— Surgeon General upgrades definition—sparks new perspective. Addiction treatment has come a long way from its earliest roots in both effective options and societal attitudes. Once thought of as a sinful overindulgence reflecting a lack of self-control and discipline—a moral failure or corruption on the part of the user—is now largely understood as a progressive Read the Full Story >>
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Parenting Practices for Protection and Prevention
There are few things that overwhelm me like the thought of my kids struggling with addiction in the future. Right now they are young, vibrant, and super curious about life. But before long, the possibility of them being offered a drink or a smoke, or something else, may come their way. While this is scary Read the Full Story >>
I Lost My Brother to Mr. Brown
Mike Chalmers is a consulting editor and former editor-in-chief (2016-2020) for The Observer. — If we’re going to truly address the addiction epidemic, we’ve got to be brutally honest about it. I’ll go first. When we took over at the new Observer, we knew we wanted to place ourselves firmly within the emerging conversation surrounding Read the Full Story >>