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Category: Addiction Studies

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple Ribbon for Domestic Violence Survivors

Each year, more than 10 million Americans experience abuse at the ends of a domestic partner at an average of 20 people per minute. Domestic violence and abuse occurs across all demographics in all relationship configurations; however, women are more likely to experience domestic violence and abuse than men.  One...

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...

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...

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...

American Heart Month: How Do Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Heart?

American Heart Month: How Do Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Heart?

It often goes unnoticed. Your heartbeat has always been there, and as far as you’re concerned it will always be there. Many people take it for granted, thinking their body can handle anything they throw at it. The heart is responsible for your entire circulatory system. When it is weakened...

10 Facts You Need to Know About: Prescription Drug Abuse

10 Facts You Need to Know About: Prescription Drug Abuse

With the prevalence of prescription drug abuse and corresponding fatal overdose rates, it’s time to challenge the way we view and respond to the substance abuse epidemic sweeping the U.S. By correcting misconceptions, banishing stigmas, educating the public, and creating greater access to recovery services, we can work together to...

Pride Month: Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community

Pride Month: Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community

Happy Pride Month! Each June we recognize and celebrate love in all its shades, encourage living in one’s truth, and fight back against intolerance and harmful stigmas. Established in 2000 then amended in 2009, Pride Month is intended to be a month long celebration of inclusivity in love. Unfortunately for...

Study Finds Medical Industry Has “Weak Response” to Opioid Overdose

Study Finds Medical Industry Has "Weak Response" to Opioid Overdose

A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health uncovered disturbing new patterns in Pennsylvania’s battle against opioid abuse and overdose. When analyzing over 6,000 cases of heroin or prescription painkiller overdoses, the study found: 43 percent of heroin overdose survivors had been taking opioids prior...

Sober Privilege? 4 Ways America Fails Addicts

Sober Privilege? 4 Ways America Fails Addicts

Since inception, America has been a beacon of hope and opportunity for billions- internationally and at home. The United States is meant to be the land where dreams can come true if you are willing to put in the hard work. But all that glitters isn’t gold: millions fall through...

Americans Use 75 Percent of Global Prescription Drugs. Here’s Why:

Americans Use 75 Percent of Global Prescription Drugs. Here’s Why:

America, we are at war with a silent killer. This menace lurks in the shadows in every corner of our country, claiming more lives than gun violence and car accidents. We stare it in the face each day, unknowing of its deadly nature. Our enemy is prescription drugs and overdose....