With nearly 8.2 million people suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, dual diagnosis is emerging as a common health threat in the United States. It can affect anyone, irrespective of their race, gender and social status. In recent months, many celebrities have come forward to reveal about their mental and substance use disorders. Now, American television personality Kristin Cavallari disclosed that her brother Michael, who died of hypothermia after a car crash in 2015, had substance use disorder (SUD). Read more
Don’t Settle For a Life of Mental Illness and Addiction
Cannabidiol or CBD, one of the most active components in medical marijuana, is a chemical compound found naturally in many species of the cannabis plant. Its medicinal properties have intrigued people for a long time and has been used for centuries as a supplement to induce sleep, reduce pain and relieve anxiety. Now, Endo-C, a Springville-based research company, has started a study on CBD’s effects on pain and anxiety.
Drug addiction has affected the lives of scores of families across the United States. Many users, who have taken steps to turn things around and recover from addiction, struggle on a daily basis just to stay clean. If it is tough for them, it is heart-breaking for their family members too, who have to watch them suffer and keep hoping to make a difference. The situation is even worse in families where adolescents fall into the trap of drug addiction. Read more
Opioids are generally prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. They include drugs like oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine and fentanyl, as well as illicit substances like heroin. These medications trigger a range of pleasurable effects by stimulating certain regions of the brain involved with the reward system.
Unfortunately, opioids work on patients by masking the pain and not by eradicating the problem from the root. Though they may succeed in temporarily uplifting a person’s mood, they increase the risk of developing depression. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in a 2016 survey, an estimated 11.8 million people misused opioids in the past year, with approximately 2.1 million people suffering from an opioid use disorder (OUD). Read more
Cocaine is a highly addictive psychostimulant drug extracted from the leaves of coca plant. Listed as a Schedule II drug in the United States, it has a high potential for abuse. As such, the medical usage of cocaine is almost nonexistent and it is a mere recreational drug that surpasses its medical usage. Its only known medicinal usage is as a topical anaesthetic.
Cocaine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that speeds up respiration, blood pressure and heart rate. It also raises energy, alertness, wakefulness, focus and attention while suppressing appetite. Due to its ability to increase energy and confidence, it is a popular party drug at social events. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report, an estimated 1.9 million people aged 12 and above are the current users of this illicit drug in the U.S. Read more