December 10, 2014

Addiction and Mental Health Treatment under the Affordable Care Act

Addiction and Mental Health Treatment under the Affordable Care Act Part of addiction recovery is dealing appropriately and concurrently with any co-occurring mental illnesses that may be present. Yet, estimates suggest that more than 23 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol, but only 10 percent of them are seeking treatment. Why is that? […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
April 14, 2014

Painkilling Drugs: Recreational Use Stabilizing

The results of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s study, using data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s system, indicates that the use of opioid prescription painkillers is stabilizing. After a twenty-year increase in prescriptions for this family of drugs, they reached a peak of 210 million prescriptions. Thank goodness the numbers may finally […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events, Drug Treatment
April 7, 2014

Painkillers and Drug Problems in the E.R.

A new study shows an increase in the prescription of powerful narcotic drugs in American emergency rooms.  A 49% increase in opioid painkillers despite a small percentage increase in painful conditions was noticed between 2001 thru 2010. This is a troubling increase. OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin are a few of the well know painkillers often […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events, Drug Treatment
March 28, 2014

Be Aware of Mixing Some Common Prescriptions

When more than one medical condition is treated at the same time, the medication taken for one condition can sometimes make another one worse. This is true of both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Though anyone can inappropriately mix medications, the elderly are most at risk. About three out of four older Americans have multiple chronic […]

Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events
March 24, 2014

Chronic Pain and the Problem of Addiction

Pain is real and people want relief. The painkillers created over the last two decades are very effective in helping most people with chronic pain, but they are also fueling a prescription painkiller epidemic and an astounding overdose rate. One painkiller that can be prescribed is methadone, but leading doctors are warning against its use. […]

Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events, Drug Treatment
December 9, 2013

Abusing Adderall During University Exams

A team at Brigham Young University monitored all Tweets in a six month period and noted any tweet that mentioned the drug Adderall. Aside from professional advertising, the number of tweets remained the same, mostly from college students…until it was time for exams. Then the number of tweets doubled, with students singing its praises and […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events, Drug Treatment
November 6, 2013

Rise in Addictions to a New Drug Cocktail

Drug abuse experts in Ireland are shocked at the rise of a new drug cocktail being used by addicts. The cocktail contains a combination of alcohol, cocaine and benzodiazepine pills. Chief executive of Coolmine, one of the country’s largest treatment centers, Pauline McKeown said: “There has been a dramatic rise in addiction to this cocktail, […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Current Events
October 16, 2013

San Diego State University Health Officials React to Increased Opiates Drug Use

Formal studies and reports have caused San Diego State’s health officials to do some informal email surveys to see how their students compare to other universities and to their local community with regard to drug use. They were not surprised to find that  use of opiates is on the rise among their students and has […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Teenagers
October 11, 2013

No Improvements in Prescription Painkillers After Ten Years of Rising Opioid Prescriptions and Use

Prescription painkillers cause almost 75% of all drug overdose deaths. That is staggering. In 2008 there were 14,800 deaths reported due to prescription painkiller overdose. That was more than deaths by cocaine and heroin overdose combined. Yet despite the increase in opioid prescriptions, doctors aren’t any better at treating pain. “There is an epidemic of […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Current Events, Drug Treatment
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