Treatment for Opioid Addiction

People have become addicted to opioids for centuries, however, opioid use has escalated since 2000 with the development and marketing of powerful painkillers that are highly addictive and carry an enormous risk of overdose. Opioid addiction has become a serious global problem, with opioid epidemics occurring in the United States and other parts of the world. Prescription …

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America’s Staggering Opioid Epidemic

America’s opioid epidemic is the worst in the industrialized world, killing nearly as many people as car crashes every year. Over the past two decades, thousands of people died from unintentionally overdosing on prescription or illicit painkillers, and millions more became dependent on them. As a result, public health and medical officials from communities and governmental entities across …

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Why Mental Health Disorders Co-Exist With Substance Use

The numbers do not lie. Mental illness and addiction often overlap. In fact, nearly 9 million people have a co-occurring disorder according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Yet, only 7 percent of these individuals get treatment for both conditions. And nearly 60 percent receive no treatment at all. Understanding Comorbidity Comorbidity refers to the fact that two conditions, such …

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