December 11, 2011 |
They can be the life of the party or the black hole at the Thanksgiving table, often both. Love 'em and hate 'em, the addicts among us are a fact of life, and a perennial subject for filmmakers. As habits go, it's one that makes sense. With their raw need, masterful manipulation skills and inevitable unraveling, dipsomaniacs and junkies are riveting movie characters. Even when the film's psychology is pat, as in this year's "Shame," the roles themselves give actors something to sink their teeth into.
December 9, 2011 |
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who won the 1989 Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence and won more than 4,000 races in 33 years, announced his retirement Friday. His agent, Tom Knust, said Valenzuela, who recently had his gall bladder removed, was concerned about health and weight issues. "He thought now was a good time to retire," Knust said. Valenzuela, 49, won 4,333 races and 15 riding titles in a career that began in 1978. He rode seven winners in the Breeders' Cup. He also has endured substance-abuse problems that caused the California Horse Racing Board to suspend his license several times.
November 7, 2011 |
The first-ever survey of adolescent alcohol and drug abuse to recognize youths of mixed race or ethnicity has found that such kids hover closest to white adolescents in the rate at which they suffer substance abuse disorders. That is not reassuring, because white adolescents are among the most likely ethnic and racial groups to have substance-use disorders. Of all ethnic groups, Native Americans were found to suffer the highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence -- about 15% in a given year.
October 31, 2011 |
Substance-abuse education and screening should be a part of almost every visit between a doctor and an adolescent, the nation's leading pediatricians said Monday. In a statement published in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics , members of the American Academy of Pediatrics said doctors can use a variety of screening tools to inquire into a teen's use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The statement argues that no level of experimentation with drugs is safe.
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September 16, 2011 |
New to the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration hospital in 1962, Dr. Ilse Lowenstam realized that many patients were checking out of the residence-care program she oversaw — and in to nearby bars. "We didn't have a real program for alcoholics," Lowenstam later said. "They often had to be excluded from treatment because one of the rules was that they had to be sober to be admitted to the hospital. " Then 50, Lowenstam was a refugee from Nazi Germany who had barely escaped with her medical degree.
August 2, 2011 |
Adolescents who were prescribed medications and acknowledged having fooled around with them were more likely to abuse other drugs and to have sold, traded or given away their meds to friends, says a new study . A survey of 2,744 Detroit-area high school students found that, among those who had been prescribed a sleeping, pain, anti-anxiety or stimulant medication in the past year, 22% acknowledged having deliberately taken more of that medicine...
July 21, 2011 |
As 17-year-old Baby Hernandez walked through the corridors of Hope Street Family Center in downtown Los Angeles, she felt tingles of nostalgia. "I remember a lot of things here," Baby said, sharing a knowing smile with her mother, Elvia Gonzalez. Baby and her 15-year-old brother, Angel, grew up crawling and running along these brightly lighted hallways decorated with colorful artworks by kids. "I still remember when Elvia first came to us as a teenager," said Sherrie Segovia, mental health coordinator of Hope Street Family Center, a community outreach benefit program of California Hospital Medical Center that provides services such as child care, literacy programs and family support for working families downtown.
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July 10, 2011 |
In 2005, Deborah Kincaid called her estranged husband for an uncomfortable conversation. With the police listening in, she accused Jeffrey Kincaid of sexually abusing her daughter, Shannon, who was 11 when the couple married. When she asked why he had abused the girl, he said he didn't remember the abuse but continued on an enigmatic aside. "I don't know. I don't remember," he said. "You may be right. I'm beginning to believe that you're right. I — I can't make sense of it. " This week, an appellate court ruled that Kincaid could sue her ex-husband in civil court for allegedly causing her daughter's eventual death by suicide, based on recorded conversations between the couple and between Jeffrey Kincaid and his stepdaughter.
June 29, 2011 |
Addictions are largely problems of people who begin smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 21, according to a report published Wednesday by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The report calls adolescent substance use American's leading public health problem and points to statistics that show an "epidemic" of use among minors. For example, 75% of all high school students have used addictive substances. One in five meets the medical criteria for addiction.
June 20, 2011 |
College students who are lucky enough to realize they need treatment for substance-use disorders are faced not only with the daunting task of recovery but also with reintegration into college life -- otherwise known as the land of pills and booze. A new program, however, may begin cropping up on U.S. campuses to assist young people who are trying to recover and aid those who wish to achieve sobriety. The Collegiate Recovery Communities emerged from a program at Texas Tech University and now has spin-offs at several U.S. universities.