Protecting Home Turf in the Fight Against Processed Food

hpDr. Sack’s article titled, “Protecting Home Turf in the Fight Against Processed Food”, is currently being featured in the Healthy Living section of The Huffington Post (32 Million UVPM). Dr. Sack discusses whether or not junk food is addictive, and offers tips families can follow to prevent themselves from junk food addiction, including to: Leverage Your Buying Power, Take Initiative, Be Health-Inspired, Read Labels and to Decode Marketing Messages.

Recent Stories in the Media

In November Medscape published an article, “Postelection Blues: Passing Reacting or Mental Health Threat?” in which I commented:

“I think many people identify with their candidate. It’s not just tha tthey’re rooting for them, but they feel a personal connection with that person. So when things don’t go as expected, the disappointment for the supporter can be as great as for the candidate…People have a profound attachment and a profound belief in what they are doing. So when things don’t work out, there isn’t just disappointment in what’s going to happen next year. They often feel like their hopes and core values have been abandoned.”

Also in November, my colleague, sex addiction expert Robert Weiss, MSW, C-SAT, was quoted in Prevention Magazine’s article “Why Powerful Men Cheat”:

But this was hardly the first notable guy to be caught with his pants down. From Bill Clinton to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the list of powerful, married men guilty of illicit love affairs is only going to get longer, says Rob Weiss, LCSW, director of intimacy and sexual disorders for Elements Behavioral Health.

“Behind every one of these men are a thousand other men and women, too,” says Weiss. “It’s a much more common problem than the isolated cases we see in the media.”

Also this month, my articles “Yes, We Can Reduce Incidence of Suicide” and “Acute Stress and PTSD: Sandy’s Longest-Lasting Devastation”  were published in the Huffington Post.

How to Assess Your Teen’s Risk Factors for Addiction

Drug use is common among teenagers. By late adolescence, a recent study published in theArchives of General Psychiatry showed that as many as 78 percent of teens have abused alcohol and over 40 percent have used other drugs. Although these statistics are daunting, millions of teens are not using drugs. Which group does your teen belong to? How can you know? Continue reading Dr. Sack’s blog on Huffington Post >


Time Traveling in the Wrong Direction

In February of this year, the Georgia Department of Labor started encouraging businesses to report job applicants with “dirty” urine. (So far, none have done so.) The reasoning behind this new policy is that federal law allows states to deny unemployment insurance benefits to workers who fail an employer’s — or a potential employer’s — drug test, because failing a drug test can be interpreted as being “unavailable for employment.”

Frankly, Georgia’s policy returns the state to the drug and alcohol dark ages, when addiction was viewed as a moral failing as opposed to a treatable illness…

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