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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
On his popular comedy television sitcom, The Cosby Show (1984–1992), Bill Cosby came across as a successful professional and a compassionate family man (IMDb, 2017). The much-loved and respected Cosby was recognized as the fictitious Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable and as “America’s Dad.”
As shall be demonstrated in this series, cultivating the quality of deep-seated contentment constitutes a key cornerstone in integrating a wellness mindset and lifestyle into recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other addictive disorders.
Over the past few years, the federal government has made a noticeable investment in fighting opioid abuse. Traditionally this subject was the purview of federal agencies such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or even the Veteran’s Administration (VA).
Researchers and treatment professionals have explored the intersection between trauma and substance abuse for years, as the majority of clients entering addiction treatment have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. But what is often overlooked is how trauma manifests differently and specifically in men and women.
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