Although we face many cultural issues today, addiction is surely among the most pressing. It’s a destructive, deadly disease that affects all sections of the population to some degree, which is why combating addiction remains a top priority of public officials and researchers alike. Lately, there’s been much discussion about risk factors for addiction. Through…

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…

The American Medical Association now recognizes alcoholism (alcohol use disorder) and substance addiction (substance use disorder) as “diseases,” forcing health insurance companies to acknowledge the need to cover treatment for these conditions. But drug and alcohol treatment is expensive. For many who are dealing with these chemical-related diseases – as well as mental health conditions…