In The News: Program Launched to Treat Pregnant Substance Abuse Users

New England Health care providers and University of New Hampshire experts are currently teaming up to offer support and education in rural areas for pregnant women with substance abuse disorders. Health care providers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will get access to behavioral health experts through a telehealth system. Together, they will work to [...]

By | March 20th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on In The News: Program Launched to Treat Pregnant Substance Abuse Users

Insomnia and Alcohol Recovery

Sleep disturbance is common among patients in recovery from alcohol addiction. A population-based study was conducted in which 18% of alcohol-dependent persons reported sleep disturbance. Another study of 74 patients that were followed for an average of 5 months after alcohol treatment found that insomnia was a major predictor of relapse. It revealed that 60% [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Insomnia and Alcohol Recovery

Advantages of Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment

Group Therapy is defined as any type of therapy aimed at creating symptom reduction and recovery in two or more people. It can be as effective as individual therapy, and in some cases even more effective than individual therapy. One advantage of this form of therapy is that it enables people who abuse substances to [...]

By | February 19th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Advantages of Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment

How Substance Abuse Affects the Family

When one member of a family experiences an addiction, it is common that all members of the family will be affected. The sometimes devastating effects can cause weak attachment bonds between parent and child due to emotional distance from the parent, financial difficulties for the family in some cases, as well as a parent being [...]

By | February 13th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on How Substance Abuse Affects the Family

Substance Abuse and Homelessness

In many situations, substance abuse can begin as a result of homelessness or can also be a cause of homelessness.  Sometimes, addictive disorders can cause people to lose their jobs or send their relationships with family and friends into a downward spiral. Housing can also be lost if people begin abusing substances or if their [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Substance Abuse and Homelessness

In The News: A Community Pulls Together

The citizens of Carbon County, Utah have come together in an effort to fight against opioid addiction. According to state health department data, Carbon County has the highest rate of prescription overdose deaths in Utah. Many in the community know at least one person affected by this tragedy--for example, the Carbon County sheriff Jeff Wood [...]

By | February 1st, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on In The News: A Community Pulls Together

Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic Cannabinoids, also known as "synthetic marijuana" are manmade chemicals that are both mind altering and falsely marketed as safe and legal alternatives to marijuana. According to the National Institutes of Health, although they act on the same brain cell receptors as THC (the ingredient in marijuana), some of them bind more strongly and produce [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Gender Differences in Substance Use

During all the phases of drug abuse--initiation, escalation of use, addiction, and relapse, there are sex differences. According to the National Institutes of Health, research has shown that women often use and respond to drugs differently. Women begin regularly using licit and illicit drugs at lower doses than do males. While women are just as [...]

By | December 7th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Gender Differences in Substance Use

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can range from unhealthy drinking habits, to drinking every day, or binge drinking. When one abuses alcohol, they continue to drink even though it may be causing problems in their life. In one's social life, alcohol abuse can cause issues within the family, employment issues, legal problems such as driving while intoxicated, violence, [...]

By | November 27th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Effects of Alcohol Abuse

A New Type of Pain Killer

James Zadina, a researcher at the Tulane School of Medicine, is working on creating a pain killer that will reduce pain, but at the same time--not get patients addicted to it. In August of 2015, Zadina and his team published a study in Neuropharmacology where he reported that they treated pain in rats without causing [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on A New Type of Pain Killer

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