Is Motivational Interviewing Right for You?

Motivational interviewing, also known as Motivational Enhancement Therapy or MI, uses a stages-of-change approach that has been proven effective in treating alcohol addiction and substance abuse. It is a client-centered, goal-oriented approach to counseling, with the objective to increase a person’s intrinsic motivation for behavior change through the exploration and resolution of ambivalence, according to […]

Nutrition’s Role In Recovery

Who remembers learning about the food pyramid in school, or before that studying the different food groups and using pictures of meats, breads, dairy, fruits and veggies to create balanced meals? As we were growing up, we were told, “food is fuel,” “you are what you eat,” and “milk does a body good.” Then we […]

The Truth About Suicide and Mental Illness

Despite our growing understanding and efforts to educate, there is still plenty the public doesn’t know about mental illness. There is an ongoing stigma and a wealth of misinformation when it comes to the topic. This was made clear following the recent suicide death of actor Robin Williams. The shocking celebrity loss sparked discussions online […]

New Hydrocodone Restrictions to Impact Prescription Painkiller Users

A crackdown on narcotic painkillers is on the way, and it can’t come too soon for those impacted by the prescription drug epidemic in the US. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on August 21, 2014 that it is moving hydrocodone combination products (also known as HCPs) from Schedule III to the more restrictive […]

The Truth About Marijuana

Marijuana use has long been controversial, with advocates insisting that it’s no more dangerous than cigarettes or alcohol, substances that have long been legal and readily available. On the other side, some experts warn that marijuana is a dangerous drug that adversely affects the brain and impacts a variety of functions. The Washington Post’s Ruth […]