Data is a valuable asset, but it doesn’t necessarily give a complete picture of the national drug epidemic. Every year, SAMHSA releases its annual National Survey On Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The study tracks substance use, mental health issues, and negative health outcomes in the populations it surveys. However, an Oregon advocacy group is suggesting that we need to be tracking more than just overdoses. NSDUH has …
My son Jaron was a person with substance use disorder and now he is an angel. I will not let his addiction define him! He was so much more. He was a brother, an uncle, nephew, cousin, best friend, and son! He was my only son. My baby, my Scooby. Jaron was like a shooting star that burned out too fast. He could walk …
It never heals. For some of us, it grows larger, causes even more pain and despair, and wakes us in the middle of the night more often than before – if that is humanly possible. Losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to any parent; a piece of us dies when our child dies. And while the death of every child is soul-crushing to …
Healthcare providers face new challenges in improving medical care for people with substance use disorder. This can be as simple as prescribing certain medications to people in recovery from opioid use disorder and ensuring continuity of care for someone exiting treatment. As more people seek help, it’s clear that we need a coordinated, integrated approaches to care to help patients succeed. Yet, at the same time, compromising confidentiality might put people at risk.
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12 Steps? Get SMART? Try hanging 10. Using a surfboard, the waves, and recovery support, surf therapy is helping people with substance use disorder find their balance. According to Surfer Today, addiction therapists found that surf therapy, which is also known as ocean therapy, can help treat substance abuse disorders and other, co-existing disorders linked with addiction. Carly Rogers, an occupational therapist, studied …
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Americans agree that the drug epidemic is a serious problem. Addiction is likely to be a top issue in the upcoming midterm elections. The crisis is expected to affect the midterms race by race and candidate by candidate, rather than along party lines. According to a recent poll, substance use disorder is important to people of many political affiliations, from vastly different backgrounds. Although the national health crisis …
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My name is Sue Martin and I am a person in sustained recovery. I was quietly sober until my son needed treatment for addiction. (Yes, it is a family disease). My son was denied treatment. As a willing patient, he was turned away. That ended my quiet anonymity. I joined an advocacy group, Recovery Advocacy In Saratoga (RAIS), and found my voice. I have joined with …
The FDA approved a wearable device that blocks the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The Drug Relief device, which is manufactured by DyAnsys Inc., is an “auricular neurostimulation device” that can be prescribed to people in the detox phase of withdrawal. Drug Relief works without narcotics or any medication. It is a small, metal device that clips onto the skin near a person’s ear, …
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Prescription painkillers are highly addictive, even when they’re taken as prescribed. Yet, for people who are recovering from surgery, painkillers are not optional: they’re necessary. Up to seven percent of all patients who were prescribed such painkillers following surgery develop a persistent habit. A recent review in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggests that addiction rates can be reduced for post-op patients. Michael Klueh …
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Addiction’s National Profile

A new Pew Research Center survey shows that Americans overwhelmingly view drug addiction as a problem in their local communities. That’s true whether they live in urban, suburban, or rural areas. The survey data was gathered from 6,251 adults and conducted earlier this year, between February 26 and March 11. Substance use disorder, especially opioid use, has drawn widespread media attention. Advocates’ efforts …
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