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…

According to recent estimates, more than 52,000 people lose their lives from drug addiction each year. Of those overdose deaths, about 63 percent or 33,000 people, are from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin.1 Of course, there’s hardly a single demographic that hasn’t been devastated by the opioid epidemic, but teens are one of the fastest-growing…

On This Page: Patrolman Overdoses on Fentanyl During Drug Raid An Accidental Acid Trip Innocent Victims of Crystal Meth Exposure Parts of the Body that Can Absorb Drugs The Dangers of Drugs Absorbed Through Skin Although many people know that injecting, smoking and inhaling drugs can cause intoxication, few are aware that many drugs can…

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 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…