Frequently, after researching interventions, families decide that they can go it alone, without a professional. In this case, the family members and close friends plan and perform an intervention without hiring a professional interventionist. But is this wise?
The treatment gap in the United States is quite large, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The strategies used to increase access to effective treatment involve achieving insurance parity, reducing stigma, and raising awareness among both patients and healthcare professionals of the value of addiction treatment.
An alcohol intervention is a professionally led meeting with the help of an interventionist to discuss a loved one's drinking behaviors and how it impacts them and the people around them.
The presidential election was not the only important voting issue on November 3rd, 2020. In the state of Oregon, voters came together and voted to decriminalize drugs. What does that mean?
While deaths from COVID-19 are front-page news on a daily basis, another national public health crisis, overdose deaths from the use of illicit drugs, is growing. For many, the correlation represents strong evidence that another painful result of the pandemic is an increase in deaths from drug addiction.
Drunk driving is always a risk because there are, unfortunately, always some drunk drivers on the road.
Two coinciding factors are currently worrying public health experts regarding teen and adolescent health. First off, marijuana use among young people is growing. Second, it is becoming increasingly apparent that marijuana use among young people is particularly harmful to them.
There is no mistaking that the massive push to manufacture, distribute, and prescribe opioid pain relievers in the late-1990s and early-2000s was a huge mistake. It’s known that opioid pharmaceuticals have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. But what about the more sinister, under-reported harmful effects of the prescription opioid epidemic, like the surge in heroin addiction?
While opioid prescribing has declined slightly in recent years, Americans still receive far too many of these drugs—and way too easily.
There is no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year for many Americans. For those who struggle with addiction, this is even more true.