Category - Addiction

Mental Health Matters

Kathy Rohr, Coordinator of Community Support Programs, Family & Children’s Center In 1990, the United States Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the need to raise awareness about this topic. It has been celebrated every year since, with activities large and small and involvement by […]

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Teen Substance Use

Phillip Huerta, Chemical Dependency Counselor for Youth ACT in Winona What comes to mind when you read the words “teens” and “drugs”?  What are they doing? What are they using? This is not a new concern, but an increasing one. Teen’s environment and attitudes play a role in their substance abuse along with the current […]

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Mental Health First Aid

Craig Putz, MHFA Instructor Over the past several months, mental illness has come into the spotlight more and more as we hear countless stories in the media about people who have attempted or completed suicide. The story that seemed to have brought it first to light was the passing of Robin Williams, a long time […]

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Substance Use Disorders: A Complex Brain Disease

Melony Hansen, MA, CSW, CSAC, IDP-IT, Substance Abuse Counselor at Family & Children’s Center According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual […]

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Alcoholism

In a state known for making great beer and hosting some of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the country, some people have a hard time understanding what constitutes alcoholism, especially when they’re trying to discern it in someone they love. Many are surprised to learn that alcoholism is less about how much a person drinks […]

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Teen Alcohol Risks Linked to Parents’ Use

A study recently verified what many already suspected: Parental drinking boosts teen alcohol risks. But it also showed that it’s not all about the example. Published last month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the study analyzed teen alcohol use and intoxication relative to parents and found that as parents drink more, their […]

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Tackling Teen Substance Abuse

Adolescents are not exactly known for their emotional stability. Hormones, an increasing desire for independence and social turbulence converge during ‘tween and teen years, leaving parents guessing what behaviors are normal and which may indicate deeper problems. That’s a big reason parents may have a difficult time detecting whether their kids have substance abuse issues. […]

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