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  • 09/05/2018 10:58 pm

    I Hate the Word "Enable": Getting Blamed and Shamed When You Have a Child with an Addiction

    I Hate the Word "Enable:" Getting Blamed and Shamed When You Have a Child with an Addiction
    by Kathy Ketchum, Pare...

  • 08/03/2018 10:33 pm

    You're Invited: Recovery Month Community Potluck

    September is National Recovery Month, and you're invited to join Yakima Valley Voices of Recovery for the 13th annual Community Potluck!

    When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Where: Sarg Hubbard Park (111 S. 18th St., Yakima WA 98901)
    What to bring: Potluck item (salad, dessert, fruit) and lawn chairs
    Cost: FREE

    Yakima Valley Voices of Recovery will provide beverages, hot do...

  • 06/21/2018 10:31 pm

    Women and the Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid crisis is becoming one of the most talked-about problems of today. To look at the problem from a slant on gender brings about multiple considerations. Statistically it is reported more men are dying of overdose than women, but the death of women by overdose is rapidly increasing. More than 71,800 women have died in the county due to prescription opioid overdose since 1999, according to the Center ...

  • 04/06/2018 10:50 pm

    Treating People with ADHD and Substance Use Disorders

    If the title of this blog brought some discomfort, there’s a good chance you are a therapist, medical provider, or a client. Why does this phrasing evoke discomfort in some? And can we develop a discussion and understanding that will better serve us all? In speaking with some...

  • 02/23/2018 9:41 pm

    The Opioid Epidemic: Looking Beyond What is Visible

    By Miguel Messina, Vice President, Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

    In reflecting about the opioid crisis and the epidemic of drug use in the US, I wonder what went wrong and why situations such as this happened. It is always easy to scapegoat an issue by blaming those who are harmed and who suffer the most (that is, blaming the addicted person) rather than looking for answers in places that might create confusion, anger or grief. What is becoming clear to me is that...

  • 05/31/2017 12:08 am

    A Conversation with our New Vice President

    Miguel Messina is our new Vice President for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services. He joined the Comprehensive team in April 2017.

    I was reading random news articles at ...

  • 03/06/2017 4:47 pm

    How Addiction Hijacks the Brain

    The word “addiction” is derived from a Latin term for “enslaved by” or “bound to.” Anyone who has struggled to overcome an addiction—or has tried to help someone else to do so—understands why.

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  • 02/14/2017 8:08 pm

    Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders


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    Individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders have struggled in the past to find the right front door to enter into services...

  • 08/25/2016 10:38 pm

    Recovery is Possible for Dual Mental Health / Substance Use Disorders

    An individual who suffers from both chronic mental illness and addition faces a truly difficult situation. These Dual Diagnosed medical conditions often interact with one another. An individual who suffers from untreated chronic mental illness may turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to reduce the mental health symptoms. Conversely, excessive drug use can and does make a number of serious mental illnesses worse. 

    Treatment of dual diagnosis disorders poses a difficult challeng...

  • 04/14/2016 3:23 pm

    Ask Questions

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    As I was reading before bed this weekend, in my attempt to get less screen time, I was struck by a quote in one of my favorite books, The Little Prince: "Grownups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend they never ask about what really matters. They never ask, what does his voice sound like? What games does he like to play? [...] They...

  • 03/08/2016 5:17 pm

    Marijuana and Workplace Safety

    Marijuana in the workplace

    Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in Washington State, we frequently receive questions about the impacts of marijuana in the workplace from managers and supervisors in organizations who contract with us for employee assistance program (EAP) services. 

    While recreational use of mariju...

  • 08/28/2015 9:52 pm

    Marijuana in the Workplace

    It’s Legal, Isn’t It?

    Washington State's legalization of marijuana may have created a pit fall for unknowing job seekers.  Not only does the State allow for marijuana to be used in accordance with a physician's prescription, but it can also be used recreationally.  Seems like there shouldn't be any confusion, right?  Unfortunately, it’s still a bit hazy.

    Many employers that had previously established drug free workplace policies, have made no c...

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