Wahler’s Wellness Continued

From International Overdose Day to Recovery Month

Posted September 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I want to talk about two very important, and exciting, events coming up- International Overdose Awareness Day and Recovery Month. International Overdose Awareness Day is commemorated on August 31st each year. It is an iniative of The Penington Institute of Australia whose mission is to advance, “health and community safety by connecting substance use research… [Read More...]

How Significant Was the Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Prior to His Death?

Posted August 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

It was determined that Michael Brown, the African-American teenager shot dead by a Caucasian police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, had marijuana in his system at the time of his death back on August 9th. His death has sparked outrage amongst citizens all over the country and especially in Ferguson – so much so that riots… [Read More...]

Serena Williams Speaks After Startling Showing

Posted August 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

The world was shocked as they watched acclaimed and highly respected tennis player Serena Williams fumble all over the court during the doubles round at Wimbledon earlier this summer. Her hand-eye coordination was all out of sorts while bouncing the ball. She was unable to serve the ball over the net numerous times in a… [Read More...]

Questions and Answers

Posted August 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm

“Jason, what was the most profound piece of advice you received from Dr. Drew during Celebrity Rehab?” “I’d have to say, the most profound piece of advice Dr. Drew gave me was to surrender to the disease, drop the ego and be willing to take guidance.” To me, this was where it all started when… [Read More...]

Mental Illness in Children Increasing – Will Drug Abuse Increase, Too?

Posted August 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

According to a recent study published in the online issue of Pediatrics, the rates of childhood mental health disabilities have dramatically increased over the past 10 years. Between 2001 and 2011, researchers asked parents to complete surveys that specified if their child had a mental health issue or a physical disability. The results of the… [Read More...]

Who is Really Being Impacted by the Prescription Drug Epidemic?

Posted August 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

We know that people of all ages are being affected by the prescription drug epidemic – from children to seniors. However, this evasive public health crisis is impacting some groups of people very significantly, and those groups might just surprise you. For starters, you might not think that Grandma and Grandpa are struggling with a… [Read More...]

Ryan Malone – Back on the Ice?

Posted August 22, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Ryan Malone might be stepping back on the ice very soon – and right in time for hockey season to start. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s left wing was arrested back in April and was charged with both driving under the influence and possession of cocaine. The news immediately made headlines, and he has since been… [Read More...]

A Powerful Partnership

Posted August 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Just recently, a student from UCLA came down to Northbound because he wanted to learn more about our program. He had bumped into one of our alumni members who had just gone through the program and was curious to see what we were all about. He ended up loving the dynamic that we offer here,… [Read More...]

From Guest to Committee Member

Posted August 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Back in April, I was invited to the PRISM Awards as a guest and was so incredibly humbled and honored to be able to attend. The PRISM Awards focus on showing recognition for people in the entertainment industry that are working to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction, recovery and treatment, as well as those who… [Read More...]

A Tragic End for a Comedic Legend

Posted August 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm

On Monday, the world received startling news – famous comedic actor Robin Williams has died. When the news first broke, it was hard for many to comprehend what possibly could’ve happened. A heart attack? An overdose? However, it was neither of these. The comedic legend who had brought so much laughter into the lives of… [Read More...]

Dangers of Depression

Posted August 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

In light of the untimely and unfortunate passing of Robin Williams, many people have been reading up on depression – and the many causes, symptoms, and dangers behind it. For starters, it is important to know that there are many different types of depression. The most common types include: Chronic Depression Atypical Depression Bipolar (Manic)… [Read More...]

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Posted August 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm

The passing of Robin Williams has opened up the floor for discussions about all kinds of issues, ranging from addiction to depression. One area that is rarely covered in the media is the topic of co-occurring disorders. While Williams’ toxicology reports are still in the works, many have speculated that in conjunction with his depression,… [Read More...]

Teen Mom 2 Star Facing a Prescription Drug Battle?

Posted August 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Most people who tune into MTV’s hit TV-show Teen Mom 2 do so to watch the drama unfold for young mothers, their significant others and their children. However, on one of the most recent episodes, mother-of-three Leah Calvert had a visible on-screen breakdown where she admitted that a prescription drug she had taken was making… [Read More...]

Former X-Factor Star Admits Overdose Attempt

Posted August 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Unfortunately, we often hear of many celebrities – big and small – who attempt suicide via drugs and/or alcohol. In the case of famous individuals like Whitney Houston and Heath Ledger, however, its not always the star themselves that can live through the attempt to talk about it. This is not the case with former… [Read More...]

Addiction in Families – Tatum O’Neal’s Son Arrested for Possession of Cocaine

Posted August 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

In mid-July, Tatum O’Neal and John McEnroe’s son, Kevin McEnroe, was arrested for possession of cocaine – and other substances. The arrest was made just after 11 p.m. on July 15th, and police found not only six bags of cocaine on McEnroe’s person, but also a muscle relaxer, 20 oxycodone pills and 10 unidentified pills…. [Read More...]

HBO Focusing on Gaming Addiction in New Documentary

Posted August 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm

On July 28th, HBO aired a documentary produced and directed by Valerie Veatch that was focused solely on the impacts of gaming addiction – and a family that it destroyed. Back in 2010, a South Korean couple neglected their daughter, Sarang, to the point where she starved to death. The most ironic aspect of this… [Read More...]

An Amendment to the Controlled Substances Act?

Posted August 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

First passed in 1970 by President Nixon, the Controlled Substances Act changed the way the country handled drugs. From that moment on, the federal government took control of manufacturing, importing, possession and distribution of widely abused substances like cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs – and you guessed it – marijuana. A substance that was once glorified… [Read More...]

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