Category Archives: addiction

The Dangers of Over-Using Mental Health Buzzwords

March 28, 2019

As mental health professionals, we are acutely aware of the gap between the number of people with diagnosable, verifiable and treatable psychological and mental health issues versus the number that actually receive appropriate care. Sadly, while the former is on … Continue reading

This Ain’t Your Parents’ Marijuana

March 14, 2019

The debate over the efficacy and safety of marijuana has raged for decades. On one side is the quintessential, lovable “pothead” that could never hurt a fly. He is totally chill and acts like a kid while eating strange snacks … Continue reading

Trauma Informed Care – What it Means and Why It Is Important

January 20, 2019

Trauma informed care or TIC is a critical part the substance abuse and mental health treatment process. While there’s no dedicated section of the Florida Certification Board curriculum for TIC, our understanding of trauma and how it relates to behavioral … Continue reading

What Does Recovery Mean to You?

September 22, 2016

September is National Recovery Month, a program sponsored and administered by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). As planning partners for Recovery Month, all of us here at The Academy for Addiction Professionals have an overarching goal of … Continue reading

Financial Stresses and Substance Abuse

September 17, 2015

Stress can cause a myriad of serious psychological and physical ailments. And one of the most prevalent sources of stress revolves around finances. After all, there is usually an escape from home life stress or the daily grind of work … Continue reading

Eminem – A Cautionary Tale of Addiction Replacement

August 12, 2015

Addiction affects the brain in profound ways – many of which we don’t fully understand. A mix of genetic and environmental influences create the perfect storm for the millions of Americans that succumb to addiction and relapse. It is no … Continue reading

Palcohol – A New Plague or More Of The Same?

June 22, 2015

A fresh round of outrage is being leveled at government regulators and alcohol manufacturers alike for a relatively new phenomenon known as Palcohol. Palcohol is the brand name of a powdered alcohol product that promises to give users the ability … Continue reading

The Scourge of Synthetic Marijuana

February 10, 2015

Of the 1.2 million Emergency Room visits related to illicit drugs in 2011, only 28,531 were related to synthetic marijuana or cannabinoids. It may not seem like a big number, but consider that in 2010 there were only 11,406. This … Continue reading

Families – And The Roles They Play

February 4, 2015

“The stones thrown from close-up hurt more than those thrown from afar” “You can choose your friends, but you sho’ can’t choose your family.” ~ Harper Lee There’s no shortage of quotes about families, their issues and dysfunction. And, in many … Continue reading

Technology Addiction: A Real or Virtual Problem?

January 25, 2015

Technology and Internet addiction is a highly debated topic. What is it? What constitutes a Technology/Internet addict? And ultimately, does and addiction to technology really exist? In today’s society, we have become dependent on the technology and the Internet for … Continue reading

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