“Courtney Griffin was addicted to heroin and ready to get help. She packed up her things, and her mom drove her to a residential treatment facility about an hour from their home in New Hampshire. There was a bed waiting for her. But unfortunately, that’s not where her story ends.
“Opioid misuse is a significant problem in the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 914,000 people age 12 or older used heroin in the past year and 4.3 million people currently engage in nonmedical use of pain relievers,” according to a Substance Abuse
As long as dangerous substances are available and socially acceptable, the epidemic of substance use disorders in the U.S. will continue to grow. Treatment professionals caring for patients with substance use disorders understand the tragedy of addiction and its impact on families and communities. While substance abuse treatment is effective,
There’s a new drug taking the country by storm: kratom, a tropical leaf that’s been described as a combination between opium and coffee. Kratom is currently legal in the United States and can be found in herbal shops, convenience stores and even specialized bars. Some people claim that kratom is
Physicians are our gatekeepers. They are supposed to educate us about acute and chronic diseases to keep us and our loved ones safe. They are supposed to ask us difficult questions about sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. Physicians are not there to pass judgment but rather need to know
Certain racial and ethnic groups and other rural and economically disadvantaged populations are more prone to substance abuse and to experiencing negative health consequences associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Ethnic and racial minority populations also have a greater burden of substance abuse due to their lack of access to
Dopamine and serotonin are what “make the world go ’round,” or at least in the brain of an addict. Addictive substances — from heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and even alcohol — specifically act on the addiction pathway in the brain triggering the release of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters that are
North America has the largest illicit drug problem in the world today. In fact, 80 percent of the opium produced worldwide is destined for the United States in the form of opioids. It is therefore not surprising that drug use in teenagers has become an epidemic. Underage drinking is also