The Impact of Addiction on Families

By Michelle Hook, RN, MSN, Enterhealth Ranch Executive Director Addiction is a complex and progressive brain disease that slowly strips people of their physical, emotional and psychological well-being, and while the negative effects of substance abuse on users are fairly easy to understand, this understanding only highlights half the problem. We also need to recognize that the …

Amid Prescription Drug Crisis, Alcohol Remains Number One Offender

by Joshua M. Masino, PsyD, Director of Neuropsychological Services A Well-Publicized Epidemic September is Recovery Month, a time to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. You’ve most likely heard about the opioid epidemic in the United States, with overdoses reaching unprecedented levels, people turning to …

How to Talk to Your High School and College Aged Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

By Elizabeth Weidmer-Mikhail, MD High school and college years are full of transformational experiences, and they are often accompanied by a number of physical, mental and emotional changes. These years are also a time of experimentation, self-discovery and for many, it is when they begin to try things such as drugs and alcohol, and the …