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
Gina, 22, a cheerful and dedicated worker, had recently joined her first job. But three months later, she started distancing herself from every one and became dull and impassive. As days passed by, Gina’s physical appearance also changed and she became frail. Then one day, she did not show up at work and later that day, her colleagues got to know that she had been stabbed by her former lover. Read more
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
Addiction to substances like alcohol or drugs was largely seen as a moral failing or character flaw. However, with numerous breakthroughs in scientific research, people have started to view substance use disorders (SUDs) as chronic diseases characterized by a significant deterioration in health and social function and loss of voluntary control over substance use. Read more