Men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs, reported the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2014, and illicit drug use is more likely to result in emergency department visits or overdose deaths for men than for women.
The link between exposure to trauma and substance abuse disorders has been well established. “Traumatic life experience, such as physical and sexual abuse, as well as neglect, occurs at alarmingly high rates and is considered a major public health problem in the United States,” wrote Lamya Khoury et. al.
After 2500 years, Western medicine and mainstream psychology have finally discovered and adopted the ancient practices of meditation and the value of mindfulness, which is often defined as the psychological process
As far back as I can remember, I have been searching for something, yet never able to identify the source. That is, until I decided to embark on the path of recovery. In my disease, I both dabbled and delved into drugs and alcohol in this unnamed search. There were a few years in which I felt I had found my answer in substances, only to end up disappointed and more broken each time.
The holiday season is supposed to be a time filled with love and laughs shared with family and friends. For many people suffering from the disease of addiction, this can be a very stressful and difficult time. This was the case for me.
Throughout my own personal recovery process, I’ve completed multiple treatment episodes at both short-term and longer-term facilities. I’ve experienced the short-term “spin dry” treatment method a couple times where my transition back into the stream of life was an abrupt and difficult process.
A great deal of media attention has been focused on the escalating opioid epidemic in America. More than 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015 and that number is likely to be even higher for 2016, but the statistics also make clear that alcohol kills even more people in the United States.