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Breaking Down Drug and Alcohol Myths

There are many myths and misconceptions that surround drugs, alcohol, and addiction. These issues can enhance the stigmas that exist and make people more hesitant to seek treatment. In addition, this misinformation can actually increase the risk of addiction because people are not properly educated about the dangers of drugs or alcohol. January 23-29, 2017

Social Work Month 2013: Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy

March is Social Work Month. This year’s theme is Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work” which emphasizes the value of using personal strengths and self-advocacy to manage serious life challenges. In honor of social work month, we’re sharing a neat infographic that gives you information about what social work really is and

Children of Alcoholics Week: More Than 10% of US Children Live With a Parent with an Alcohol Use Disorder

At the end of Children of Alcoholics Week, a new government report was released that showed 10.5%, or 7.5 million, children under the age of 18 live with a parent who has experienced an alcohol use disorder (i.e., alcohol dependence or abuse) in the past year. The report looked at data from the Substance Abuse

Binge Drinking May Be A Bigger Problem Than We Think

New research shows us that the act of binge drinking is more prevalent than initially thought. First, let’s define binge drinking for men and women. For men, binge drinking means drinking 5 or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time. For women, binge drinking means 4 or more drinks within a short period

New Studies Support the Need for Gender-Specific Treatment Programs

A recent article from the Scientific American discusses some very good reasons for gender-specific substance abuse treatment programs. The article talks about studies that have been conducted and illustrate the differences between men and women when it comes to alcohol, its effects and treatment. Among the findings that various studies have revealed: The difference in

Gender Differences in Prescribing Medication for Mental Health

A new report from Medco Health Solutions, a pharmacy benefit manager, illustrates the gender differences that exist when it comes to prescribing medications for mental health conditions. The report compares the utilization of antidepressants, antipsychotics, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs and anti-anxiety treatments from 2001 to 2010 amongst 2.5 million insured Americans. The analysis showed

Another Growing Epidemic: Newborns Addicted to Painkillers

USA Today is reporting that the number of babies born addicted to prescription drug painkillers is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified America’s fast-growing problem of prescription drug abuse an epidemic. This problem is also affecting our newborn babies, as women abuse powerful narcotics, such as OxyContin and

ASAM Defines Addiction as a Brain Disease

On Monday, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) announced its official “long definition” of addiction. This new definition is notable because addiction is now defined as a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavioral issue. In fact, the new definition doesn’t have anything to do with the substance being used or the frequency