Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record High

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin) since 2000. According to new data published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, nearly half a million Americans…

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Young Adults Driving Under Influence of Pot Up 48%

Using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2002–2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a report which provides the most recent self-reported national estimates of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and alcohol and marijuana combined…

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How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude this Thanksgiving

For some, Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, family and contentment. However, for those with alcohol or addiction issues, thoughts of Thanksgiving might give rise to anxiety, depression, resentment and overwhelm. Getting together with family and friends can be a trigger for drug and alcohol use, instead of joy. Gratitude is one of the keys…

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50% of Female Methadone Patients Started with Pain Killers

According to a recent study from McMasters University in Ontario, Canada, half of female methadone patients originally became addicted to prescription opiates after being prescribed pain killers for chronic pain management. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Canada consumes more opioid painkillers than any other country, with the number of prescriptions doubling in the last…

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DBT And Substance Abuse. What Is DBT? DBT is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Developed in the 1970s by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment for people with serious self-harming behaviors or those with complex or severe mental disorders. DBT has also been successful with many substance abusers as addiction can be viewed as a self-harming behavior. Addicts often suffer numerous negative consequences from…

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E-Cigarettes Dangerous to Children

E-cigarettes, also known as electronic cigarettes and vaporizer cigarettes are battery-operated devices that release doses of vaporized nicotine or non-nicotine vaporized solutions. E-cigarettes were first introduced into the US market in 2007 as a device to help smokers cut back or quit smoking altogether. The use of e-cigarettes has risen dramatically in the United States…

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