Just One Alcoholic Drink a Day Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Published 05-25-2017

Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, finds a major new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The report also revealed, for the first time, that vigorous exercise such as running or fast bicycling decreases the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal breast cancers. Strong evidence confirmed an earlier finding that moderate exercise decreases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer. “It can be confusing with single studies when the findings get swept back and forth,” said...

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Untreated Early-Life Trauma – Missed Opportunities, Lost Lives

Published 04-27-2017

Several years ago, a colleague asked me what I thought about his “four months and done” buprenorphine treatment program. He believed that virtually all people with opioid use disorders could “learn” how to stay drug-free in that time. All his patients were titrated to an effective dose in the first weeks, maintained for the first two months, and tapered off over the next two months. He offered anecdotal evidence of the success of his approach, but it became clear that most of those he tapered simply disappeared. He had no meaningful data, even in the short term. I asked him whether...

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SPOTLIGHT: Behavioral Health Services, Gardena, CA Affiliate’s “Beach Cities Prevention Community C…

Published 04-30-2017

The Beach Cities Prevention Community Council (PCC) is a community coalition formed in response to the high drinking rates of underage youth, particularly of youth ages 12-17, in the Los Angeles County beach cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach. Environmental factors including social norms, affluence, stress, a dense concentration of alcohol-licensed retailers, and local law enforcement policies contribute to the significantly higher youth drinking rates in the beach cities as compared with state averages. Behavioral Health Services, Inc., an Affiliate of NCADD (BHS/NCADD) responded by organizing the PCC as a viable intervention approach to mobilize the beach cities communities...

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Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Social Model Recovery Systems - Affiliate of the…

Mission: We are dedicated to offering hope, help, and guidance by providing information, education, prevention, and treatment to those suffering from substance use, mental health challenges, and co-occurring disorders. Vision: Social Model Recovery Systems envisions a world where communities can pursue social, economic, educational, and spiritual wellness free from alcohol, other drug and mental help problems. Beliefs: At Social Model Recovery Systems, we believe that hope endures and everyone’s life experience is valued. Since 1986, our Agency has offered treatment, education, and prevention opportunities that greatly differ from an institutional approach. At each of our locations, the community, comprised of staff and participants, plays a...

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