According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of drug overdose deaths over a five-year span involving methamphetamine more than tripled, from 1,887 deaths in 2011 to 6,762 deaths in 2016.
Having a drink, or a few to unwind or socialize is legal and completely acceptable in today’s world. But when does social drinking or drinking in general become a problem? Many people don’t recognize that their drinking might be a medically diagnosed disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM).
Derived from a southeast Asian evergreen tree, and used as a traditional medicine in that region since the 1800s, kratom’s popularity in North America has grown considerably over the past decade.
A U.S. Government-sponsored task force this week released a report recommending that primary care physicians routinely screen their patients for illicit drug use. The recommendation is similar to the task force’s now-followed recommendation that primary care physicians routinely query their patients about drinking and smoking habits.
Despite all the hype new substances of abuse get by the media, opioids are still around and still taking a deadly toll on people who abuse them. But what are the facts about opioids?
“I just use for fun, recreationally. Don’t worry, I won’t get addicted.” Maybe you have heard someone say this, or maybe you have said it yourself. But some substances, including …
CBD is all the buzz these days. It is said to be an effective cure for a variety of ailments. But, what is CBD? CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, …
The emotional experience can be likened to waves in the ocean. Waves can be gentle or fierce, but they always pass us by when we allow them to. There will …
Addiction is commonly believed to be a concern for teens or younger adults. Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t have an age or socioeconomic victim of choice. It crosses all ages, socioeconomic levels, gender and race. As it does so, older adults are commonly identified as being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
Many get sober through 12-step programs. These are self-help programs based on attending meetings that are peer supported and peer lead. Individuals “work” the 12-steps to find sobriety and have a sponsor, someone more advanced in their own recovery, who helps them through the recovery process.
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