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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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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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From 2017 to 2018…

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Asked to write a column for Mental Health Weekly’s Special Preview Issue, it was a chance to connect with Mental Health Weekly’s audience and then to share the piece as my first blog for 2018. But limited by space in both the column and blog forced choices on the focus of content. There are so […]

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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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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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