With so many approaches to tackling the problem of addiction in teens and adults, finding the most appropriate modality can be challenging. Psychodrama for addiction might not sound like a serious approach to the issue, because there is a temptation to dismiss it as “play-acting.” However, for teens in particular, the methods employed in psychodrama…Details
If you’re a Tennessee resident, you may be interested to know the prescription drug abuse statistics for your area. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in the United States, but every state, county and neighborhood deals with varying degrees of the problem. Here’s what you need to know about prescription drug abuse statistics in…Details
In 2015, an estimated 119 million Americans were prescribed some form of psychotherapeutic drug, such as an antidepressant, stimulant, painkiller or tranquilizer. Of this population, 16 million reported abusing prescription painkillers alone. Since 2000, the death rates attributed to opioid overdoses have quadrupled. It is imperative that research and development of non-narcotic pain medication progress…Details
Compared to recent generations, teenagers today are increasingly less likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or abuse several kinds of drugs and medications. Still, teens all across the country continue to develop serious substance problems, up to and including addiction. For a number of reasons, substance treatment facilities must find ways to tailor their programs…Details
Talking with teens can be tricky at best. If they perceive judgment, they’ll shut down faster than you can say “Snapchat.” Using an interview technique called motivational interviewing, professionals and family members can find ways to talk with teens, even about difficult subjects — including addiction — without triggering the shut-down response.
In 2015, the misuse of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs was second only to marijuana as the most prevalent illicit drug use problem in the U.S. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), prescription psychotherapeutics include painkillers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives. But what are the most abused prescription drugs?
The decision to get help for drug and alcohol addiction is the first and often the hardest step on the road to recovery. The next decision that has to be made is whether to get help from inpatient or outpatient rehab centers. Both types of rehab centers are available locally, and both have advantages and…Details
Your partner or family member has finally gotten into treatment for substance abuse issues — congratulations! Right about now you must be wondering why you keep hearing about codependent behaviors. Isn’t your partner’s use of alcohol or drugs the issue here?
A small but significant number of American teenagers use the illegal stimulant drug cocaine at least once a year. Unfortunately, exposure to cocaine (or any other drug) at this age can disrupt the natural course of brain growth and development. One of the potential consequences of this altered brain function is an increased chance of…Details
Co-occurring disorders is a term used to describe cases of diagnosable substance problems that overlap with separate diagnosable mental illnesses. Researchers sometimes use the term “dual diagnosis” to describe these overlapping issues. Unfortunately, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community have significantly increased chances of experiencing co-occurring disorders. This is true,…Details