Opioid Crisis Causing Increase in Rates of Infectious Diseases
Fighting for Public Health America’s opioid epidemic has paved the way for a lot of new challenges. Frequently, these problems call for new strategies. The overdose outbreak led to staggering death rates, as well as a new wave of harm reduction techniques. Crackdowns on prescription opioids led to an influx in heroin use, and lethal . . . . Continue Reading
Can Ear-Clip Electronic Detox Device Stop Opioid Withdrawal?
Imagine a drug addiction treatment program providing you with a hear-aid the first day of treatment. Well, a new electronic detox device might not make things sound much better, but most people seem to think it could make you feel better. Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an electrical ear-clip device that . . . . Continue Reading
Oniomania: Defining and Understanding True Shopping Addiction
This time of the year, people often jokingly downplay the seriousness of shopping addiction. “Oh, I bought so many shoes! I’m a shopaholic!” You or a friend might brag over lunch. It seems fun and harmless to brag about our over-the-top shopping tendencies. However, those who have real compulsive shopping tendencies are often so in . . . . Continue Reading
Are We Overlooking The Benzo Addiction Epidemic?
With all the headlines regarding opioid addiction and overdoses recently, another epidemic hides in the shadows: benzos abuse. Benzodiazepine misuse and addiction remain serious problems, and there has been a sharp rise in benzos prescribing. In fact, a study, published in the American Journal of Public Health in April of 2016, found that benzos were . . . . Continue Reading
A New Approach to Binge Eating Disorder Treatment?
Do you struggle with binge eating? Don’t worry. You are not alone. It is estimated that compulsive binge eating affects approximately 15 million people in the United States. Because of these startling numbers, we are always looking at different kinds of studies that explore treatment for binge eaters. Now, a new treatment may help compulsive . . . . Continue Reading
The Three Kinds of Depressive Episodes
If you struggle with depression, you more than anyone that depression is far from just normal sadness. Depression is a disease. Unfortunately, most people do not look at it that way. The medical community describes depression as a “treatable medical condition. “ However, because the condition is so heavily stigmatized, people can go years . . . . Continue Reading
The Signs of High-Functioning Depression
The media paints a clear picture of what depression looks like. You see the man or woman sad, isolated, and unable to get out of bed. They go about their day withdrawn from family and friends, struggle with sleep and are emotional wrecks. While those are major signs of depression, there are people who have . . . . Continue Reading
Ten Most Common Places Teens Hide Drugs
Teenagers are clever when it comes to hiding their secret possessions. When it comes to hiding drugs, there is no exception. The hiding spaces are limitless. If your teen is the norm, their room is likely disheveled and it would be difficult to find simple items in the midst of it all. However, if you . . . . Continue Reading
5 Ways to Help Your Children in Recovery
Children of addicts are often an afterthought in the recovery process. In the midst of the chaos, it is difficult to strike a balance between getting help for your addiction, and ensuring your children’s emotional needs are met. Children face immense challenges when raised by addicted parents. Even if those parents are not abusive, children . . . . Continue Reading
The Connection Between Depression and Alcoholism
Depression and alcoholism together are a destructive combination. Unfortunately, the two are commonly intertwined with one another. Nearly one-quarter of alcohol-dependent men and close to half of alcohol-dependent women also have a concurrent diagnosis of depression. Researchers wanted to explain the association these two symptoms had with one another. The interesting part about the two . . . . Continue Reading