By Pat Matuszak Over the years, one college complaint has echoed across addiction prevention and recovery communities from students and parents alike: Campus life encourages a mindset where alcohol and drug use is considered part of the ritual of becoming an adult. The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD)…

When it comes to addiction in America, the issue is black and white. And Native American. And Latino. No one is exempt. Addiction plagues communities of every race and nationality. And yet, for minority communities — especially the African-American community — addiction is compounded by historical and institutional factors that make the issue even more…

By: Taylor Davis The opioid epidemic is one of the hottest topics in the healthcare industry today. With more than two million Americans addicted to prescription painkillers and more than 90 dying from opioid overdoses each day, healthcare organizations of all types are asking, What can we do to treat this addiction and prevent this…

By Martha McLaughlin There is a strong relationship between addiction and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). An article in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism notes that studies have found the lifetime risk of addictive illness among ADHD patients to be double that of those without the condition.1 Although the correlation is clear, the reasons for…

By Jenni Deming Opioid addiction has a familiar face. It has the eyes of the retired grandmother next door. It has the smile of the bag boy at your local grocery store. And it has the ears, nose and skin of the lawyer, nurse and social worker you’ve known since childhood. Maybe it even has…

By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP Addiction has become a primary issue across the world. The United States is experiencing a drug crisis with the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic, meth addiction, alcoholism and drug-related crimes. Many people are talking about the culture of substance use in the US and debating what should be done to help…

There’s no way around it: Drug addiction leads to broken relationships and hurts the people you love. When you were under the influence of drugs, you were not the same person. Addiction changes the brain’s chemistry, so you lied and manipulated others to feed your addiction. Now that you are not using drugs and have…

The United States is currently engulfed in its largest public health crisis to date. In 2016, it is estimated that upwards of 60,000 people died as a result of drug overdose with even more deaths associated with substance abuse in general. (That’s more than the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War.) It is…

There’s no doubt that in 99.9 percent of cases, the first use of any recreational drug is voluntary. Even the use of an addictive prescription drug, ultimately, is voluntary. But what about addiction? Do you choose to use or is it an uncontrollable compulsion? What the Experts Say About the Nature of Drug Addiction The…