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.

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.

Latest Idea In The Battle Against Opioid Addiction: A ‘Soup To Nuts’ Recovery Campus

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.

In Texas, People With Mental Illness Are Finding Work Helping Peers

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.

How Cyberbullying and Twitter Attacks Can Wreck Your Mental Health

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

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.

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