Behavioral Health

Preventing overdose deaths is not one-size-fits-all

Scott Weiner, MD


An analysis of overdose deaths in the United States from 2000 to 2015 showed differences in death rates between racial and ethnic groups, and serves as a reminder that different parts of the population have been affected by the opioid epidemic in different ways, and treatment initiatives should reflect these variables.

Answer these 5 questions to help make your New Year’s resolutions stick

If you want to keep your New Year’s resolutions, you need to approach them as a process of behavior change, make your goals realistic, and have a specific plan for how you will reach them.

Remembering the “me” in merry: Self-care strategies for this holiday season

As much fun as the holiday season can be, it’s also stressful for many people, and some find it difficult to feel joyful. Taking time amidst the rush to focus on your own feelings and needs can help relieve some of the stress and make the season more pleasant.

Navigating the holidays in recovery

Peter Grinspoon, MD

Contributing Editor

While the holiday season is a time of festivities and reconnecting with family, for people in recovery from substance use disorders, these specific situations and events can be especially stressful. For them it’s crucial to plan ahead and to make sure recovery remains the priority at all times.

Avoiding holiday excess (and what to do if you overdo it)

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

During the holiday season it’s easy to indulge in too much rich food or alcohol (or both), but some strategic planning ahead of your temptation-filled events can keep you feeling good. And if you’ve already had too much, there are things you can do to feel better quickly.

7 ways to prevent holiday stress — for your children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

While the holiday season brings excitement and activity, it also creates stress for many people, and that can affect children too. With some thought and planning, parents can make the holidays more enjoyable for their kids and themselves.

Heart rate variability: A new way to track well-being

Measuring heart rate variability provides a way to see the impact of stress, which can be a motivator to make healthier lifestyle choices that can help counteract it.

Self-care: 4 ways to nourish body and soul

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

It’s crucial to take care of ourselves physically and mentally, especially when others depend on us. Here are four ways you can incorporate taking better care of yourself into your everyday routine.

Looking under the hood: How brain science informs addiction treatment

Treatment of substance use disorders starts with the clinicians who see patients directly, but the ongoing search for more effective treatment options that will help the widest range of people begins with brain science.

Addiction, the opioid crisis, and family pain

Laura Kiesel


The changes in understanding around substance use disorders are making treatment more readily available to those who need it and reducing the stigma attached to addiction, but may make those with addiction in their family history feel that the change has come too late for them.