The United States witnesses an estimated 91 drug overdose deaths a day, which reflects how serious the opioid crisis has become over the years. It is believed that for every fatal overdose involving an opioid, there are approximately 30 nonfatal overdose deaths. Medical experts point out that hospitals can do more to assist overdose patients generally rushed to emergency departments (EDs), such as gauging if the overdose was due to the overprescription of pain pills or if the patient needs help in accessing addiction treatment. Read more
When Katie returned from a rehab after undergoing detoxification and treatment for alcohol addiction, she received a warm welcome from her family members but saw a change in her friends’ behavior toward her. She realized that she had become a social pariah because many of her friends would avoid hanging out with her since she quit drinking.
Like Katie, thousands of people feel isolated after quitting alcohol. Being sober comes with lots of challenges, but one can still have a thriving social life by making some lifestyle changes, which are listed hereunder. Read more
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a serious endocrine disorder afflicting nearly 8 to 20 percent women across the globe. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 5 million women are grappling with this disorder in the United States. PCOS is affecting more and more women worldwide, therefore, to draw attention, disseminate awareness, and encourage research, the month of September is observed as the PCOS Awareness Month. Read more
When an individual decides to bid goodbye to his or her addiction, he or she needs to follow certain steps toward attaining sobriety. And detoxification is the first step in this process. It demands a lot of lifestyle changes which can easily overwhelm a person. During detoxification, one can undergo painful withdrawal symptoms, extreme cravings, mood swings and a lot of discomfort. However, it is a stepping stone toward a second lease of life and to start all over again, one must be prepared to face the fears. Read more
Underage college drinking is a major public health concern across the United States due to the adverse repercussions it has on the academic and social lives of students living on university campuses. It is also very troublesome to accept the fact that the entire concept of drinking during college days is continually reinforced year after year because of the notion that alcohol is an integral part of the higher education experience.
While most adolescents enter college with some beforehand experience with alcohol, certain social forces that are unique to college life, such as unstructured time, the widespread availability of alcohol, lack of enforcement of underage drinking laws, limited interactions with parents, etc., can worsen a teenager’s tendency to consume alcohol. These factors also significantly increase the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in adulthood and other alcohol-related problems if left unaddressed. Read more
Cocaine is addictive, there is no secret about that. However, what many might not know is it enslaves a person so quickly and such an extent that even a “once-in-a-while” use can be a step closer to doom. Whether it is snorted, smoked or injected, the changes caused in the brain lead to mental and physical health problems, which can last for a lifetime. As a recreational drug, it is known by street names of powder, snow, ski, soft, blow, slopes and coca among others. A study titled “Cocaine Cue-Induced Dopamine Release in Recreational Cocaine Users” has reported that even the recreational use of cocaine can put people at the risk of addiction. The results were published in the journal Scientific Reports in April 2017. Read more
Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths and diseases in the United States that kills about 480,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite knowing the consequences of smoking on one’s health, people dare to take the risk that leads to several long-term health problems. For every smoking-related death, there are about 30 Americans living with a smoking-related illness. Read more
The menace of drug use is prevalent among the workforce of almost every sector, ranging from a desk job to something as tough and dangerous as mining. The repercussions wreaked by drug abuse are generally associated with a number of physical and psychological problems, economic instability, social boycott and other public concerns.
Several companies and organizations prioritize health and safety of their employees by promoting effective safeguards and management of the risks in workplace. In order to avoid loss and other accidents at work, employers generally take stringent measures to control the recruitment of people grappling with substance abuse. Read more
Fentanyl, classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II synthetic opioid under the Controlled Substances Act, is used in the treatment of post-surgery pain or as an anesthetic. Fentanyl is a highly potent drug — 100 times more powerful than morphine and 50 times more powerful than heroin. Due to its potency, it has become a popular drug with a high abuse potential. New data released by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) highlights the significant usage of drugs containing fentanyl. Read more
Addiction is still associated with stigma and discrimination in the society, therefore, when one finally agrees to take therapy in a rehab, there is a feeling of loss and embarrassment. Entering a rehab with this negative mindset can defeat the very purpose of the treatment. Therefore, it is important to enter a rehab with a positive frame of mind.
No matter how prestigious a rehab is, nothing can be achieved unless one has a firm resolve to amend things. While one can expect all the support from the team of skilled professionals, the only thing that can help one, in the long run, is the positive mindset. To take the reins of his or her life in control, one should try to get maximum help from the rehab. Read more
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