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How do we recognize the issue and treat alcohol abuse?

Friday, 13 April, 2018

Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time set aside to increase awareness, understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage a focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcoholism is not defined by what or when you drink, or how much you drink, but by what happens when you drink. When drinking causes a problem in relationships, at home, at work, financially, physically, or legally, it is an issue and time to get help. (more…)

Erasing the Mental Illness and Addiction Stigma

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Mental illness and substance use disorders often have a social stigma attached which sparks a lack of compassion from others. The stigma surrounding these illnesses can hinder people from seeking treatment. Those suffering often say the humiliation they feel discourages them from getting treatment and makes their difficulties worse. (more…)

Dual Diagnosis: Treating Depression and Opioid Addiction

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

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Dual diagnosis, also commonly known as co-occurring disorders, is used when individuals experience a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder simultaneously. The Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States noted that of the 10.4 million Americans suffering from a severe mental illness and the 19 million suffering from a substance use disorder in the past year, 8.2 million had a co-occurring disorder. (more…)

How is the Opioid Epidemic Affecting the United States?

Monday, 21 August, 2017

Recently the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urged President Trump to declare the U.S. opioid crisis a national emergency. Citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Commission said that an estimated 142 Americans die daily from a drug overdose. Drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined. In 2015, two-thirds of the drug overdoses were linked to opioids both illegal (e.g., heroin, illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids) and legal (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone). (more…)

Substance Abuse can Affect Anyone

Thursday, 10 August, 2017

In some way, we have all been touched by substance abuse, maybe we know someone or have a history of it in our family, or we are the one that is abusing drugs or alcohol.  No one is immune from this disorder that has swept across the country.  According to the Surgeon General, in 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported currently using illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs, and over 66 million people reported to binge drinking in the past month. (more…)

Overcoming Obstacles to Treatment – When a Loved One Doesn’t Want Help

Tuesday, 8 August, 2017

Suffering from a psychiatric or substance use disorder is difficult for everyone; however, when a loved one is suffering and does not want help, it can leave the family confused and helpless. Shame, denial, and disapproval can worsen the situation and make it difficult for a person to reach out for treatment. Regardless of the reason, the family will often feel overwhelmed and at times powerless to help. A supportive family is vital to recovery and decreases the damage a mental illness or addiction can have on a loved one’s life. (more…)

Addiction and the Family

Thursday, 13 July, 2017

By: Sara Arce, LMHC, CAP

Addiction is a family disease and treatment should be in the context of a family system. It is common for families to respond with dysfunctional and ineffective coping behaviors to the disruptive behaviors of a loved one struggling with a substance use and/or psychiatric disorder. (more…)

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