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Blog - Category: Substance Abuse

Polysubstance Abuse

Are you struggling with alcohol or drug abuse? If so, do you only have one substance of abuse or are there more? It is possible that, in fact, you may be struggling with polysubstance abuse. This is a phrase that more and more physicians and counselors are becoming familiar with. You see, in cases of polysubstance abuse, many times the individual is more interested in the mood-altering effects of being “high” than the actual addiction to one specific substance. Seek Help if you are Struggling […]

Substance Misuse in Rural Communities

If you live in a small rural community, you know that these areas are not immune to substance misuse and addiction. In fact, adults from rural areas in the United States have higher rates of prescription drug and heroin addiction along with more methamphetamine misuse. They use tobacco and alcohol more than individuals in urban areas of the United States. It is time to realize that substance misuse in rural communities may be getting worse today. Seek Treatment for Substance Misuse or Addiction Substance misuse […]

Using Alcohol as a Stress Reliever

As COVID-19 continues with the nation slowly re-opening businesses and workplaces, the stress of it all seems to carry on. Individuals are understandably fearful of what the re-opening of our country may mean to us all. Is coronavirus going to surge again? Will I be safe if I return to my workplace with others who might possibly be carrying the virus? Will I still have a job when all of this is over? The questions in our minds just go on and on. It makes […]

Opioids Addiction

Long before anyone ever heard of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the opioid epidemic that we have been fighting for years. Opioids addiction is not taking a break while we struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, many individuals who were receiving treatment such as methadone from a clinic aren’t eligible to take a 28-day supply of the methadone home to take under their own supervision. Ask for Help if You Need It COVID-19 is disrupting everyone’s lives today. Many individuals are going to need help […]

Avoiding Relapse during COVID-19

People who are in addiction recovery may face more issues during COVID-19 isolation. During this pandemic, everyone is feeling stressed, anxious, and fearful. However, for those in recovery, avoiding relapse during COVID-19 isolation can become a real battle. Trying to cope with this new way of life can become overwhelming for those individuals in recovery from addiction. Daily activities such as attending support meetings, aftercare counseling, and sober activities such as going out for coffee, dinner, or a movie have been brought to an abrupt […]

Surviving a Drug Overdose

We’ve always heard that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  In some cases, that adage holds true. For instance, when a person goes through a relationship breakup, they learn from the experience and move on.  Likewise, a close call with a health issue will make us reevaluate our diet and lifestyle choices. But, what can be learned by surviving a drug overdose? In the United States today, overdoses are the leading cause of preventable deaths.  Opioids cause about 69% of these fatal overdoses. Also, […]

Depression and Substance Abuse

The holidays can bring on a time of depression for some individuals. Many people have lost loved ones and feel very lonely during this time of year. Or, they might be estranged from their families. For whatever reason, if you are feeling depressed this holiday season, remember that depression and substance abuse are not a good combination. Trying to get rid of your loneliness or depression with substances of abuse will not help. Seek Help for Depression and Substance Abuse If you are trying to […]

A Co-Worker is Abusing Substances

Substance abuse impacts every facet of a person’s life, including their job and co-workers. Other than lost productivity, when a co-worker is abusing substances, it puts each employee at risk of injury. When a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, accidents can happen whether in a production area, a warehouse, or in the office sitting at a desk. Contact New Beginnings Drug Rehab to Learn More If you have a co-worker who is in need of help for substance abuse or addiction, […]

Trends in Drug Abuse

During the last several decades, prescription drug use has been on an upward trend. But, the good news is, recent studies show that those numbers have declined slightly in the past decade.  For instance, in 2008, about 48.3% of American children and adults reported taking a prescription drug. A decade later, in 2018, that number dropped to 45.8%.  No doubt, we should pay attention to these trends in drug abuse if we want to save lives. The above study, conducted by the U.S. Centers for […]

Children with Peer Pressure

Pressure is defined as “the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something” while a peer group is “a group of people of approximately the same age, status or interests.”  Chances are you felt peer pressure as a child. Same for today’s kids. A vital thing to understand is that it usually comes from a group, not just one other child. It can also come from brothers and sisters, “cooler” older kids, friends’ households, and from within the child’s own home. For this […]

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