The Scary, Mostly Hidden Truth About Cannabis and Mental Illness

Over the last approximately 25 years, the medicalization and legalization of marijuana throughout much of the United States have promoted the myth that marijuana is not a dangerous drug. An accumulating body of research, including a recent analysis of fifty years of population data from Denmark, suggests that contrary to the myth, cannabis use disorder […]

My Favorite Parenting Advice: “Say ‘No’ Early and Often”

Dr. Collins, the Medical Director at the New York Center for Living, has practiced addiction psychiatry for nearly 30 years. My favorite piece of parenting advice, “Say ‘No’ early and often,” might sound unkind, even harsh, but it is neither. Saying “No” to your children, ideally with kindness, is one of the most important steps […]

College Recovery Program for Young Adults in the Age of COVID

Participation in NYCFL’s College Recovery Program can be a life saver By Audrey Freshman, PHD, LCSW and John McAteer, LCSW New York Center for Living is a nonprofit treatment program licensed by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. It is designed to offer mental health and substance use services to adolescents, […]

2019 Eating Disorder Awareness & Screening Week Feb. 25 – March 3

Let’s get real – eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. This National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness), Center for Living is helping change the conversation around food, body image, and eating disorders! But because of stigma and old stereotypes, many people don’t get the support they deserve. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown […]

2019 National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week January 22-27th

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in […]

Family, Family, Family

Not only is it important to successful addiction treatment, but family may very well be the greatest and most powerful factor for helping individuals with addiction to recover. I am not talking about functional, well-manicured picture-perfect families. I am talking about dysfunctional, messy, broken souled individuals coming together to help because they love their brother, […]