Addiction to drugs and alcohol is one of the most pressing issues facing the country right now. Already, countless families have been ripped apart by the dangers and the effects of addiction. Fortunately, the stigma surrounding these mental health issues has largely faded and there has been a significant increase in the number of resources to help people and families who are in need. This has given hope to countless people across the country suffering from drug and alcohol addiction who previously might not have known where to turn. Now, even those who are on government insurance assistance plans, such as Medicaid, have access to drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment that they so desperately need.
People wondering “what is fentanyl” often turn to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for answers. The organization describes fentanyl as a pain-relieving drug that is up to 100 times more potent than the more well-known morphine. As a synthetic opioid analgesic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains fentanyl as a Schedule II narcotic available only by prescription. Doctors typically prescribe fentanyl to patients struggling with severe and/or chronic pain and to manage post-surgical pain. People may not understand the potential for fentanyl overdose or fentanyl addiction when first prescribed the drug.
Getting clean and sober is challenging enough, but recently it’s been documented that a sizable percentage of people with substance abuse issues are also suffering in addition from a mental illness. This dual diagnosis represents as many as 40 percent of those with substance abuse issues, according to a recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). That makes treatment somewhat more challenging since the person and the therapist need to deal with the underlying mental health issue as well as the substance abuse.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 13 percent of Americans between 18 and 25 years old suffer from major depression. This common disorder can occur due to an underlying illness or situation — such as a family history of depression, abuse, or neglect — and without treatment can lead to a suicide attempt. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among Americans between 15 and 24 years old, and more young adults think about or attempt suicide than adults aged 30 and older.
While it is normal for people of all ages to experience sadness from time to time, it’s important to recognize when sadness crosses the line beyond normalcy and signifies an underlying trigger. Here are some of the signs of a worsening depressive state and tips on how to promote emotional wellness.
How Gratitude Can Make the Road to Recovery Easier
When you are going through addiction recovery, taking steps to build a healthier lifestyle and boost your well-being is a big part of getting better. This can be a challenge when you are not used to living this way, but it doesn’t have to be. A simple yet highly effective way to make the recovery process easier on yourself is by practicing being thankful. Learn more about gratitude and addiction recovery as you work your way through this process. (more…)
How to Discuss Opioids with Your Teenager
There is a national opioid crisis. While some opioids such as heroin are illegal, there are many opioids including hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine that are prescribed by health care providers to treat pain. Misuse of prescription drugs is among the fastest growing drug problem among teenagers. Many students in high school are experimenting with opioids, and there is a risk of addiction. Many parents prefer not to think that their teenagers are at risk of drug use, but unfortunately, one out of every eight in high school are using opioids for non-medical reasons.
The best prevention for opioid misuse is by talking to your children from a young age. Below is a guide to help parents to know where to start.
What is Relapse?
When someone who has struggled with substance abuse has achieved some period of sobriety and then returned to active use, that is relapse. While going back out does happen, it doesn’t happen to everyone, and people who stay sober tend to do the same things. We have some tips for avoiding relapse.
Battling drug addiction? No doubt the journey to sobriety will be challenging, but you need to keep pressing on. We’ve gathered six highly valuable Motivational Quotes for Drug Addicts that we believe will keep you going no matter what;
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
You’ve been through trying times of addiction, done terrible things and suffered a lot. There are instances you felt so empty and suicidal. However, whatever tribulations you’ve had to go through and will probably experience when fighting drug addiction have only made you stronger.
Most people like to help other people, but when it comes to addiction, sometimes help isn’t always appropriate. Here some ways you may inadvertently be enabling addictive behaviors and keeping a loved one from going down a path of recovery.