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Miriam’s House: Giving the Gift of Recovery

By Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S It is lunchtime at Miriam’s House. Denise sits with her twin 6-year-old boys, Dante and Darrell, encouraging them to eat not only the grilled cheese sandwiches on their plates, but the green beans. Stymied in her efforts, she uses the age-old mom trick of saying they won’t get dessert if …

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Heroin Labeled Obamacare Seized

Massachusetts police have seized 1,250 bags of heroin that were curiously labeled “Obamacare” and “Kurt Cobain,” the latter making only a bit more sense because the late rocker was found to be on large quantities of the drug when he killed himself.

‘Affluenza’ Drunk-Driving Teen Ethan Couch May Still Face Jail

Drunk-driving teen Ethan Couch plowed into a group of good Samaritans, killed four people, paralyzed a friend and injured at least 11 others, yet got no jail time. The judge who heard testimony that the 16-year-old suffers from an affluent-kid condition dubbed “affluenza” sentenced him to a decade of probation under court monitoring, and a …

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Not One of the Guys: A Woman’s Take on Sex Addiction

You might be surprised to know that the greatest amount of healing I’ve done in my battle with sex addiction happened not through painstaking efforts to avoid sexy behaviors that might have gotten me into trouble in the past, but even more painful efforts at opening my heart, honestly and fully, in relationships of all …

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Can Marijuana Send Brain Cancer Into Remission?

Research published in the journal Child’s Nervous System suggest that the combination of chemicals found in marijuana—the mixture of various cannabinoids—exerts an anti-tumor effect If the result is confirmed in further research, it may be that the combination of chemicals found in marijuana exerts an anti-tumor effect. Surprisingly, this has already been suggested by research …

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How to Help Someone With Mental Illness

With the holidays upon us, families dealing with mental illness or addiction face special challenges. Often, as friends and loved ones, we want to help, but we don’t know how. Mental illness isn’t like cancer or surgery. Do you bring over a casserole or a pan of brownies because your neighbor’s husband is an alcoholic? …

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Kids Turn on Parents Over Video Games

The image of the drug addict violently attacking anyone who tries to pry his chosen substances away from him has been given a 21st century makeover. As technology becomes increasingly dominant in our society, addiction is no longer just about extracted substances and synthetic chemicals. A whole new wave of addictions is sweeping across society, …

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