• A Name Changed, a Stronger Voice

    The National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA), which until this month was called the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), came into existence in February, 1983, and has been the continuous voice for the children across the addiction treatment and recovery fields, faith communities, the medical and mental health fields, and fields of social work and education, since its inception.

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  • Reconfiguring Diagnosis

    Mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) diagnoses may appear more forthright than they actually are. In contrast to many physical health problems, there is no way to directly and precisely measure a substance use or mental health condition to arrive at a given diagnosis.

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Healthy Anger: A Mind and Body Approach

2017/Jul-Aug

Addiction, regardless of the form it takes, is often a distraction from anger and the underlying pain that triggers it. While some individuals with addictions impulsively act out their anger, others avoid and deny it.

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The Myth of Anger Management

2017/Jul-Aug

Stories of men’s anger and the ways it wreaks havoc in families and communities are legendary. Turn on the TV and see anger and violence, usually perpetrated by men, glorified from the gridiron to the silver screen.

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Men and Our Anger: How to Make it Work for Good

2017/Jul-Aug

As counselors and therapists, we need to be knowledgeable about anger and how it can best be addressed in the therapeutic process. This requires an understanding of the psychological, social, and cultural context for this powerful emotion as it manifests in male behavior.

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Association between Quality Measures and Mortality in Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

2017/Jul-Aug

People with mental health or substance use disorders (MH/SUDs) have a higher risk of death when compared to the general population, with the highest rates of mortality being among people with co-occurring MH/SUDs (Dickey, Dembling, Azeni, & Normand, 2004; Muhuri & Gfroerer, 2011; Roerecke & Rehm, 2013; Rosen, Kuhn, Greenbaum, & Drescher, 2008; Walker, McGee, & Druss, 2015).

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Women of Color in Alcoholics Anonymous

2017/Jul-Aug

People often start addiction treatment with a bias for or against the concept of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). As health care providers, it is our job to expose these biases and convince our patients of the utility of support groups.

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Celebrity Theft: Unmasking Addictive Criminal Intent

2017/Jul-Aug

Just about every week we hear or read about another celebrity who got into serious legal trouble for stealing. Whether they are film or TV stars, celebrity offenders must quickly figure out why they steal, or face jail time.

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