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With her finger on the pulse of advocacy, practice improvement, and trends, Linda brings news from the field that you, or your work, can't live without.

Recovery Month – Everyone Deserves a Chance

September 6, 2016 | Addiction | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Last night we took a friend out to dinner, celebrating 12 months of sobriety. He looks and feels great. Throughout Recovery Month, many of us will rightfully celebrate the triumphs and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery. But, as we recognize those successes, we must also ensure people of color have […]

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Did Saturday Night Live’s Heroin Commercial Make you Angry?

April 19, 2016 | Addiction | Substance Use | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

America is worried about the wrong thing. This weekend, Saturday Night Live ran a commercial parody for a fictitious pharmaceutical product, Heroin AM, a product that combines heroin with cocaine and caffeine. The “commercial” depicted three white, middle class, suburban parents using the product to achieve “added productivity” while using heroin. Americans reacted by sending […]

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A Washington Post Story Raises as Many Questions as It Answers About the Justice System and Addiction

October 28, 2015 | Addiction | Substance Use | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President & CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

A recent Washington Post article got me thinking about how our criminal justice system deals with addictions and how even the best of intentions can have unintended consequences. The case the Post sets out is that California voters unknowingly made a bad bargain when they voted to reform the way the courts treat people with […]

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Amid a Boom in Addiction Treatment, Will Big New Players Understand the Old Model Must Change?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

New players in addiction treatment means it’s only going to get more complex.

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Is the Problem Cultural Incompetence or Racism?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

    Behavioral health providers hear the call for culturally competent and responsive services. But, there’s another important call to action less discussed — the disparities caused by racism. There is a rising tide of public awareness about the effect of racial bias on public services and the lives of people of color. News stories […]

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The Epidemic Hiding in Your Living Room

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Nearly a third of people who use drugs for the first time begin by using a prescription drug non-medically, and data suggests that one in 15 people who take non-medical prescription pain relievers will try heroin within 10 years. In 2014, I wrote about the difficulties policymakers are having coming to terms with the prescription […]

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Is Alcoholics Anonymous Irrational?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s important when an article cuts through the noise and provokes our thinking. Last month it was a JAMA opinion piece, Bring Back the Asylum. This month, the most recent issue of The Atlantic includes the article, The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the three authors of Bring Back the Asylum, is […]

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eCigarettes: Harmful or Helpful?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Despite knowing the dangers of smoking and losing my father and grandfather to lung cancer, I smoked for 25 years.  It took me 10 years of trying to finally quit. My husband has been on his journey even longer. Most recently, he began using eCigarettes as his newest weapon in what has been a long, […]

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Why Are We Merging?

October 8, 2014 | Addiction | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Why is the National Council and the State Associations of Addiction Services merging? Our post-merger tagline—stronger together—helps answer the question.

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Recovery Month: A Time For Some Tough Questions

September 19, 2014 | Addiction | Healthcare | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

September is National Recovery Month, a time to shine a spotlight on the strides the addiction and mental health communities have taken in the prevention, treatment and recovery-support services for addictions and mental illnesses. But also a time to ask tough questions.

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