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How Underage Drinking Can Contribute to Long-Term Substance Misuse

Underage drinking is a dangerous pastime of many high school and college students. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 11 percent of the alcohol in the United States is consumed by underage drinkers and over 90 percent of underage drinkers have engaged in binge drinking. While underage drinking may seem inconsequential in the [...]

What the Rise in Opioid Overdoses Means for Substance Abuse Treatment

Drug overdose deaths due to opioid abuse have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. Opioid abuse has contributed to more than half a million deaths between 2000 and 2015. During that [...]

The Thin Line Between Misuse and Addiction

What is the difference between substance abuse and addiction? If you're concerned about a loved one's drinking or drug use, it can be challenging to understand the distinction. Substance use disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis defined as use that causes serious impairment or distress. While this does not necessarily constitute addiction, addiction is considered the [...]

The Growth of Substance Abuse in America’s Youth

Substance abuse is continually on the rise without discriminating against age. Reports of an 11-year-old girl overdosing on heroin shocked the nation, and studies are showing that children are experimenting with drugs or alcohol as early as ages 10-16 years old. Because substance abuse is wreaking havoc on families around the world, we need to focus on the epidemic [...]

Recognizing the Early Signs of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse affects individuals from all ages and walks of life. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10% of people 12 and older have used substances within the past month. Understanding the signs that could indicate substance use and abuse will help identify family members or significant others [...]

A Disease That Does Not Discriminate By Age

A fact that many addiction awareness activists stress is that the disease of addiction does not discriminate. They speak about how a person can become afflicted with the disease of addiction regardless of his/her nationality, profession, economic status, or family cohesion. Age is a factor that is overlooked in that concept. Our mental image of [...]

How Does Legalization of Marijuana Affect Substance Abuse?

In states all around the country, marijuana has been a hot topic for a variety of reasons. Many states started legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Additionally, each state has shown to have quite a bit of economic growth because of it. According to an article from Forbes, the marijuana industry may produce upwards of 250,000 [...]

Costs of Addiction, Abuse, And the Value of Recovery

The price of addiction is expensive in a variety of different ways. First, the cost of addiction when it comes to your personal health and well-being can’t easily be quantified. Losing the sense of who you are through addiction is one of the worst situations that those suffering from this disease must face. The amount [...]

Are Opioid-Free Painkillers the Key to Curbing Addiction?

The opioid epidemic in the United States is constantly growing to new and more alarming rates. One of the primary reasons for this is because the United States is the world leader when it comes to prescribing opioid medications. An example of the reason the U.S. is having a opioid problem is that while we [...]

How Do People Hide Their Addiction Problem?

Addiction is a cunning disease that can tear families apart and make a person’s life highly unmanageable. One of the most difficult parts about being the loved one of someone suffering from addiction is knowing if he or she has a problem. Sometimes it seems much easier to turn a blind eye and pretend that [...]