When addicts try to get off drugs and alcohol, they often find themselves coming up against challenges and difficulties. Getting rid of an addiction is not an easy thing to do. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic is making conditions even more challenging for addicts.
For the first time in three decades, the United States experienced a dip in drug overdose deaths. It was short-lived, though, as preliminary data from the CDC now indicates that overdoses are back on the rise. What will it take to halt a growing health crisis that has plagued Americans for one-third of a century?
While most of the nation has been focused on the opiate epidemic, other drug problems have also been on the rise. Meth addiction statistics have soared in recent years, as have meth-related deaths. When will these crises end?
It’s a shocking statistic that one in ten Americans uses painkiller drugs. But that is the brutal truth, and it’s a level of use that must be addressed. There is no reason why ten percent of the U.S. population should be prescribed addictive pain drugs, especially without considering the horrific and even potentially fatal side effects of such drugs.
The American Heart Association released findings that showed how people with heart arrhythmia are more likely to die due to drinking to excess. It is a significant revelation by itself, but it's also indicative of the other harmful effects of alcohol consumption on the human body.
Any alcohol consumption has risk, and that risk is exacerbated the more one drinks. But what constitutes binge drinking? Where did the term come from, and why is it called “binge“ drinking?
Oklahoma may seem like a peaceful, sun-filled land of rolling hills and prairies. But this area also struggles with a severe drug problem. It is a public health crisis that affects cities and rural communities alike.
The actual effects of COVID-19 are still being estimated. And we may never know the full extent of harm caused by the pandemic. But while most people are worried about protecting themselves from contracting the virus, what effect is the pandemic having on those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction? What is the impact on those who currently use drugs and alcohol?
The list of daily healthy activities we should maintain is a long one. Most people know that getting a decent night’s rest is essential for our health, but why? Why is sleep crucial to health, and why is it so important for recovering addicts to get plenty of rest?
It’s common for a society to honor and uplift good behavior and to condemn and vilify bad behavior. Unfortunately, some people are confused about the nature of certain human conditions, addiction being one of them. Why is it so harmful to stigmatize and stereotype addicts? And what should people do instead to help addicts?