One of the most concerning issues we fact in the United States is the opioid epidemic. For the past two decades, millions of Americans have become addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of annual overdose deaths caused by prescription painkillers has seen a 2.8-fold increase…

It’s one thing to say that addiction is growing on college campuses. However, seeing the numbers paints a more vivid picture. Take a closer look at college student addiction statistics to see the areas requiring the most work. Alcohol Kills More than 2,000 Students Annually Approximately 40% of college students nationwide report excessive alcohol consumption…

Recent years have seen the rise in popularity of several unexpected substances like bath salts, synthetic marijuana and W-18, which is the latest of these threats. These mysterious drugs often burst onto the scene accompanied by news reports and a sudden surge in overdose deaths seen in communities throughout the U.S and Canada. Just when…

Heavy marijuana use may cause changes in users’ dopamine systems similar to the changes caused by heroin and cocaine, a new study suggests.1 A New Approach Carried out by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), the study looked at 11 adults between the ages of 21 and 40. Dubbed “severely dependent” by the researchers,…

The experience of having an addicted loved one presents challenges for a number of reasons, such as continuous denial of an addiction that he or she cannot hide, pushing family and friends away, and exhibiting behaviors that have ever greater implications for those around him or her. For the loved ones of an addict, the…

Mental health and substance use conditions often co-occur. In other words, individuals with substance use conditions often have a mental health condition at the same time and vice versa. Approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders. Only 7.4 percent of patients receive treatment for both conditions, with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.1 Co-occurring…