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Blog - Category: Substance Abuse

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 […]

Opioid Addiction

Long before anyone ever heard of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the opioid epidemic that we have been fighting for years. Opioid 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. Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs Some of the opioid addiction treatment programs include medication-assisted treatment along with counseling. One of the […]

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. […]

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. Depression and Alcohol Abuse Self-medicating depression with alcohol (or any other substance) […]

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. Symptoms That a Co-Worker is Abusing Substances There are symptoms and signs that you will notice if a co-worker is abusing substances. Chances are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mixing Ativan and Alcohol

Getting help doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. Even someone suffering from mixing Ativan and alcohol together are able to get the help they need to overcome their addiction problems. According to NewsUSA, “While some 18 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, only one in eight receives treatment. Poor diagnosis may play a role in people being undertreated.”  This is also why the abuse continues to get worse or even evolve over time. Most people that abuse drugs or alcohol […]

Help for Addiction

When someone struggles with a substance use disorder, that person is generally not the only one who suffers. Family members and other loved ones also suffer because they often do not know how to help. In 2014, 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled with substance use disorder of some kind. With those numbers, chances are good someone in your family is struggling. Here are three ways to help a family member that doesn’t want help for addiction. Be Prepared to Help Just […]

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