Scientists and researchers are on the verge of unveiling new testing technology to assess cannabis impairment accurately. But solely criminalizing cannabis-impaired drivers will not solve the problem of impaired driving. Treatment will.
One can safely say that choosing an addiction treatment center to go to is one of the most important decisions of a lifetime. Addiction is a life or death crisis, and making the right choice in where to go for help can make a significant difference in one’s results.
The last few years have produced an array of legal cases that finally bring pressure to bear on the pharmaceutical industry for its role in the opioid epidemic. From lawsuits brought against pharmaceutical manufacturers to litigation with distributors, every aspect of the pharma network has come under scrutiny. Recently, several pharmacy chains were examined for their role in dispensing overwhelming numbers of addictive opioid painkillers into the public’s hands.
While no addict should be condemned or vilified for their addiction, they must get help as soon as possible. And for would-be mothers who are addicted to alcohol, the stakes are that much higher.
While art can take many forms and still be appreciated even when controversial, people should monitor the effects that their favorite art has on their lives. For example, when one of the most popular and appreciated music genres in the nation, country music, starts emphasizing alcohol in its lyrics, fans should be concerned.
With Veterans Day right around the corner, it’s important to consider the unique challenges faced by our nation’s former service members, to explore statistics on substance abuse among veterans, and to determine how our communities can better help former veterans to lead healthy, safe, meaningful lives. As the data reveals, former service members struggle from substance abuse at a rate much higher than many might think, creating a new level of urgency for their families and communities to help them.
The only time most people consider the harm of alcohol is when they think of excessive drinking. However, research continues to show that any degree of alcohol consumption carries risk.
When considering the broader societal cost of alcohol addiction, the first place one should look is within the family of the addict. Given that children are often the first ones to be adversely affected when their parents use substances, this fact alone should serve as a compelling incentive to seek treatment.
Even though Americans were not going out to bars, clubs, or parties during COVID-19 lockdowns, at-home alcohol consumption soared, with skyrocketing liquor sales more than making up for the dip in bar and restaurant alcohol sales. Unfortunately, alcohol misuse at home inevitably became alcohol addiction at home. If people do not get help for their alcohol addiction problems now, they are more at risk for serious harm in the coming days.
Given that drug addiction is a more lethal crisis than perhaps it’s ever been (as evidenced by soaring overdose fatalities), family members can’t just stand by and wait for a loved one to come forward and admit to an addiction. They have to be able to spot the problem, then take action.