For many people dealing with drug and alcohol use disorders, many of them will also be suffering from co-occurring mental or physical ailments, something known as comorbidity. Comorbidity describes two or more disorders or illnesses occurring in the same person. So, in the case of drug or alcohol abuse, substance abuse constitutes one of the illnesses, while another problem like depression or anxiety is also occurring. Comorbidity also implies that interactions between the illnesses can worsen both problems.
Chemical dependency has been a problem in the United States for decades. The issue of drug addiction leads to tens of thousands of deaths per year, and with the emergence of prescription medication and opioids, that number has only been rising in recent years.
A substance use disorder is not something that just affects the person using, but, family and loved ones as well. Family is the primary source of attachment, nurturing, and socialization for humans in our society, because of this, it is easy to understand the problematic impacts that substance abuse can have on the family as a whole and individual family members, especially children. One study shows that there are a number of effects such as “unmet developmental needs, impaired attachment, economic hardship, legal problems, economic hardship, legal problems, emotional distress, and sometimes violence”.
What are the next steps after you’ve completed rehab? Like many who have recently graduated from a treatment program, you may feel overwhelmed by what the future holds. Integrating back into society can be an exciting and frightening prospect. For example, you be eager to rejoin your friends and enjoy your newfound sobriety, but you may also be nervous about having the freedom to potentially use again.
When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around on March 17th it’s usually cause for celebration. Millions across the world raise a toast in celebration to this Irish holiday commemorating the life and death of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.
Underage drug and alcohol abuse continues to remain a large problem in the United States. Among today’s youth, alcohol continues to remain the most widely used drug with roughly six out of every ten 12th grade students having consumed alcohol at least once, and 25% having done so before 8th grade. Here are some more shocking statistics about the scope of underage drug and alcohol abuse in the United States.
Opioid overdoses kill tens of thousands of people annually in the United States and with the rise of drugs like oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl, the problem doesn’t appear to be going away. In 2016 alone, those three drugs combined to kill more than 40,000 people and the number of fentanyl deaths has increased by more than 300% from 2014 to 2016.
It is well known that substance use disorders and suicide are significant problems among our nation’s military veterans. Many studies indicate that the rates of alcohol use, suicide, and PTSD are higher in Veterans than that of the non-Veteran population. Considering these alarming statistics, it is important that clinicians and federal policymakers identify targeted care options to help Veterans whom may be struggling with these issues. Here is what we know about the scope of the problem:
Substance abuse among Native American tribes in the U.S. presents a serious problem. Factors such as social isolation, poverty, and lack of adequate healthcare resources have contributed to higher than average levels of drug addiction and alcoholism.
If you’ve ever quit a habit or discussed someone else quitting, you’re likely familiar with the phrase cold turkey. Whether your vice is Netflix binges, oreo cramming, or cigarettes, to quit them cold turkey means to swear off them completely, no ifs, ands, or buts. With New Year’s behind us, the phrase may be cropping up more and more. But where does it come from?