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: Taylor Davis The opioid epidemic is one of the hottest topics in the healthcare industry today. With more than two million Americans addicted to prescription painkillers and more than 90 dying from opioid overdoses each day, healthcare organizations of all types are asking, What can we do to treat this addiction and prevent this…

By Martha McLaughlin There is a strong relationship between addiction and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). An article in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism notes that studies have found the lifetime risk of addictive illness among ADHD patients to be double that of those without the condition.1 Although the correlation is clear, the reasons for…

For most mothers, holding a newborn baby for the first time is an experience like no other. The immediate bonding as baby lies close to mom’s heart is typically the beginning of life outside the womb. But for new mothers struggling with opioid addiction, these precious first moments may be very different. Babies born addicted…

It seems like a futuristic world where artificial intelligence (AI) and technology are part of revolutionizing mental health care. However, that future has arrived. Technology and AI are on such a rapid course in development that what seemed like science fiction just a few years ago has now become reality. AI technology is impacting nearly…

By Jenni Deming Opioid addiction has a familiar face. It has the eyes of the retired grandmother next door. It has the smile of the bag boy at your local grocery store. And it has the ears, nose and skin of the lawyer, nurse and social worker you’ve known since childhood. Maybe it even has…

By Sarah E. Ludwig It’s all over the news: Opioid use is on the rise, whether it involves powerful prescription pain relievers, such as Vicodin, codeine, Demerol or OxyContin, drugs used for maintenance therapy in opioid use disorder treatment, such as methadone or buprenorphine, or illicit drugs like heroin. This upward trend impacts many pregnant…