marijuana – For years, Brian avoided seeking help for his depression and anxiety because he was afraid a doctor would either insist that he quit smoking pot or would refuse to treat him entirely. The idea of having to choose between medical treatment that he was unsure would work and the pot that he knew Read more
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.
Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says. Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
I spend countless hours training others on the vital need to begin making these vital lifesaving connections about trauma, victimization and addiction. I watch as light bulbs go off in the minds of victim advocates, drug and alcohol professionals and others working in both disciplines, unfortunately, they are rarely if ever in the same room receiving Read more
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.
Barriers to insurance coverage for substance-use disorder treatment remain, in part because they are hard to identify—for both consumers and regulators, according to a recent analysis of seven major health plans offered in 2015 and 2016 in New York and Maryland.
After the ravages of withdrawal, some will rely on willpower and a 12-step program to help them stay away from heroin. Others will move on to a residential or outpatient program where they’ll get counseling and medication to help curb cravings. When there are gaps between any of these stages, patients often relapse.
Federal funds will be used to expand treatment and recovery services for opioid use disorders; provide training on substance abuse prevention, opioid overdose and drug misuse; and expand outreach screening and referral efforts for mental health agencies.
Among the most devastating consequences of this crisis has been the thousands of children who lose their parents to addiction every day. These children have flooded the foster care system, and their cases have exhausted social services.
Recovery coaches and peer mentors have for decades helped people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Now, peer support for people who have serious mental illness is becoming more common, too. Particularly in places like Texas, where mental health professionals are in short supply, paid peer counselors are filling a gap.
Mental Health First Aid gives participants an overview of various mental illnesses and explains the overlap between mental illness and substance abuse. In addition to the general course, other modules have been developed to provide extra training on interacting with college students, veterans and senior citizens.
The chronic illness of depression, Peter Evers CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health said, is associated with chronic physical illnesses such as diabetes, which can cause severe pain.
Those sorts of Twitter sprees have become a regular tactic Trump employs against those he feels have wronged him. But they’re also the kind of cyberbullying that can wreak havoc on mental health, especially among young Americans—ironic considering that First Lady Melania Trump has expressed a desire to combat cyberbullying while still defending her husband, Read more
Texans with substance use disorders who work with a peer recovery coach for a minimum of 12 months remain abstinent or reduce their substance use, improve their housing and employment status and reduce their overall use of health care services, according to a new report from social work researchers at The University of Texas at Read more
One major part of fixing the opioid crisis is providing affordable mental health care coverage. The BCRA fails at this. If the plan goes into law, it could very well make the opioid crisis in this country substantially worse.
Researchers found that nearly 19 percent of the estimated 38.6 million people with anxiety and depression received at least two prescriptions for opioids during a year. And more than half the prescriptions for the powerful, highly addictive painkillers went to individuals in that group, the researchers asserted.
What we all have to realize is that even though one works as hard as possible to live, sometimes, people lose. Sometimes people lose their fight against cancer and sometimes people lose their fight against mental illness and addiction.
Senate Health Care Bill Could Drive Up Coverage Costs for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment
The Health Care Bill includes a proposal that would allow states to waive federal requirements that insurers provide coverage that includes core health care services, known as essential health benefits (EHBs). Instead, states could allow insurers to exclude certain benefits from their coverage.
By cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for mental health care and substance abuse treatment, the budget would also send more people to jail who don’t belong there.
Health advocates on Friday used the first meeting of President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis to criticize a bill that would slash future Medicaid spending and deregulate the health insurance market, arguing that the legislation would undermine whatever progress the panel could make.
The Sandra Bland Act mandates county jails divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment, makes it easier for defendants to receive a personal bond if they have a mental illness or intellectual disability, and requires that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths.
Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, whose “My Age of Anxiety” helped kick off the anxiety memoir boom three years ago, urged people to pause, not for deep cleansing breaths, but for historical perspective. “Every generation believes itself to be the most anxious age ever,” Mr. Stossel said.
Recently, in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Ali Mokdad and colleagues published a county-level analysis of population and mortality data over the past 35 years. What they found is both remarkable and alarming: What county you live may determine how long you’ll live.
For the past decade, Eric has been in and out of hospitals, treatment centers and jails. Incarceration, his mother Patty says, made him distrust law enforcement.
People with depression show abnormalities in the body’s release of its own, endogenous, opioid chemicals. Depression tends to exacerbate pain—it makes chronic pain last longer and hurts the recovery process after surgery.
Adolescents are among the biggest group of people at risk in the United States for disease, substance abuse, relationship violence and mental health conditions. However, a number of these problems can be easily prevented ––and if they have already begun to occur –– easily treated.
A report issued last month by the National Council for Behavioral Health, which represents nearly 3,000 mental health and addiction treatment organizations, showed that there’s a shortage of psychiatrists in the U.S.