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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

How Does Substance Use Affect Pregnant Women?

How Does Substance Use Affect Pregnant Women?

Substance addiction among pregnant women has become a public health concern in the United States. Around five percent of pregnant women use one or more addictive substances. While most people likely recognize that this is not a good thing, not many people understand how substance use affects these women and their unborn children. Pregnant women … Read more

What Are the Most Common Prescription Drugs for Depression?

What Are the Most Common Prescription Drugs for Depression?

Depression and anxiety disorders affect more and more people around the world every year, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not everyone who has depression or anxiety knows that medication may help them. Some people are hesitant to try antidepressants, thinking they might do more harm than good. Antidepressants are an increasingly widespread way to treat … Read more

The Connection Between Substance Use and Heart Diseases

The Connection Between Substance Use and Heart Diseases

The medical field has long acknowledged that substance use and addictions can cause neurological and biochemical changes in the body. The physiological harm brought on by substance dependence can damage major organs, such as the heart. People who abuse drugs or alcohol regularly or from an early age have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular … Read more

Why Are Overworked People More Susceptible to Substance Addiction?

Why Are Overworked People More Susceptible to Substance Addiction?

Overwork (working for more than 40 hours a week) can increase the risk of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Work addiction does not yet have a definition with much consensus within the medical community, but it is an existing problem that can bring stress which often seeks an outlet through drugs and alcohol. Understanding how … Read more