DID YOU KNOW THAT LAVENDER IS GOOD FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION? TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Studies conducted with lavender oil have produced amazing positive effects for people with anxiety, depression, and other medical issues. The genus Lavandula is native to the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and southern Europe through … [Read more]

PART TWO OF HOW MANY PATIENTS IN DRUG TREATMENT SMOKE? TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Having read that article from SAMHSA regarding patients in substance abuse treatment that also smoked, I decided to do some investigating of my own. I interviewed 10 males, some with co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health) … [Read more]

IS SMOKING ADDICTIVE OR NOT? TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH PART I

I watched a very interesting video on http://www.campralquitsmoking.com in which high ranking tobacco company CEOs are being asked to declare on film if they believed tobacco was addictive. It was amazing how these gentlemen vehemently declared they … [Read more]

THREE BRIEF STORIES OF ADDICTION AND MENTAL ILLNESS: TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Sometimes addicts and alcoholics see no light at the end of the tunnel. Living in chaos is all they have ever known. That is their norm. Most people with co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse) wind up in the criminal justice … [Read more]

DEATH COCKTAIL MAKES THE NEW DUI: TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

What I refer to as the “death cocktail” is the lethal combination of pills and alcohol. I interviewed a Miami-Dade Medical Examiner, Dr. Hyma, in 2012 and he told that most of the people that come in to the morgue have died of the “death cocktail” … [Read more]

BAKER ACT VS. MARCHMAN ACT AND THE PROS AND CONS THAT COME WITH IMPLEMENTATION: TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

The Marchman Act, also known formerly as the Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act, can be voluntary or involuntary. In order for the Marchman Act to be involuntary certain criteria must be met such as: A law enforcement officer can … [Read more]

DRUG OFFENDERS ELIGIBLE FOR EARLY RELEASE FROM PRISON PER US JUDICIAL AGENCY: TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Drug Offenders Eligible for Early Release from Prison per US Judicial Agency: Teaching People about Addiction and Mental Health 46,290 drug offenders are now eligible for early release from prison due to an amendment to sentencing guidelines … [Read more]

ADOLESCENTS RISK TAKING BEHAVIOR A GATEWAY TO DRUGS: TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

• According to Johnson, Dariotis, and Wang (2012), by most measures, adolescents engage in more risk taking than adults. Consequently, the three leading causes of death among older adolescents are related to decisions they make (motor vehicle … [Read more]

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRISTIE SUPPORTS TREATMENT VS PRISON FOR NON-VIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS: TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION, RECOVERY, MENTAL HEALTH, AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY

http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/New-Jersey-Governor-Christie-Supports-Treatment-Vs-Prison-For-Non-violent-Drug-Offenders—Teaching-People-About-Addiction–Recovery–Mental-Health–And-Cultural-Competency-/3010290 HTML … [Read more]

KROKODIL IS A VILE AND FAST SPREADING EPIDEMIC: TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT ADDICTION, RECOVERY, AND MENTAL HEALTH

Krokodil is a vile and fast spreading epidemic that renders the life expectancy of a user to approximately two years before death ensues from painful complications such as gangrene, body rot, and amputation. Addicts, who are usually uncaring of where … [Read more]