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Millions of Americans fall prey to addiction to alcohol or other illicit drugs each year. Regrettably, 1.4 percent of them make it to a rehab, only after hitting rock bottom. Addiction leads to distinct thinking patterns in individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD), which enables them to continue abusing drugs despite the negative and […]

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The United States is one of the few countries in the world with a large number of senior adults living with HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, older adults aged 55 and above accounted for 26 percent (319,900) of the estimated 1.2 million people living with diagnosed or […]

Posted in Anxiety, Dual Diagnosis, Substance Abuse - 0 Comments

“I was very shy – with strangers – I couldn’t talk to people. And I found if I had a drink, it would loosen me up. The barriers went down and I became very social. That’s what got me started.” These words from iconic American entertainer Richard “Dick” Wayne Van Dyke would shock many people, […]

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In recent years, the world has been taken over by a comparatively new phenomenon called social media networking. Platforms such as Google+, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter have facilitated the fusion of technology with social interaction using Internet-based applications. Social media is a powerful tool to share information, ideas, opinions and conversations. However, criminals have exploited […]

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Amidst all the mayhem caused by drug addiction and its impact on the American society, there is a small ray of hope. Marijuana use among adolescents has shown a downward trend in the United States. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report, in 2016, 6.5 percent of adolescents aged […]

Posted in Mental Health, Recovery, Substance Abuse - 0 Comments

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a working definition of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD) as a “process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” Recovery can be facilitated by making sure that […]

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“A strange sensation overtook me after I had my first dose. My pain had diminished, but there was something else happening. I started to feel euphoria. I wanted more of it,” said 17-year-old Andrea (name changed) of New York, addicted to OxyContin. For the 43-year-old Jonathan (name changed) of Los Angeles, the addiction reached the […]

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Being devoured by the demons of severe depression or hopelessness is similar to being harrowed by a deep-rooted pounding headache, which saps away the vigor and vitality of afflicted individuals. It is a grim experience where even the faintest thought emerges as a tempestuous battle. Needless to say, under such circumstances, death to distress becomes […]

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Congressman Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the nation’s “drug czar,” has a track record of advocating enforcement-side drug policy and better treatment for people with addiction. The president on Sept. 1, 2017, nominated Marino to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), four months after the Pennsylvania Republican had formally withdrawn […]

Posted in Chronic Pain, Opioid, Treatment - 0 Comments

Estimates from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) show that 126 million American adults experience some type of pain — 25 million suffer from daily chronic pain and another 23 million experience severe pain. With a significant section of the population battling moderate to severe pain and opioids continuing to be the “drug of […]