Mental Health and Addiction

Why we love, hate winter

[KARE 11, Feb. 11, 2019] As Minnesotans we tend to embrace winter and love snow. But it can really wear on us during times like these, when it’s one snow after another. And there’s a reason you might feel that way, as Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel explained to KARE 11 News.

Why moms need to move self care to top of to do list

[KARE 11, Feb. 4, 2019] It’s no secret that raising kids can be tough and tiring and a new study shows, it’s taking an unhealthy toll on mothers’ mental health. Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso is a psychiatrist with The Mother Baby Center at Allina Health and she’s talked with KARE 11 News about why gender roles […]

Setting resolutions that stick beyond the new year

[KARE 11, Jan. 23, 2019] If you’re like the nearly 80-percent of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, experts say you’ve either already quit or are second-guessing your goals. Dr. Roger Laroche is an addiction specialist and psychiatrist with Allina Health. He sheds some light on why so many of us fall into the trap […]

Is it just shopping or is shopping addiction?

[KARE 11, Dec. 20, 2018] ‘Tis the season for shopping! But for many, this time of year can trigger an urge to splurge — and, for others, it can turn into a serious shopping addiction. Dr. Roger Laroche is an Allina Health addiction and mental health specialist, and he talked with KARE 11 about what […]

Cambridge Medical Center’s expanded mental health and addiction services receives state license

[Isanti County News, Dec. 19, 2018] The integrated and expanded mental health and addiction services at Cambridge Medical Center, part of Allina Health, has been formally licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Service. The expanded services mean community members experiencing addiction and mental health conditions can get more of their needs met in one […]

Breaking up is hard to do

[KARE 11, Dec. 18, 2018] It’s been a heck of a year for female rapper Cardi B. The Bodak Yellow star became the first female rapper to have three Billboard #1 singles. She gave birth to her first child and got married. And on Saturday, another first. She was the first female to headline the […]

Getting kids in the giving mood

[KMSP Fox 9, Dec. 18, 2018] While there is nothing wrong with a child having a lengthy Christmas wish list, there are ways to help your family remember the true meaning of the holidays. Allina Health psychologist Dr. Meghan Miller talked with the hosts at the Fox 9 Morning Buzz about how to get your […]

Dealing with depression during the holiday season

[KARE 11, Dec. 10, 2018] For many, the holidays are a joyous time of year. For those dealing with depression and anxiety, it can be one of the hardest. With all the added stress, family challenges and temptations, the holidays can be especially difficult. Dr. Roger Laroche, psychiatrist with Allina Health, talked with KARE 11 […]

Suicide and drugs reasons for life expectancy drop

WCCO Radio, Nov. 29, 2018] For the third year in a row, the life expectancy of Americans has gone done. Two of the big reasons are drug overdose deaths and suicide. Allina Health psychiatrist and addiction specialist Dr. Roger Laroche talked to WCCO Radio about these two major causes of death and how they can […]

In wake of fatal crash, experts explain dangers of ‘huffing’

[KARE 11, Nov. 5, 2018] The driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed three Girl Scouts and one of their mothers on a Wisconsin highway is accused of huffing before the crash. But what is huffing, exactly? “Huffing is similar to being intoxicated with alcohol,” said Dr. David Frenz, an Allina Health addiction […]