Yoga for Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery

More and more people are discovering the benefits of yoga for those individuals who are seeking recovery from addiction. Roy King, PhD, MD from Stanford University has studied the biological impact of yoga on drug abuse. What he found is that by inhibiting the dopamine impulse, which addicts get from using, yoga helps to inhibit…

College Students Often Start Using Substances in Summer, SAMHSA Study Shows

A first of a kind study, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) conducted in August 2015, shed insight on substance use patterns among one in five full-time college students (18-22) who were using illicit or potentially harmful substances. The study which tracks initiation of use by month shows that the initiation for…

Building LGBT Cultural Competence in Health Care

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the rate of Substance Abuse Disorder among the LGBT community isn’t well known but studies indicate that it is somewhere between 20%—30% which is significantly higher than the general population which stands at 9%. Additionally, men who have sex with men are 3.5 times…

How Long Should My Loved One Be in Treatment?

“So, how long should my son stay in treatment?” a worried mother asked me yesterday. For those of us who work in drug and alcohol treatment, this is probably the question we hear the most from anxious husbands, wives, parents, siblings and friends. How long should your loved one stay at alcohol or drug rehab? Despite all…