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…

Teen Alcohol Use Causes Permanent Neurological Changes

When it comes to substances like alcohol and tobacco, there are important reasons why individuals are required to be of a certain age. Alcohol consumption is dangerous for youths who experience its effects at a much greater magnitude. There are inevitable health risks associated with the consumption of controlled substances too. In some cases, the…

All About Anxiety

There’s nothing to be anxious about when it comes to learning about anxiety disorders. They are simply a group of mental illnesses that cause people to suffer from excessive worry and abnormal feelings of nervousness without particular causes, and which cannot be alleviated through normal actions. Anxiety disorders are the most common of all emotional…

The Facts About Mental Health Disorders

There is a lot of confusion around mental health issues and mental disorders, caused in part by the stigma that often goes along with a mental disorder diagnosis. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and other groups work hard at demystifying mental health issues, and that begins by sharing information. During any one-year period, up to…