Every day, more than 140 people in the U.S. die from an opioid overdose. This means that every three weeks, America suffers a death toll equal to that caused by September 11th. The U.S. remains in the midst of a serious opioid epidemic that continues to worsen every year, and that caused over 59,000 deaths …
Painkillers, or opioids, are commonly prescribed for short-term use to treat moderate to severe pain such as that caused by injury and surgery. Painkillers have been used to treat pain since the early 20th century, but became more widely used during the 1990s when oxycodone was released under the brand name OxyContin. Today, more than …
Older adults are vulnerable to substance abuse and addiction for a number of reasons. Learn more about this issue and how to get help.
Addiction is a family disease affecting not just the individual with a substance use disorder, but the entire family. When someone in your family is addicted and in denial, there are roles that family members assume, which contribute to the problem. This phenomenon is a natural reaction to the chaos and pain that addiction creates—family …
Here you will learn about the substances commonly labeled as “gateway drugs” and the validity of this claim.
Overcoming addiction is a journey that is often unique to each person, however, there are some common principles that help to define a successful recovery.
Recent studies have shown a strong connection between mental health disorders and substance abuse. Learn more about the relationship between depression and addiction, and how to find treatment help.
Up to 14% of U.S. doctors are addicted to drugs or alcohol. There are a number of factors that contribute to this statistic, and the stigma surrounding the issue only works to fuel the epidemic.
Many drug and alcohol addicts are able to function normally at work and in society, at least for a while. Here are some signs you or someone you know is a high functioning addict.
Xanax was developed to treat anxiety disorders, and is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs on the market today. Unfortunately, though effective, taking this medication poses a high risk for addiction.