When it comes to finding a path to recovery and staying on it, people tend to be more successful when aided by trained mental health and addiction treatment professionals, even if the process of getting sober really is about self-discovery. Members of the LGBT community who face substance use disorders likely do so with many … Continue reading The Science Behind How Specialized Addiction Treatment Can Help LGBT Individuals
It’s a situation in which nobody wants to be. Yet a growing number of people are dealing with the heartbreak of having a child who’s addicted to opioids. Whether or not you have children, empathizing with the helplessness of the situation isn’t hard to do. The fear that one’s son or daughter will overdose is … Continue reading “Tough Love” Isn’t the Only Approach to Helping Your Opioid-Addicted Child
Based on a bevy of hospital and police statistics, we know that there are a number of dire situations in which a person could find himself or herself when abusing substances. For instance, an individual could put his or her life or the lives of others in jeopardy due to being in a state of … Continue reading Drug Addiction in the Emergency Room
There is a misconception that people who work in the upper ranks of healthcare, particularly the mental health field, are immune from mental illness themselves. The idea is that they always carry with them the proper toolbox for addressing any mental health problem. But that’s not how it works, as a bold post on the … Continue reading Top UK Mental Health Professional Goes Public About Stay in Psychiatric Hospital, Shatters Stigma
It has been a question swirling around communities for quite some time now, and it’s finally coming to a head: If you can’t save your loved one by convincing them to get into treatment, should you carry naloxone to prevent a deadly overdose, just in case? This is no longer the “elephant in the room,” … Continue reading Should Friends, Parents and Loved Ones of People with Opioid Addiction Carry Naloxone?
Addiction is an extremely enigmatic, complicated disease. As we have continued researching and trying to learn more about addiction, our understanding of the disease has evolved. Presently, the American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”1 When a person abuses mind-altering substances consistently … Continue reading Why Is Addiction So Highly Stigmatized?
There may be many things that recovering addicts have never done while sober in their adult lives, from celebrating the holidays to starting new relationships to dancing. Avoiding boredom is essential for recovering addicts, as it is one of the main causes of relapse, so it’s a good idea to try new things and pursue … Continue reading How to Stop Fearing New Sober Experiences
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a report on the difficulties of finding appropriate, affordable mental health care. Even individuals with insurance have trouble finding in-network providers. In some places, mental health services may not be available at all. Mental health care services are often more expensive than physical care. Parity laws and … Continue reading Mental Health Parity and The National Alliance on Mental Illness
Communication is invaluable. It is necessary for our everyday lives. It is essential to our health care. We use communication to ask for help. Medical professionals use communication to provide that help, share information and expand scientific knowledge. Registries may be a good way to achieve these goals. Because our nation and our medical professionals … Continue reading Improved Communication and Health Care Effectiveness
When it comes to how a Trump presidency will view addiction issues, two eyebrow-raising facts have emerged. First, Donald Trump has spoken openly about how he lost his older brother, Fred, to alcoholism at a young age. Fred’s death and the events leading to it impacted Donald in such a way that he never has … Continue reading What Kind of Addiction and Mental Health President Will Donald Trump Be?