Addiction treatment specialists and researchers are concerned that the global COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns will lead to a surge in alcoholism and drug addiction. Early indications suggest that such concerns may not be unfounded, but at least one population cohort appears to be reducing the risk of alcohol use disorder (AUD).
In a long-term treatment program, safety concerns are greatly reduced when all residents and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and individuals are tested and must be negative before they are admitted into the program.
The number of Americans dying from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first quarter of the year, putting the country on track for setting a new record for annual overdose deaths. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in general and addiction services more specifically is also playing a role.
Family get-togethers, anticipated to bring joy and celebration, are often brought to a screeching halt when you or a family member does something foolish or inappropriate while under the influence of alcohol or another substance.
Alcohol-related deaths in the country’s rural areas increased dramatically between 2000 and 2018, according to a recent government study, which reported a 43 percent increase overall between 2006 and 2018 and a doubling of alcohol-related death rates in women since 2000.
While few young Americans probably know that former First Lady Nancy Reagan coined the “Just Say No” slogan used to encourage youth to refrain from engaging in illegal recreational drug use, some may be taking the slogan to heart.
Addiction is sneaky. It begins as a way to feel better, relax or to party a little with friends. As time passes, it begins to take a little more to feel the same way a little used to make you feel.
The UK Telegraph recently asked, “Why does tolerating alcohol become so much harder when we’re middle-aged?” To answer that, we thought we’d first examine middle-age itself. What is this mysterious phase of our existence, when the bloom of youth has faded and our bodies begin to warn us that we’re not immortal?
Alcohol addiction in one family member impacts the rest. The consequences of the disorder doesn’t stay contained within a single person. The condition affects how the sufferer acts around others, externalizing the problem and creating new problems.
Study Suggests that In-Laws’ Drinking Problems Could be Risk Factor in Developing AUD Addiction researchers have long established a link between alcohol use disorder (AUD) and a family history of …