What’s Driving the Increase in Adolescent Substance Use Disorder?

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Most people begin using addictive substances like alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs, and tobacco during adolescence and young adulthood, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) statistics. By the time students are seniors in high school, NIDA statistics find: Almost 70 percent have tried alcohol About 50 percent have taken an illegal drug Almost […]

Florida Legislative Roundup For January 2021

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On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) 2021 into law. The CAA combines the federal budget for the fiscal year 2021 with a COVID-19 relief package, which includes increased funding for substance abuse and mental health services. The increases are in addition to funding previously approved for the […]

Substance Use Disorder and Eating Disorder as a Dual Diagnosis

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Dual diagnosis, also called a co-occurring disorder, means a person suffers from both a substance use disorder (SUD) and mental disorder simultaneously. Although one or the other may have developed first, both disorders are now present. Either disorder can mask or worsen the symptoms of the other disorder. Eating disorders (ED) are one form of […]

Managing Depression and Anxiety

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Each year, up to 20 percent of adults in the U.S. visit their doctor complaining of anxiety or depression. Approximately 45 percent of those individuals also suffer from another mental illness or substance use disorder (SUD). While anxiety and depression often co-occur, it is also common for either one to co-occur with a substance use […]

Working in Substance Use Disorder Treatment During COVID-19

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The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) warns the current COVID-19 crisis presents special challenges for those with a substance use disorder (SUD). Increased anxiety coupled with social isolation increases risks for relapse. For treatment providers, maintaining both inpatient and outpatient treatment services, as well as support services, is critical for their clients and communities. […]

Homelessness and Substance Use Disorder

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On a single night in 2018, approximately 552,830 people were identified as homeless in the United States, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Report on Hunger and Homelessness. A large percentage of these individuals also struggled with drug or alcohol use. The U.S Conference of Mayors asked 25 mayors to name the main reason […]

Understanding the Risks of Alcohol and Drug Use During Pregnancy

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There is no amount or type of alcohol, including beer and wine, that is safe to consume at any time during pregnancy. Drinking during pregnancy can damage the developing fetus, increase the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), and possibly cause a miscarriage or stillbirth. What are FASDs? FASDs refer to a group of […]

What is an Intervention?

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An intervention is a pre-planned meeting between concerned individuals and a loved one or friend struggling with addiction. The goal of an intervention is to motivate the loved one to seek help in overcoming addictive behavior. A successful intervention requires careful planning by friends and family, often with the help of an intervention specialist, to […]

Risks of Using Marijuana and Spice

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Marijuana has been the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S. for decades, with over 38 million users in 2015, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Although many states have now legalized medical marijuana, and in some states recreational marijuana, that doesn’t mean its use is without risk. Spice, […]

Understanding Intensive Outpatient Treatment

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Serving as an alternative or follow-up treatment program to inpatient residential services, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) treat substance use disorders, eating disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. IOPs allow clients to live at home during recovery; and provide a more highly structured program than standard outpatient programs, which have minimum attendance requirements. This allows patients to […]

Psychological vs. Physical Addiction

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In the first part of our series on addiction, we broke down what the definition of addiction really means. The two types of addiction, psychological and physical, carry very different symptoms and effects. Read on to learn about what makes psychological addiction and physical addiction different from one another. Psychological Addictions A psychological addiction stems […]

The Definition of Addiction

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The topic of addiction is one that is often misunderstood not only by the general public, but by the addicted person, their family, and even some medical and psychological professionals. Read on to learn what defines an addiction, and ways to find help. Short Definition of Addiction Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain […]

What to Look for in a Drug Rehab Center

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When choosing a drug rehab center, it can be hard to know where to begin. From the associated costs to the comfort of the facility, it’s important to choose a center that aligns with your needs. Here are some questions to ask to determine if a drug rehab center is a good fit for you. […]

Tennessee’s Fight to Make Substance Abuse Marketing More Transparent

Tennessee recently passed a law, HB 2068, to protect consumers of substance abuse treatment from false or manipulative marketing tactics. This is a stride in the right direction because there have been many complaints about the lack of transparency for those seeking treatment. Now all providers of substance abuse treatment, facilities and third-party marketers in […]