No Criminal Charges Filed in Prince’s Death

On April 19, 2018 it was announced by Carver County attorney Mark Metz, that no criminal charges will be filed in Prince’s death. Prince died on April 21,2016, from an accidental fentanyl overdose after taking counterfeit Vicodin pills that were laced with fentanyl. During a press conference it was reported that there was no evidence…


The Surgeon General Advises the use of Naloxone.

On April 5, 2018 the US surgeon general issued a rare public health advisory recommending that more Americans carry the life-saving drug Naloxone. The last such advisory was issued in 2005 and focused on drinking during pregnancy. Naloxone, also known as Narcan ,can be administered to save the life of someone who is overdosing on…


National Alcohol Screening Day

First launched in 1999, by the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is an outreach, education, and screening program meant to raise awareness about the harmful consequences of problem drinking.  NASD can also connect individuals who are at risk with different treatment options. Held annually, on the first Thursday of April,…

a young woman struggles to figure out the correct addiction definition

Determining the Correct Addiction Definition

When it comes to defining terms in the addiction treatment world, some definitions are straightforward, while others leave room for interpretation. Many people define addiction differently, but not every definition is concise or even correct. Without a clear understanding of addiction, recovery can be difficult. How can one determine which addiction definition is correct? Defining…

A woman wonders is addiction a disease

Is Addiction a Disease?

Unfortunately, there’s a common misconception that addiction only happens to the morally weak. When it comes to the question, “Is addiction a disease?” many people believe addiction occurs because of flaws in the user’s personality. This mischaracterization that addiction is a weakness of character contributes to the stigma suffered by those struggling with chemical dependency. Science disagrees…