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Alcohol: Killer in a Bottle

August 13, 2018 | Addiction | Substance Use | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Alcohol is a killer hiding in plain sight. While we demonize the use of other drugs, we celebrate with alcohol. It’s part of our weddings and graduations, our birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. […]

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If Addiction is a Disease, What kind of Disease is it? Join the Conversation!

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Addiction is a chronic disease that changes the structure of the brain and how it works. This understanding helped fuel our fight for parity, promote evidence-based treatment and recovery services, and now supports a $35 billion drug treatment industry. But critics – including renowned addiction psychiatrist and NatCon18 speaker Sally Satel – believe that calling […]

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Safe Injection Sites: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

In the game of “good idea, bad idea,” it seems no one is neutral about supervised consumption facilities, also called safe injection sites. Proponents say people can’t recover from a substance use problem if they’re dead, and supervised consumption facilities have been proven to keep them alive. Safe injection sites are facilities where people can […]

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Finding Reputable Addiction Treatment May Be the Difference Between Life and Death

February 15, 2018 | Addiction | Substance Use | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The stories are heartbreaking. Drug treatment in this country has become a $35 billion industry, opening the floodgates for a host of unscrupulous operators who prey on vulnerable individuals and families. With glossy brochures and prepaid plane tickets, so called “body brokers” lure people desperate for help with the promise of spa-like surroundings where they […]

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During Recovery Month, do the Next Right Thing

September 19, 2017 | Addiction | Substance Use | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

This post first ran on Behavioral Healthcare Executive and can be accessed here. Tom Hill, vice president of addiction and recovery for the National Council, always reminds us, “You just have to do the next right thing.” For Tom, the first right thing was telling his own story of addiction and throwing off the yoke […]

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Arguments Amongst Friends: A Conversation On Marijuana

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

“Different people, in good faith, can look at the same fact and interpret it differently. But that’s where an interesting conversation begins.” Eric Schlosser, author of Reefer Madness No one, it seems, is neutral about marijuana. Perhaps you agree with Kathy, who emailed the National Council to say, “Cannabis (medical marijuana) is saving thousands, if […]

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An Ounce of Prevention: Celebrating National Prevention Week, May 14-20

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

  “Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.” — Bill Gates Though the origin of the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is in doubt, no one who works in behavioral health has reason to question its meaning. As we prepare once again to observe National Prevention Week – May 14–20 […]

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Loneliness is Killing Us, But Love and Compassion Can Heal: My Conversation with Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

May 2, 2017 | Addiction | Healthcare | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

I was saddened when I read the headline on April 21 that Vivek H. Murthy was stepping down as Surgeon General at the request of the Trump administration. His leadership in bringing addictions to the forefront of public health has done the country a great service. I am deeply sorry he won’t be able to […]

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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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