Protecting While Helping

By Carly Benson Substance abuse is a rapidly growing epidemic, and it impacts relationships between friends and family. It can be particularly disheartening when your spouse or partner develops a chemical dependency. Realizing that your partner is struggling with an addiction of any kind can be very confusing and painful. It’s important in these situations…

Smartphones and Anxious Kids: Mental Health Issues and the iGeneration

By Melissa Riddle Chalos Anyone who lives or interacts with pre-teens or teenagers on a daily basis knows that, as sure as there are hands at the ends of their arms, there are often smartphones in their hands. These kids have never known a world without the internet. A 2015 report from the Pew Research…

The Caterpillar Does All the Work, and the Butterfly Gets All the Applause

A lot of us were raised to believe the old dictum, “The squeaky wheel get’s the grease.” But as with any truth, there is a downside as well as an upside. The truth is the truth and doesn’t need to shout to be heard. And if you doubt this for a moment, remember a time…

The Benefits of Equine Therapy

When it comes to your recovery, you have a voice. You can participate in a variety of fun, interesting and, most importantly, effective therapy options. By combining traditional therapy with new, proven practices like equine therapy, recovery can be active and interactive. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as, “a primary, chronic…

Nashville Mayor Urges Honest Conversations About Addiction

By Melissa Riddle Chalos Addiction impacts everyone. Young and old people of every race, socio-economic strata and political persuasion. City dwellers, suburbanites and country folks. Your neighbors, loved ones and your kids. Recently, the opioid epidemic waved its deadly hand over Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s family. Her only son, Max, 22, died of a drug…

Opioids in the Workplace: What Role Do Businesses Play?

If last year’s number of opioid-related overdoses in the United States wasn’t staggering enough — as many as 50,000 were estimated — what’s equally unnerving is how widespread and decidedly mainstream prescription drug addiction has become. Overdoses — not cancer, not heart disease, not even car accidents—are now the leading cause of death for Americans…

For First Responders, the Danger Doesn’t Stop When the Job Is Finished

It’s no secret that first responders like firefighters, EMTs and police officers have dangerous jobs. Anyone in these positions understands the obvious risks involved in entering the line of duty. From fires and 911 calls to emergency and disaster response, first responders regularly place their lives on the line. There is a silent threat on…

Memphis: A Model for Helping Those With Mental Illness

For as long as anyone can remember, the relationship between police and mentally ill people and their advocates has been strained. But due to tragedy, healing and unprecedented collaboration between healthcare, the justice system and law enforcement, all that began to change about 30 years ago. The changes occurred right there in Memphis — and…

Tennesseans Fight Back Against the Opioid Epidemic

The United States has seen a staggering increase in rates of opioid addiction in the last 15 years,1 and the results have been tragic. When it comes to the battle against the country’s opioid addiction epidemic, Tennessee is on the front lines. Mapping the Epidemic During that 15-year period, the number of deaths from overdosing…

Cope Without Dope: How to Handle Stress in Recovery

The experience of stress is something to which we all relate, but we don’t often think about its effects. When a person experiences stress, his or her instinct is to find a way to alleviate it. But when someone doesn’t know how to respond to stress in healthy ways, the only option is to resort…