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Depicting Alcohol Abuse

It’s a confusing world out there. On one hand, we’re learning and talking more and more about addiction and recovery. These topics are out in the open and we’re treating them with less stigma than we ever did. On the other hand, it seems like alcohol is everywhere....

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Prince and the Power of Fentanyl

We recently discovered that the singer and songwriter Prince died from an overdose of fentanyl. Apart from the many questions surrounding Prince’s death, many of us are asking other questions. Many of these questions surround the drug itself: What is fentanyl? Why is...

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Is Addiction a Disease?

There is an ongoing debate about how to classify addiction. Some people say that calling addiction a disease helps addicts acquire treatment. They also say that referring to addiction in medical terms lessens the stigma that society places on addicts. Neuroscientist...

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Weekends and Substance Abuse

“Working for the Weekend” was a popular song and music video for the band Loverboy back in the early 1980s. Yes, I’m old enough to remember both the song AND music videos. Yes, I’ve gone on rants where I complain that MTV was way better back in the days where they...

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Yes, Virginia, Crack Is Still a Problem

In the 1980s, it seems like you couldn’t turn on the television or read a newspaper or magazine without hearing or seeing some mention of crack cocaine. (For you younger readers, a newspaper is a collection of news items printed on paper and distributed on a set...

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The Mystery of Prince

Ah, Prince, we hardly knew ye. We recently discovered that the singer and songwriter Prince recently died from an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. For someone so guarded in his personal life, his death is strangely public. Prince wasn’t the...

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The Places You’ll Go

It’s graduation time again. Many people give the Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! as a gift to graduates of all ages. In this time of joy, celebration, and parties, it’s important to remember certain things that allow the graduates to actually go places and...

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More Than a Case of the Mondays

The Mamas and the Papas and the Boomtown Rats both recorded songs about it (“Monday, Monday” and “I Don’t Like Mondays,” respectively). So did the Bangles, in a song written by Prince, no less (“Manic Monday”). Cool songs aside, sometimes it’s hard to get excited...

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