Addictions

Managing Suicidality During Isolation

In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.  The rate increased 33% from 1999 through 2017 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention states that “suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair.” […]

Substance Use and Stress

Chris Tuell Ed.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, Clinical Director of Addiction Services As feelings of anxiety, depression, or sheer boredom mount due to the growing pandemic of the coronavirus, the desire to turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism could become more problematic. Experts warn against self-medicating during these stressful times for a multitude of […]

Medication-assisted treatment myth and other clarifications

  Christopher Bueker, BS, LCDC-III Lindner Center of HOPE-North, Addiction Therapist  People who struggle with opioid dependency and their families often believe myths and inaccuracies about medication-assisted treatment, which sometimes overshadow the evidence that empirically demonstrates the benefits of opioid substitution therapy. This article is dedicated to debunking the myth that methadone- and buprenorphine-assisted therapy […]

Social Media and Technology and the Impact on Mental Health

By Jen Milau, APRN, PMHNP-BC Lindner Center of HOPE, Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner  There’s no denying it: the advent of social media has changed the way we connect with one another. In some ways, these programs have offered an opportunity to locate and reconnect with lost friends or family members – a phenomenon that was […]

New Treatments Available to Help People with Drug Addictions

The statistics surrounding addiction are shocking and the impact is devastating. In 2017, 70,000 people[i] in the U.S. died from drug overdoses – the highest number in history. Hamilton County accounted for 570 of those deaths[ii]. The City of Cincinnati alone saw a 79% increase in overdose deaths from 2014 to 2017. The region, including […]

Screenagers: Overcoming internet and gaming addictions

A New Way to Balance Digital Usage It’s a concern for parents across the country. Teenagers are consumed by countless digital distractions. Smart phones, gaming consoles, or any number of devices connected to the Internet compete for their attention. Concerns over growing and habitual media use are nothing new, but the broad availability of portable […]

“In the News” – Dr. Tuell joins Fox and Friends to Discuss Internet Addiction

Lindner Center of HOPE Clinical Director of Addiction Services Dr. Chris J. Tuell joined Fox & Friends on January 28, 2019 to talk about a new program at the Lindner Center designed to identify and treat Internet addiction. “This program helps those struggling with a loss of control to re-center their lives to avoid additional […]

Recovery Supporters Can Also Experience a Rough Road, But The Journey Is Still Worthwhile

  Peter White, M.A., LPCC, Lindner Center of HOPE, Addictions Counselor Many loved ones of people with substance use disorders are often discouraged by the severity and duration of distress initiated and endured by their loved ones. In a related manner, many professionals working with people with substance use disorders become disillusioned and discouraged by […]