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  • Alcohol’s Free Pass: The Hidden Cancer Risk

    October 10, 2017

    As the opioid crisis continues to make national headlines, Rushford Medical Director Dr. J. Craig Allen cautions us not to overlook the dangers of alcohol. “Excessive alcohol use leads to nearly 90,000 deaths a year in the United States,” Allen says. Allen says people should be cognizant, not only of…

  • What Your Children Need After Learning About Las Vegas Massacre

    October 03, 2017

    How can anyone feel safe when the person who carried out the worst mass shooting in American history Sunday during a country music festival in Las Vegas is an 64-year-old millionaire resident of a retirement community with no criminal record? “It’s becoming more predominant and that’s scary for all of…

  • How Recovery Coaches Can Reshape The ER

    September 22, 2017

    By Pat Rehmer President, Behavioral Health Network With crowded waiting rooms and busy clinicians, mental health and substance abuse patients don’t always receive the most optimal care in healthcare settings.  And for good reason – emergency room  staff are generally focused on serious physical problems, rapid assessments and “in the…

  • ‘You’ll Never Work Again’: How Karen Kangas Became A Voice For Recovery

    September 22, 2017

    For Karen Kangas, the Behavioral Health Network’s new Director of Recovery and Family Affairs, hope is the best tool you can give a person battling addiction and mental illness. She speaks from experience. Kangas is in recovery herself and has spent the past 25 years advocating for people with mental…

  • Preventing Teen Suicide

    September 07, 2017

    It’s a serious subject that some people avoid talking about – but it needs to be spoken of regularly for the purpose of saving lives! That topic is suicide. It is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. Dr. Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz is the psychiatrist-in-chief at…

  • Post-Charlottesville: Addressing Racism With Your Kids

    August 17, 2017

    It was difficult to watch, even for adults, the violence that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Now imagine the questions your kids have about it. “The chance and likelihood that (your children) will see it is high, given…

  • ‘They Just Think I Should Stop Stealing. It’s Not That Easy.’

    August 14, 2017

    April Devaux’s criminal record reads more like a shopping list. She’s been arrested for stealing a candy bar, one green pepper, a package of chicken, a set of pot holders. She didn’t want the stuff. She didn’t even need it. The day she lifted the chicken she had just stocked…

  • K2 vs. Marijuana: Why The Synthetic Is So Much More Dangerous

    July 28, 2017

    Do not confuse marijuana with a synthetic version marketed as K2 or Spice. Marijuana, now legal for medical purposes in 29 states (in Connecticut, a 2.5-ounce limit per month) and the District of Columbia, has earned a reputation as a drug known for a laid-back high and its increasing medicinal…

  • Alcohol Addiction: Out From The Shadows Of Opioid Abuse

    July 12, 2017

    While opioid abuse is getting the headlines, the recent death of actor Nelsan Ellis confirms that alcohol addiction remains a major problem in society. “Alcohol use is often overshadowed by the opioid epidemic, but each year, approximately 88,000 die from alcohol-related causes, as compared to around 40,000 deaths from opioid…

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