By Pat Matuszak It might be the most common fear that keeps people out of rehabilitation from substance addiction. It’s not the fear of withdrawal, and it’s not worry about what they’ll face in the process of recovery. It’s the fear of losing their job. Losing a career you love is a high price to…

By Martha McLaughlin Opioid addiction touches every segment of American society. No one is immune, and there are a lot of different ways people become addicted or respond to treatment based on varying characteristics and backgrounds. But research shows women have been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis. Let’s take a closer look at…

By: Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Sexual harassment and assault have come to the forefront of American culture this year, as allegations against politicians, actors, employers and cultural leaders emerge. Simply watching the evening news can feel overwhelming for people who have experienced sexual assault firsthand. Sexual harassment can be traumatic — but there is hope. A…

By Tamarra Kemsley Ketamine, an anesthetic infamous for abuse among club drug users, may actually help to alleviate even the most stubborn cases of depression. It’s a hypothesis researchers have been testing for years, including as far back as 2006 when a group from the National Institute of Mental Health injected 17 patients with the…

There’s a prevailing narrative in addiction treatment that says a person only seeks help for their substance misuse once they’ve hit rock bottom. The narrative is so common, in fact, that it’s often seen as a necessary step for a person to change. This belief can be traced back as early as 1953, the year…

Although addiction isn’t exactly a new problem, it wasn’t until it became the leading cause of accidental death that the seriousness of the heroin epidemic really came into focus for the population at large. In 2015, there were over 20.5 million Americans over the age of 12 with substance abuse problems. As well, there were…

Another year, another round of changes for Medicaid’s funding of mental health treatment. Such has been the story for years now in Michigan. The reason goes back to a “rebasing” process enacted in 2010 as a way to balance the distribution of Medicaid for mental health services throughout the state. But critics, including patients themselves,1…