The Rise of Opioid Use Across the United States

The chronic nature of opioid relapse, and a reluctance of many addicts to seek help, means a new, comprehensive approach to treatment is needed. Researchers often say an opiate addict’s best chance at long-term recovery includes medication-assisted therapies, such as methadone or buprenorphine as well as psychological treatment.

Opioid Addiction Epidemic: Most Users Are Not Getting Help, But Long-Term Recovery Is Their Best Hope

Fewer people are using painkillers these days for nonmedical reasons, and that’s good news.1 But many of those who have already gone down that road have developed serious dependency problems. Some are now abusing heroin and even dying from overdose, new studies show.1 The chronic nature of opioid relapse, and a reluctance of many addicts […]

Have We Lost the Ability to Feel?

Have feelings become something to avoid? Have we become a society where it’s socially unacceptable to show emotions? For women especially, emotions can be viewed negatively. In the workplace, for instance, women worry about being seen as sensitive, emotional or high-strung (words almost never applied to men, by the way). Crying at the office can […]

Prescription Drug Abuse: An Ever-growing Problem

The stats on prescription painkiller abuse in the US are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), each day, 46 people die from an overdose of prescription painkillers just in the US. Meanwhile, unintentional overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers have quadrupled since 1999, outnumbering those involving heroin and cocaine by […]

Do ‘Study Drugs’ Work?

When kids are diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – as they are in increasing numbers every year – they are often given medication to help them manage the symptoms. In childhood, these medications serve to help patients gain control of their impulses, slowing down long enough to be able to focus in […]