By: Ramon Bonzon, M.P.H., Public Health Advisor, Targeted Populations Branch, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

November is National Native American Heritage Month. During this time, we celebrate and pay

By: Cicely K. Burrows-McElwain, LSCW-C, Military and Veteran Affairs Liasion, SAMHSA's Office of Policy, Planning and Development

In or out of uniform, many service members return home to communities where

By: Robert M. Vincent, Public Health Analyst, SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

During adolescence, young people have new life experiences and enjoy greater freedom but are also exposed to

This research found that:

  • Cocaine produces a portion of its rewarding effects by increasing levels of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) in the brain’s reward center.
  • Treatments that prevent G-CSF

By: Frances M. Harding, Director, SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that an estimated 6.0 million Americans


There came a point when I realized

the alcohol-as-lifestyle messaging in media and marketing had taken on epic proportions. How can we be more human in the stories we tell around alcohol?

Imagine stepping off of

a plane in a foreign country, not speaking the language and feeling so much excitement and fear at the same time. No amount of planning could prepare me for what was to be my life for the next four months.

By: Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services

One of the most important advances in treating serious mental illness in recent years is improving care for

By: Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services

In a previous blog post, I wrote about crisis intervention teams and their effectiveness in improving outcomes for people

Simple Recovery operates on

the premise that the recovery process is rooted in the skills and expertise of a remarkable staff — professionals with first-hand recovery experience.Simple Recovery is an intimate, client-centered

By: Eric D. Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

Cross posted from the HHS Blog

Summary: After visiting tribal communities in interior Alaska, Deputy Secretary Hargan