According to the National institute on Mental Health, over 18% of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, making it more common than any other type of mental illness. Clinical anxiety can cause some people to turn to drugs and alcohol in order to cope with symptoms. In fact, it is estimated that individuals with anxiety are twice as likely to suffer from substance abuse issues as the general population. This type of self-medication only winds up causing more harm in the end because drugs and alcohol worsen the psychological symptoms of anxiety, creating a self-reinforcing loop that can wreak havoc on a person’s life and create a serious addiction.
The dual tragedy of fatal drug overdoses from addiction and suicide rates surrounding mental health has underscored a disturbing trend in the United States. Namely, that more and more individuals are feeling despair. The fact that suicide rates have been increasing steadily across every demographic over the past 20 years, rising nearly 28% from 1999 to 2016. 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016, making it the 10th leading cause of death that year.
Unfortunately, members of law enforcement respond to and witness some of the most terrible and traumatic events to happen within communities. Often times, they are at the focal point in hostile situations and are required to make tough, life altering decisions. Stress among cops can accumulate and have a significant impact on their careers and daily lives, with many officers struggling alcoholism, depression, suicidal ideation, PTSD, and several other challenges. According to NAMI, the National Alliance and Mental Illness:
Trauma can be a difficult subject to understand. Put simply, trauma is a specific psychological or emotional response to an intensely negative event or series of events. Trauma can as upsetting as a divorce or illness to experiencing the death of someone close to you or surviving sexual assault. Trauma can also stem from years of psychological or physical abuse from a spouse, parent, or friend. What unites trauma is the damage that these extreme experiences cause in the psyche of the person afflicted.
If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, odds are that someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, or that are aware of the current addiction crisis. “Substance use disorder” is the clinical diagnosis to describe the brain disease caused by the recurrent use of substances such as alcohol, illicit drugs, and tobacco. Unfortunately, it’s an issue that has greatly impacted the Louisville area and caused significant disruption to the country overall.
Asking a family member or friend to enter drug and alcohol rehab is not an easy task. Many people are not ready to admit when they have a problem, let alone spend one to three months in a rehab facility. Denial is one of the strongest barriers to treatment that keeps people from getting the help they need.
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin recently opened up about the couple’s relationship, his rocky experience with drugs and addiction, and his own relationship with God in an interview with Vogue magazine.
The opioid crisis claimed more than 1,500 lives in 2017 in the state of Kentucky. Fortunately, a number of statewide and community driven efforts have begin to make a difference for residents, with increased treatment centers and law enforcement leading the charge. Here, we’ve collected some of the latest stories and updates from the state of Kentucky in fighting the addiction crisis.
Prescription painkillers, namely opioids like fentanyl, are the main driving component of the drug crisis that we are seeing in the country that claimed the lives of over 70,000 Americans in 2017. All indications point to evidence that this number will only continue to rise as it has over the past decade and more.
In September of 2018, NOVA, the highly popular PBS series on science and technology published a documentary on the addiction crisis in America. Created by the Boston-based producers over the past couple years, this documentary showcases the stories of several addicts and families as well as the work being done by scientists around the nation to understand and treat the epidemic of addiction. By shedding light on a feared and stigmatized subject, the documentary will hopefully help inform individuals about effective treatment options and the reality that many Americans are faced with when it comes to options for getting better.