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THIS IS WHAT PREDICTS CHRONIC OPIOID USE, ACCORDING TO A WVU STUDY

Four factors can predict the likelihood of chronic opioid use, according to research from West Virginia University.

The study, led by Nilanjana Dwibedi, assistant professor in the WVU School of Pharmacy, is the first of its kind to investigate the risk of developing chronic opioid use among patients with noncancer pain. Chronic opioid use refers to […]

THIS IS WHAT PREDICTS CHRONIC OPIOID USE, ACCORDING TO A WVU STUDY2019-07-17T16:00:07+00:00

HOW DOES PARENTAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECT CHILDREN?

As children, we look to our parents and caregivers for unconditional support from the time we are infants through adulthood. But some parents can’t provide that support because they’re dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction.

In fact, it’s estimated that 25% of children under 18 are exposed to alcohol abuse or dependence within […]

HOW DOES PARENTAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECT CHILDREN?2019-07-17T16:00:16+00:00

PROMISING RESEARCH COULD CHANGE THE WAY WE TREAT BINGE EATING AND OBESITY

New research published in Addiction Biology could explain the mechanism behind binge eating, which is closely linked to obesity.

Obesity is a growing global epidemic, and many developed countries, such as the United States, offer “obesogenic environments” that are conducive to unhealthy habits like binge eating. These environments are defined […]

PROMISING RESEARCH COULD CHANGE THE WAY WE TREAT BINGE EATING AND OBESITY2019-07-17T16:00:27+00:00

5 DO’S AND DON’T OF TALKING TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION

If you suspect your loved one has a substance use problem and is in denial about it, bringing up the topic can feel awkward or even frightening. Defensiveness is the default response to such conversations for many people who have a substance use disorder or addiction, and any concerns or feedback you express are usually […]

5 DO’S AND DON’T OF TALKING TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION2019-07-17T16:00:36+00:00

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN YOUR LOVED ONE’S TREATMENT

The impact of substance abuse is varied and complicated. Family dynamics often contribute to and feed into the disease of addiction, which is why addiction is often called a “family disease”–and why it’s so important for the entire family to engage in treatment.

Whether your loved one is new to treatment or has been through multiple […]

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN YOUR LOVED ONE’S TREATMENT2019-07-17T16:01:44+00:00

EXPERTS CRITICAL OF CONGRESS’ RESPONSE TO OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Congress is at work on next phase of its response to the opioid epidemic, but according to experts, their response is failing to deliver compared to the scope of the crisis, especially when it comes to funding for treatment.

Experts say that states need more money over a longer period of time and that most of […]

EXPERTS CRITICAL OF CONGRESS’ RESPONSE TO OPIOID EPIDEMIC2019-07-17T16:01:54+00:00

5 SUBSTANCE-FREE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS & ANXIETY

Stress is inevitable. It might be something you deal with infrequently or seemingly all the time, but it’s how you respond to stress that can have a huge impact on your health and happiness. For example, self-medicating stress with drugs or alcohol is unhealthy and can lead to mental health issues and addiction. You’re much […]

5 SUBSTANCE-FREE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS & ANXIETY2019-07-17T16:02:03+00:00

Opioid Deaths Related to Synthetic Heroin Are Climbing

While the number of opioid prescriptions and opioid overdose deaths has fallen, fatalities from heroin and black-market synthetic heroin and opioids are on the rise, according to research from the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank based in Washington, D.C.

After growing at a 14.3% annual rate between 1999 and 2010, the number […]

Opioid Deaths Related to Synthetic Heroin Are Climbing2019-02-21T17:26:05+00:00

6 PERSONALITY TRAITS COMMONLY LINKED TO ADDICTION

The term “addictive personality” is often used flippantly, and it implies that a person may be predisposed to substance use disorder based on their personality type. But it’s not that simple. There isn’t one single personality type that automatically indicates a potential for addiction. There are, however, a few distinct personality traits that are common […]

6 PERSONALITY TRAITS COMMONLY LINKED TO ADDICTION2019-07-17T16:02:11+00:00

DEPRESSION TREATMENT IMPROVES OPIOID RECOVERY OUTCOMES

A recent study suggests that depression is a side effect of chronic opioid use, and adequate treatment of depression improves recovery outcomes.

According to the study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, when patients adhered to a prescribed antidepressant and stopped using opioids, their depression symptoms subsided much more rapidly than patients […]

DEPRESSION TREATMENT IMPROVES OPIOID RECOVERY OUTCOMES2019-07-17T16:02:18+00:00

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