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BREAKING NEWS: Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth is Bad

In October 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published the report Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth. The report marked the first time we had conclusive, universal data, federally, that conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) youth is not effective. In fact, conversion “therapy” has […]

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Why We Must Support Maternal Mental Health

One in five new or expectant mothers will experience debilitating anxiety or depression during pregnancy or the first year postpartum. These illnesses – known as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) – are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, more common than other perinatal complications combined (gestational diabetes with hypertension and preecamplsia). All […]

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Supporting Our Students in Recovery

As I sit here in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport, waiting to board my last flight to Charleston, South Carolina, I cannot help but be reminded of what it was like to be an 18-year-old with a substance use disorder (SUD) headed to her first semester as an undergrad. I began using drugs and alcohol […]

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Young people in recovery new recovery culture

The lack of funding from both public and private sectors for our nation’s most pervasive and destructive public health matter — addiction — is nothing short of an abomination and arguably today’s most public and private cultural and political failure. More people die from alcohol and other drug-related incidents than any other public health crisis […]

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We All Know “THAT Student”

We all know “that student.” It doesn’t matter whether they are a preschool, elementary, middle or high school student, educators are well aware of the student who comes to school angry, agitated and not ready to learn. It appears school is the last place this student wants to be. Yet, they return every single day, […]

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Advancing Addiction Treatment for Youth: Q and A with Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Marc Fishman

Substance use disorders are a pediatric, developmental problem. The occurrence of substance use and problem use peaks in young adulthood. If we understand addictions as an adolescent or pediatric problem, then we can accurately change our approach to research and clinical practice, and most importantly our policy and service delivery. Think of what this country […]

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The Importance of Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Walk into any classroom in America and take a look around. You’ll likely see an average of 30 students, a teacher, some colorful decorations and an assortment of notebooks and backpacks. Know what you won’t see? You won’t see that 24 of those 30 students have likely experienced trauma. Normally children use their mid-brain and […]

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