Lifespan trauma and substance abuse

The need for addiction treatment is not only perceived by people who developed addiction in adulthood. For many, the risk of addiction arises much earlier, as substance abuse can already be a problem in adolescence and adulthood. The introduction of drugs at any age can eventually lead to substance use and develop into an addiction. …

Cannabis and pregnancy do not go together

New information shows a direct link between negative health outcomes in newborns and mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy. But even as this information is making its way into the mainstream, other research suggests that more women use cannabis during pregnancy than in recent years. To ensure health and well-being for babies and their mothers, …

New study shows lockdowns related to binge drinking

A recent study predicted how much binge drinking increases for each additional week people have been locked down. The data suggested that while lockdown can be beneficial for public health outcomes, it also poses behavioral health risks. Public health locks are mandatory health measures that are put in place in a county, city, state, or …

My darling has an overdose … now what ?!

Overdose, it’s a scary word that nobody likes to consider passing to someone they love. For millions of people living with addiction themselves or loving someone with an addiction, this is a constant and legitimate fear, especially with so many people across the country overdosing on drugs. Far too many people die from drug overdoses. …

Isolation can lead to an increase in opioid deaths

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the number of deaths from opioid overdoses in Chicago, Illinois increased during a Covid-19 lockdown in March, April and May 2020. The deeper problem behind the story is that prolonged periods of isolation can lead to an increase in addict overdose deaths. …

Overdoses are on the rise and it’s not just opioids anymore

With the exception of 2018, the death toll from drug overdoses was higher each year than last year. This trend has continued since the turn of the century. Now the overdose crisis isn’t just being fueled by opioid drugs. Cocaine and meth overdoses have risen sharply lately. Many of these overdoses have been fatal. Today …