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How Can You Prevent Children With Depression From Developing Substance Use Disorder?

How Can You Prevent Children With Depression From Developing Substance Use Disorder?

If you are a parent who is concerned about the possibility of your children developing substance use disorder (SUD), you can implement preventative measures. This starts with paying attention to their mental health. Mental illnesses like depression can be risk factors for future substance use. Mental Illness as a Risk Factor for Substance Use The … Read more

How Does the Brain Change With Substance Dependence?

How Does the Brain Change With Substance Dependence?

You have probably heard health professionals speaking of substance addiction as a brain disease. Why is it viewed this way? Does the brain change with repeated substance use? The answer to this important question has profound implications for how the brain needs to be cared for during recovery. Treatment approaches that seek to improve the … Read more

Navigating Family Dynamics and Addictive Substances During the Holidays

Navigating Family Dynamics and Addictive Substances During the Holidays

Family, holidays, and recovery can be a difficult mix. Holiday stress is real and comes in many forms. The high emotions and sometimes relational complications may create stress. Since holidays are also times when substance use is more prevalent, the mix can produce a perfect storm for people in recovery. To enjoy the presence of … Read more

What Role Do Neurological Pathways Play in Recovery?

What Role Do Neurological Pathways Play in Recovery?

Recent addiction research has proven that it is a disease of the brain. However, many people don’t yet know or acknowledge this fact. Even if you agree with this model, you may wonder why this disease is more powerful than other illnesses. Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease that impacts neurological pathways. Therefore, recovery … Read more

How Can You Assess Your Risk Factors of Substance Use Disorder?

How Can You Assess Your Risk Factors of Substance Use Disorder?

There are five key risk factors that contribute to a person developing the disease of addiction. These risk factors are genetics, childhood trauma, mental illness, social environment, and early use. Research shows that the risk of substance addiction increases as the number of risk factors increases. Assessing one’s risk in these aspects can help one … Read more

Important Facts About Fentanyl

Important Facts About Fentanyl

Our nation has seen a rise in overdose deaths in the past few decades. Though there are many drug culprits in this situation, fentanyl is among the most dangerous drugs on the market. Consequently, it is responsible for a high percentage of overdose deaths. This drug is often mixed with other substances, leading to accidental … Read more

What Should Parents Know about Drug Policies in the U.S.?

What Should Parents Know about Drug Policies in the U.S.?

Many parents are concerned about the risk of their children developing substance use disorder (SUD) given the widespread access to substances in communities and the legalization of some drugs in the U.S. While people might think legalization is simply a yes or no dichotomy, there are several forms this kind of legalization can take, each … Read more

What Is Overdose Reversal Medication?

What Is Overdose Reversal Medication?

The ongoing opioid epidemic and increasing fatalities from overdose call for a proactive approach to prevent and reduce harm. Among the many methods, overdose reversal medications are a necessary part of the harm prevention toolkit. These medications can reduce the deadly effects of opioid overdose until professionals can intervene. In 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General … Read more

Seeking Peer Support in Recovery

Seeking Peer Support in Recovery

For people going through recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), the importance of good peer support cannot be overstated. One reason is that addiction can be very isolating, a feeling which often intensifies the need for substances. The COVID-19 pandemic has created more social isolation and thus led to more substance use problems. Another reason … Read more

Why Is Low Self-Esteem a Risk Factor for Substance Addiction?

Why Is Low Self-Esteem a Risk Factor for Substance Addiction?

Did you know that low self-esteem and substance use disorder (SUD) are interrelated? Low self-esteem is a powerful risk factor for developing SUD, especially in younger people like teens. SUD often comes with co-occurring mental health disorders, and while low self-esteem isn’t a mental health disorder itself, it may be a symptom of some. Treating … Read more