The Deadliest Intoxication

Painkillers and alcohol are everywhere. They’re also the fastest rising cause of emergency room visits in the United States, with the number of people seeking treatment for combined overdose rising 300 percent between 1999 and 2010. Prescription drugs, such as painkillers and benzodiazepines, mixed with alcohol are the newest and deadliest mix. What to Know…

The Role Despair Plays in Addiction

Many people can attest to the fact that times are hard — maybe harder than they’ve ever been, or at least since The Great Depression. The cost of living continues to rise while jobs continue to be scarce. Even for those fortunate enough to find work, the pay is usually well below what is needed…

Dual Diagnosis: A Common, Complex Problem

On December 14, 2012, twenty-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza then shot himself in the head, taking with him any chance of understanding why he committed such a terrible crime. In the aftermath of the shootings, new media reported Lanza may have suffered…