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Stigma-Free Workplaces: Are We Doing Enough to Support the Right to Work?

It is said that you can pass all of the laws in the world to correct societal wrongs, but if no one uses or actively enforces them, nothing will change. Knowing what we know about the impact of stigma on the lives of people in recovery, I have to wonder, why are we not more [...]

To Be Ethical or Not To Be Ethical?

That is the question. Although that may be a revised quote taken from a Shakespearean play, it also seems apropos for today’s society. In the world we live in, there is so much division that has been causing a leak of unethical behavior into our daily lives. This leak is and has been corroding our [...]

Personal Recovery Capital

The concept of capital is at the heart of the transition from a deficits-based to a strengths-based approach, and from a model based on what goes inside people to one much more strongly influenced by what happens between people and what happens in the contexts, processes, and structures of people’s lives. That is why Alexandre [...]

Breaking from the Pack: Succeeding in Competitive Markets

“Build it and they will come.” This familiar mantra from the movie Field of Dreams (Robinson, 1989), has been the long-term modus operandi for behavioral health providers, whether an addiction treatment, acute psychiatric, outpatient, or medication-assisted treatment (MAT) facility. Universal Health Services (UHS) and Acadia became two of the largest behavioral health providers in the [...]

What We Can Learn From Radical LGBTQ+ Advocacy

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, an officer from the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in the city’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. The events that occurred immediately after and continued on for five more days became a turning point in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights (Pruitt, 2022). [...]

Pride 2022: Progress and Provocations

When you hear about Pride Month, what does your mind conjure up? Is it parades, parties, rainbow flags, and endless queer gatherings? Or is it contempt for our flagrant defiance of straight culture? The latter is part of why Pride Month exists: to state that we do exist and are integral to the diverse fabric [...]

Living with Lovingkindness in the Era of COVID-19

During the historic pandemic of COVID-19, the world can surely look like a sinister place. This pandemic has contributed to an increase in death rates, mental health and substance use problems, domestic violence, financial stress, and housing instability (SAMHSA, 2020). The news cycle offers a constant barrage of stories of heartache, suffering, and death, and [...]

Maintaining Serenity during Constant Crisis

The title of this column exemplifies what we have all been experiencing over the past couple years. We have all been subjected to a pervasive COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed over 960,000 American lives (Ritchie et al., 2022), together with extreme political turmoil during the previous administration that has raised an unprecedented level of distrust [...]

Understanding and Honoring LGBTQIA+ Heritage to Boost Resiliency

Resiliency, organization, and activism have a longstanding history in the LGBTQIA+ community. While people who identify as sexual or gender minorities have often faced social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges, the call to action has always resounded. As with other minority groups, the LGBTQIA+ community has always found a voice from which to speak that [...]

The Future is Bright: Help and Prevention for Queer University Students

In celebrating LGBTQIA+ Pride Month every June, we honor the endeavors of many who came before us. It has become a time of much-needed celebration, perhaps now more than ever, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also experiencing a pushback in some states for rights and freedoms previously won, which once again [...]

A Call for More Implicit Bias Awareness in Addiction Treatment for LGBTQIA+ Individuals

Recently, the news continues to report about so-called “religious exemptions” providing services to LGBTQIA+ individuals. Back in 2018 there was a Supreme Court case regarding a bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a same-gender couple (Gupta, 2018). But now these exemptions are becoming more insidious in nature. For example, a small group [...]

Booster Phone Calls Following an SBIRT Intervention in the Emergency Department: Do More Calls Mean Less Substance Use?

Brief interventions (BIs) for alcohol or drug use delivered in emergency department (ED) or primary care settings to people not actively seeking help for drinking or drug use have been well-studied, but have shown mixed results. A review of thirty-four ED-setting trials of BIs versus a control condition for alcohol misuse found decreases in alcohol [...]

Helping Families to Support Their LGBTQIA2S Children & Young Adults

Many families throughout the USA have been affected by Anti-LGBTQIA2+ bills. In this short article, you will get familiar with legislation that is being signed by the Governor of California, but not nationwide. We must protect our LGBTQIA2+ youth through education, prevention, and providing safe places for them where they can open up and talk [...]

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