Wahler’s Wellness Continued

Staying Sober During Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Every year, families throughout The United States gather together for one meal – but its not just any meal, it’s Thanksgiving Dinner! Whether your aunt and uncle drove in for just a few hours, or you are traveling up to your parents house for the entire week, people from all over make the effort to… [Read More…]

Johnny Depp’s Questionable Behavior Raises Eyebrows

Posted November 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

For over three decades, Johnny Depp has transcended the silver screen and reached the hearts of millions of people throughout the world. He is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved actors to ever grace Hollywood – and his repertoire of films continue to draw in new fans on a regular basis. As much… [Read More…]

What’s Really Causing Teens to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

Posted November 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

It doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that teenagers, despite the education that has been put forward through the media and in schools, are still experimenting with both drugs and alcohol. This experimentation is often chalked up to be because of peer pressure or problems at school and/or at home. However, a new study… [Read More…]

How Hip-Hop is Influencing Mental Illness

Posted November 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

The genre of hip-hop, including everything from beats and lyrics to fashion and language, has undoubtedly aroused controversy since its birth over 40 years ago. Many times, hip-hop is entangled in public scorn and negative stigma, however mental health professionals out of Cambridge University are rapping to a different beat. In an article published in… [Read More…]

An All-Too-Common Path for Today’s Veterans

Posted November 14, 2014 at 6:28 pm

With Veterans Day occurring earlier in the week, people from all over the country were encouraged to remember the brave men and women of The United States of America and honor them for their service. This holiday often holds a special place in the hearts of many – especially those who have seen loved ones… [Read More…]

Hockey Player Struck with 20 Game Suspension – Too Harsh, or Not Harsh Enough?

Posted November 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Carter Ashton, forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was suspended for 20 games for using a substance that is prohibited by the NHL. What we as the public expect to hear is that Ashton was taking some form of performance enhancing drug, or even an illicit street drug like cocaine or heroin. However, he tested… [Read More…]

Genetic Ties Between ADHD and Substance Abuse

Posted November 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm

For many years, professionals in the fields of mental healthcare and addiction treatment have seen the connection between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and substance abuse. They have treated individuals who are attempting to deal with this co-occurring disorder, and have been successful in many cases. However, there have really only been theories as to… [Read More…]

WHO Backs Naloxone to Save 20,000 Lives

Posted November 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Those who are following the growing prescription drug and heroin epidemics are familiar with the life-saving injectable drug known as naloxone. For a few years now (specifically more recently), first responders such as firefighters, paramedics and police officers have been equipped with injectable naloxone to utilize in the field. Naloxone works by reversing the effects… [Read More…]

Amanda Bynes: Bipolar or Not?

Posted November 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Without a doubt, Amanda Bynes has easily kept her name in the headlines, but some would say for all the wrong reasons. Starting back in October when she received her second DUI, Bynes has continued to attract attention, as she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold and her parents were granted financial conservatorship of… [Read More…]

Heroin Epidemic Dramatically Impacting Myanmar

Posted October 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Heroin is an active killer in many nations throughout the world, but we often focus on how it’s impacting Americans within the borders of our 50 states. However, this deadly, opium-based drug is taking over the lives of people from all different cultures – and destroying their countries as well. For those living in Myanmar,… [Read More…]

William O’Brien, Drug Treatment Advocate and Entrepreneur, Dies at 90

Posted October 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

In a field where death is both frequent and tragic, we now mourn the loss of Monsignor William O’Brien, a leader in drug treatment and advocacy. Having lived a fulfilled 90 years here on earth, Msgr. O’Brien built his legacy through helping others overcome the fierce and deadly challenges of substance abuse. He was inspired… [Read More…]

Heroin Overdose Victim Left for Dead

Posted October 31, 2014 at 4:03 pm

The heroin epidemic is not just getting bigger, but it is also getting uglier than ever before. This week, in small town Pennsylvania, two young adults were charged with recklessly endangering another person when they left a heroin overdose victim on the side of the road in Manheim Township, PA. Julia Slaymaker, 19, and Nathan… [Read More…]

Death by Opiates: Dr. Mandy Neeble

Posted October 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm

When I saw the front page of the LA times yesterday, I was disappointed. Death by overdose due to opiates is, as the article stated, just “the tip of the iceberg”. Individuals in the United States overdose on opiates at staggering rates and survive. The article seems to think this is new information but those… [Read More…]

Opiate Deaths

Posted October 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Yesterday, the leading story for the LA Times was about the influx of prescription drug related overdoses being treated in emergency rooms. It focused on the cost to the medical system as well as the increased accessibility to pain medications. The article called on the medical community to be more stringent in its prescribing and… [Read More…]

The Key to a Drug-Free Halloween

Posted October 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Halloween is a time for everyone to get in the spirit of being spooky – from dressing up in creepy costumes to taking in frightening flicks. For most people, participating in all Halloween-related activities is just a typical part of the Fall season. While Halloween is supposed to be fun and exciting, it can also… [Read More…]

Afghanistan and The Drug War

Posted October 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Within the past decade, The United States has invested $10 billion in Afghanistan – but for something other than what you might be thinking. The $10 billion has gone towards putting an end to the growing opium problem throughout the war-torn, Al-Qaeda infested country. In 2013, nearly 520 acres of land in Afghanistan were specifically… [Read More…]

Outrage Over ‘Breaking Bad’ Kids Toys

Posted October 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

  The AMC mega-hit ‘Breaking Bad’ took to televisions across the world in 2008 and obtained a strong following almost immediately. Since the end of the series in September of 2013, the popular show has now moved to Netflix, where people who were not watching during the height of the show can now catch up… [Read More…]

Google Glass Addict Receives Treatment

Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Even though the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual did not include internet addiction in its pages, that does not mean that this type of disorder does not exist. For the first time ever, a 31-year-old Navy serviceman was treated for internet addiction that was provoked by his use of Google Glass…. [Read More…]

Exactly How is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Being Used?

Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) first came to existence in 2011, and since then, over 37 states have enacted the use of this program as a means of controlling prescription drug abuse. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), PDMP’s have many benefits, including the following: Supporting access to legitimate medical use of controlled… [Read More…]

Marijuana Controversy Among Governor Kitzhaber’s Camp

Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

As of late, when we hear about marijuana in either Washington State or Oregon, we are expecting to hear stories in regards to legalized marijuana, sales, taxes, etc. What we are not expecting to hear is controversy surrounding marijuana, however that is the case when it comes to Governor Kitzhaber’s fiancée. The Governor’s fiancée, Cylvia… [Read More…]

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