By Tamarra Kemsley Ketamine, an anesthetic infamous for abuse among club drug users, may actually help to alleviate even the most stubborn cases of depression. It’s a hypothesis researchers have been testing for years, including as far back as 2006 when a group from the National Institute of Mental Health injected 17 patients with the…

There’s a prevailing narrative in addiction treatment that says a person only seeks help for their substance misuse once they’ve hit rock bottom. The narrative is so common, in fact, that it’s often seen as a necessary step for a person to change. This belief can be traced back as early as 1953, the year…

Although addiction isn’t exactly a new problem, it wasn’t until it became the leading cause of accidental death that the seriousness of the heroin epidemic really came into focus for the population at large. In 2015, there were over 20.5 million Americans over the age of 12 with substance abuse problems. As well, there were…

Another year, another round of changes for Medicaid’s funding of mental health treatment. Such has been the story for years now in Michigan. The reason goes back to a “rebasing” process enacted in 2010 as a way to balance the distribution of Medicaid for mental health services throughout the state. But critics, including patients themselves,1…

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…