Following President Trump’s declaration of a nationwide public health emergency to address the opioid crisis in 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) facilitated its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The DEA’s semiannual events are intended to provide opportunities for people to remove unused opioids and other prescription drugs from their homes so they don’t … Continue reading What to Do with Unused Prescription Drugs
With an average of 150 Americans dying each day from drug overdoses — many of them opioid-related — President Trump declared the opioid epidemic to be a public health emergency in the fall of 2017. This was the result of a recommendation to declare an emergency from a commission appointed by the president to study … Continue reading The Opioid Crisis: A Public Health Emergency
Searching for help with a drug problem can be a bit confusing. That’s because, in some cases, the terms “drug detox” and “drug treatment” are used interchangeably — even though they’re not the same thing. So what’s the difference? Let’s take a look at what’s included in both detox and treatment and shine a light … Continue reading How Is Treatment Different Than Detox?
Alcohol use disorder affects more than 15 million adults in the United States, according to the most recent stats from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.1 An even harsher reality: Approximately 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.2 That’s even higher than the estimated 64,000 drug-related deaths in 2016.3 And while … Continue reading Medication-Assisted Treatment: Is It a Secret Weapon Against Alcohol Dependency?
To the chagrin of all levels of law enforcement – from federal to local – methamphetamine use has been on the rise, and California is on the front lines of the epidemic. Methamphetamine use increased nationally by 61 percent for current users age 12 and older and 71 percent for new users between 2010 and … Continue reading Is Meth Addiction Still a Problem?
Sometimes it seems like the national news contains one tragedy after another. National and world disasters wreak havoc on families and individuals, and these traumas often create ripple effects that impact people outside of the actual physical incident. Is it possible to become traumatized from afar by watching or reading the news? How … Continue reading Can Being Exposed to Disasters and Tragedies in the Media Cause Trauma?
First sold in the US in 2006-2007, the modern e-cigarette — also known as e-hookah, hookah pen, vapes, vape pen and mods — is a handheld electronic device that mimics the experience of smoking tobacco.1,2 It heats a liquid substance to create a vapor (with nicotine, flavoring and/or other chemicals) that the user inhales. In … Continue reading Smoke and Mirrors: Does Vaping Make It Easy to Hide Drug Use?
Each person’s experience in life is unique, and how you process your life experiences can greatly affect your success and your stay in an addiction treatment program. If you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, recovery can present distinct challenges unless you’ve chosen a treatment center that’s sensitive to your specialized needs. The good news is, … Continue reading Drug Addiction Help for the LGBTQ+ Community
With opioid use on the rise, the risk of overdose is real and present for every addicted individual. The most recent numbers suggest a terrifying prospect for future overdose predictions: More than two million Americans rely heavily on opioids, which include prescription painkillers, heroin and its synthetic counterpart, fentanyl.1 It’s no wonder recovery advocates celebrate … Continue reading Are Narcan Home Kits a Lifesaver or Safety Net for Opioid Addiction?
Family looks different for everyone. There are the people you’re related to by blood and the people you’re related to through marriage. There are also the people you choose to be close to because you share a mutual care for each other. When you’re addicted, your substance use affects everyone close to you. The things … Continue reading Making Peace With Your Addiction’s Effect on Family