but only two million are receiving treatment for it. In many cases, this is due to a lack of treatment options or an inability to afford those services. But with the provisions made under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) to both provide and [...]

Hey Drug Traffickers, Don’t Mess with Texas!
Anti-heroin billboards now grace Texas roadways as a warning to traffickers.

Heroin use has become such an epidemic in Texas that Drug Enforcement Administration officials have taken the fight to the streets – but probably not in the way you’re thinking. The DEA is now using highway and interstate billboards to try and crack down on the drug traffickers transporting and selling heroin in the Lone [...]

Belly Up to the Bar and Get a Free…Pregnancy Test?
Alaska recently installed pregnancy test vending machines in several local bars.

An Alaskan nonprofit group hopes female bar patrons will be enticed to do the “responsible thing” and avoid alcohol consumption now that many of these establishments offer free pregnancy tests in their bathrooms. That’s right; Alaska proudly welcomed 20 pregnancy test dispensers last month – each one bound for various bathroom installation sites around the state. [...]

Experimental Addiction Treatments in the Pipeline
As with all vaccines, there are drawbacks to these new experimental therapies.

New treatments for addiction are urgently needed. Substance use disorders are a chronic and serious health problem for many people, while relapse rates—even with current medications—are 60 to 80 percent at the end of the first year after attempting to get sober. This situation is in part due to the enduring stigma associated with addiction, [...]

The Debate: Is Bong Water a Drug?
The legality of bong water has been rigorously debated in Minnesota.

Most marijuana users wouldn’t even consider drinking bong water; it’s pretty disgusting stuff. However, a classic drug case in the state of Minnesota not only labeled bong water a drug, it became endless fodder for late-night hosts and resulted in one woman’s extended incarceration. The War on Bong Water In what some have comically referred [...]

Should We Mix Alcohol with Pregnant Women’s Rights?
Lately fetal alcohol spectrum disorder debates have found their way to death row.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a 40-year-old blame game, conducted with tired lectures about good mothers and bad mothers and sad stories of disabled children. It has been back in full swing over the last year on both sides of the Atlantic. A panel of judges in the UK ruled in December that a [...]