In: Substances

12 Steps
May 21, 2017

There are a few people in my experience who are as impressive in maturity and integrity as those people we have worked…

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Harm Reduction
February 2, 2017

Reducing the Harm of Substances in Your Life: A Harm Reduction Approach Have you noticed that your substance use is impacting…

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4 Ways You Can Help a Loved One Cope with Addiction and Mental Illness
October 31, 2016

Mental illness and addiction co-occur more than some people may think. People with a mental illness are more likely to abuse…

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Cannabis and Bipolar
September 29, 2015

More than half of people with bipolar will qualify for a substance use disorder diagnosis at some point. In many places, the most popular…

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Self Injury is the 8th Leading Cause of Death
September 20, 2015

An article just published online in the prestigious journal JAMA Psychiatry makes us drawn case that our fascination with trying to…

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Medical Marijuana
June 30, 2015

20 states have laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana, but what is the evidence for the medical effectiveness of marijuana?…

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Alcoholics Anonymous
August 31, 2014

Alcoholics Anonymous is many things, and its role changes over time for those who remain involved in it long term. Most…

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The Problem of Denial: How to Help Loved Ones with Substance Use and Other Destructive Habits
July 18, 2014

“What can we do to help our daughter, who is a young adult, living at home, and who is not compliant…

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Mindfulness Based Substance Abuse Treatment Works
April 4, 2014

Relapse is common after substance abuse treatment, indicating that there is a clear need for effective followup options. A new study…

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“Hitting Bottom” and Substance Abuse Recovery
April 2, 2014

I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about the idea that sometimes, an alcohol or substance abuser needs to “hit bottom” before…

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Quitting Smoking Improves Mood
April 2, 2014

A study published in the British Medical Journal reports that quitting smoking had a simillar positive effect on mood as an…

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What about Marijuana for Depression or Bipolar Moods?
January 28, 2014

Since we practice in San Francisco, which was at the forefront of the move to decriminalize marijuana, we find that many…

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Was James Bond a Lush?
December 20, 2013

Always in search of the latest cutting edge medical knowledge, we happened across a fascinating research article in the December 2013…

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Herbal Supplements Often Not What They Claim
November 19, 2013

A recent study concluded that herbal supplements are often not what they claim to be. The study was published in the…

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Coffee for Depression?
September 14, 2013

Feeling down? An article in Psychiatric Times suggests that drinking a couple of cups of coffee in the morning might help…

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Anxiety and Substance Abuse
July 26, 2013

Matt Kushner, PhD discusses the issue of substance abuse in individuals with anxiety disorders. Because substance abuse is more common in…

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Drunkorexia
July 18, 2013

There is a new kind of eating disorder that has been recently plaguing many college students. This disorder is referred to…

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An Interview You Don’t Want to Miss!
June 26, 2013

Dr. Forster recently interviewed with Matt Tierney, a Nurse Practitioner who holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from UCSF….

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Abused and Misused: Opiods
May 30, 2013

The most overprescribed drugs that have have captured public interest are opioids. What a lot of people don’t know is that…

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Effects of Vitamin D on Mental Illness
May 24, 2013

Current Psychiatry posted an article suggesting that vitamin D levels are related to different mental illnesses. Although more than 50% of…

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