Drugs & Alcohol

Drugs & Alcohol

In 2014, approximately 22.5 million Americans aged 12 and older self-reported needing treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year. Prevention of substance abuse is a key factor in public mental health. Research shows that of those adults with any mental illness, 18.2% had a substance use disorder, while those adults with no mental illness only had a 6.3% rate of substance use disorder in the past year. The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council notes that cost-benefit ratios for early treatment and prevention programs for addictions and mental illness programs range from 1:2 to 1:10. This means a $1 investment yields $2 to $10 savings in health costs, criminal and juvenile justice costs, educational costs, and lost productivity.

FDA approves first app to treat substance use disorder

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced that it has approved the first mobile app to help treat individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). The app, known as Reset, uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and is intended to be used in combination with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant SUDs.

Nonprofit First In US To Pilot Preventative Mental Health Program

The evidence-based program screens adolescents for personality traits, which can indicate higher risk for substance abuse or a mental disorder. University of Montreal PhD Candidate Jean-Francois G. Morin, who is working to train Overdose Lifeline, says kids are then placed into five categories and invited to participate in discussion groups.

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