Overcoming the Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

The Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

Thousands of lives are lost each year due to overdose and other medical complications stemming from untreated substance use disorders. For generations, substance use disorders have been shrouded in misconceptions that have kept countless people from seeking help. A strong stigma remains associated with substance abuse, resulting in feelings of personal shame for the afflicted…

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2022

International Overdose Awareness Day

Established in 2001, International Overdose Awareness Day is a global campaign which looks to raise awareness surrounding overdose risk, commemorate those lost to overdose without stigma, and recognize the grief of those who have lost someone to overdose1.   International Overdose Awareness Day is recognized on August 31st each year and is currently coordinated by the…

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Warning Signs of Crystal Meth Use

Warning Signs of Crystal Meth Use

Crystal Methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, is a highly addictive, illicit drug linked to significant health risks. It is estimated that approximately 1.6 million adults have used crystal meth in the past year, with about 52.9% of those individuals meeting criteria for a methamphetamine use disorder1. What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive…

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5 Signs a Loved One is Struggling with a Substance Use Disorder

5 Signs Your Loved One is Struggling with a Substance Use Disorder

When you’re worried about your loved one’s substance use, it can be difficult to tell just how severe the problem is. Those with a substance use disorder often try to downplay or hide their symptoms.  Trying to determine what kind of support to offer can also be challenging.  While it is not always easy to help the…

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Alcohol Use Disorder: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Alcohol Use Disorder: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Like other substance use disorders, alcoholism – also called alcohol use disorder (AUD) – impacts the pleasure centers of the brain. This means that when you regularly use alcohol, the brain begins to associate consuming alcohol with feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and lowered inhibitions.  Over time this can result in cravings and, in some cases…

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The Real Impact of Excessive Alcohol Use

The Real Impact of Excessive Alcohol Use

It’s no secret that alcohol is treated differently than other addictive substances. Alcohol has remained heavily associated with celebrations and relaxation in the lives of many adults, with excessive alcohol consumption being condoned under the ‘right’ circumstances. Due to the prevalence of alcohol use, its inherent risks are often overlooked or ignored. Despite alcohol’s availability…

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Substance Use in the Workplace

Approximately 60% of people struggling with a substance use disorder are currently employed1.  Employees who report to work under the influence, hungover, or going through withdrawal can be responsible for a loss of productivity, decline in employee morale, and are more likely to be involved in workplace accidents.  Additionally, employers are assuming a significant portion…

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