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The Power of Music for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Has music ever sent chills down your spine? Has a song ever spoke to your soul due to its breathtaking melody or profound lyrics? Music has become an influential part of our day-to-day lives. It is so powerful that it can fill us with joy or make us cry just...

Addressing Substance Abuse: Community Health Improvement Week

Addressing Substance Abuse: Community Health Improvement Week

Substance abuse disorders are quiet, careful killers. They are disorders that force our way of living to center solely around the addictive substance and nothing else. In the United States, 20.2 million adults aged 18 or older suffered from a substance abuse disorder in 2014, accounting for billions of dollars...

How to Explain Addiction to Children Carefully

How to Explain Addiction to Children Carefully

When Is it Too Early or Too Late to Have the Drug Talk? Children are sponges. They absorb information better than any of us. If you think your problem is going over their head, think again. Although your child doesn’t understand the gravity of a chronic substance use disorder, the...

Stroke Awareness Month: Strokes Are Preventable and Treatable

Stroke Awareness Month: Strokes Are Preventable and Treatable

The 5th Leading Cause of American Deaths Did you know that stroke is a leading cause of death in America? 795,000 people suffer from strokes yearly. Further, strokes account for 1 in every 20 deaths that occur in America. This means that 140,000 people die of strokes every year. This...

Drug and Alcohol-Related Birth Defect Awareness Week

Drug and Alcohol-Related Birth Defect Awareness Week

A baby on the way is a cause for great joy and excitement, whether it’s the firstborn or another welcome addition to the family. Unfortunately, addiction does not take holidays, and many women are still engage in substance abuse after becoming pregnant. The CDC reported that 1 in 9 women...

Kapoor Guilty in Insys Therapeutics Opioid Bribery

Kapoor Guilty in Insys Therapeutics Opioid Bribery

In the first successful prosecution of its kind, a jury found Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor and four co-defendants guilty of racketeering conspiracy. The verdict came Wednesday after 15 days of deliberation in a Boston court. The federal government brought charges against Kapoor and his co-defendants for allegedly operating a...

Recognizing the Signs of Functional Alcoholism

Recognizing the Signs of Functional Alcoholism

What Exactly is Functional Alcoholism? Functional alcoholism can be difficult to spot. By definition, functional alcoholism is when someone appears as any non-alcoholic would, despite having a habit of abusing alcohol. They are called “functional” or “high-functioning” alcoholics because they appear to have normally proceeding lives that may even contain...

Recognizing Functional Alcoholism

Recognizing Functional Alcoholism

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to examine the effects alcohol may be having on your life and the myriad options of treatment at your disposal. In 2016, an estimated 81.6 million people in the US were binge or heavy alcohol users according to the National Survey on Drug Use...

Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month, designated in 1992 to educate the public about the effects of stress on one’s mental and physical health as well as remedies for daily stress. Because addiction often has roots in one’s mental health, understanding and learning to identify stress and stress triggers is important...

Where Does Addiction Occur in the Brain?

Where Does Addiction Occur in the Brain?

Recognizing the roots of addiction in the brain is key to understanding and addressing the substance abuse crisis affecting the United States. A recent study by scientists at Scripps Research may have located the source of alcohol cravings in the brain, further supporting addiction as a disease. But where does...