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What Legalizing Marijuana Really Means for Addicts

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett, June 15, 2018

As more states vote to legalize marijuana, more questions emerge about its impact on those who struggle with addiction. Does making the drug easier to obtain make it more or less likely that people will abuse it? Opinions are varied and strong on all sides, but let’s start with what we know from w

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What Trump’s Opioid Public Health Emergency Really Means

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett, June 01, 2018

On October 26, 2017, President Trump called our country’s opioid epidemic a “national public health emergency” and promised to put the full weight of the federal government behind fighting it. Given the fact that more than 60,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016—most of which were opi

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Have Smartphones Become the New Drug of Choice for Kids?

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett, May 15, 2018

The digital generation is literally growing up with electronic devices in their hands. Toddlers know how to navigate smartphones to find their favorite cartoon videos, and elementary school kids FaceTime their friends to chat. It’s just a fact of our current-day reality, and, in some ways it’s n

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Is Marijuana a Viable Plan for Curbing the Opioid Epidemic?

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett, May 03, 2018

Since the national opioid epidemic kills almost 91 Americans every day, everyone is scrambling to come up with solutions to stop it. One of the more novel—and controversial—approaches being bandied about is using marijuana to wean people off their opioid medications and to treat the pain they ma

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How do other cultures deal with addiction and what can we learn from them?

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett, April 02, 2018

How the United States deals with addiction is a hotly debated subject—with strong opinions on completely different ends of the spectrum—but how does the rest of the world deal with it? Which countries are more successful than others in keeping drug and alcohol abuse rates low? Are their methods

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Dr. Robin Barnett is a revered behavioral health expert, certified sex addiction expert and former CEO of Park Bench Group Counseling, a progressive addiction rehabilitation facility in Northfield, New Jersey, which she co-founded in 2006 and sold in 2014.

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