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Pain Awareness Month in September

pain awareness month

September is recognized as Pain Awareness Month to better educate those who deal with pain on a regular basis. Sadly, over 14 million people worldwide live in perpetual pain. In the United States, the CDC estimates that about 20.4% of adults live with constant chronic pain. That is a lot of people who live in … Read more

Overdose Awareness Day – Famous People Who Overdosed

Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is recognized every year on August 31, to bring attention to this global issue. Although the public only hears about famous people who overdosed, it can happen to anyone. Death due to overdose has been on the rise in the United States, and from 2016 to 2017, the number of overdose … Read more

Anhedonia Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Anhedonia Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Anhedonia causes and symptoms are closely tied to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as a number of mental health conditions. Most people understand the meaning of anhedonia and what it represents, even if they aren’t familiar with the word itself. The condition impacts the lives of many people who are affected by depression, substance … Read more

Kratom Withdrawal, Addiction, and Side Effects

Kratom Addiction and Side Effects

Kratom is a psychotropic herbal extract from the leaves of a tropical tree in Southeast Asia. Kratom withdrawal, addiction, and side effects have been a controversial topic for years, and it has recently gained new media attention. Marketed as an herbal supplement, the first kratom wrongful death lawsuit awarded a multi-million dollar verdict in Washington … Read more

Agonist vs Antagonist Drugs for Addiction Treatment

Agonist vs Antagonist Drugs

It’s important to understand the difference between agonist vs antagonist drugs used as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program. Addiction and overdose deaths present a unique health challenge to society. One-size fits all treatment approaches are not effective, so recovery methods must be customized for each person’s particular needs and type of substance use. … Read more

Difference Between a PHP Program and IOP Treatment

Difference Between PHP Program and IOP Treatment

A PHP Program and IOP Treatment are two of the most effective ways for people seeking treatment for substance use addiction and mental health issues to continue recovery and prevent a relapse. There are several levels of care for substance use addiction and mental health treatment. These include full-time residential inpatient services and outpatient services … Read more

Polypharmacy in the Elderly, Statistics and Prevention

Polypharmacy in the Elderly

The literal Polypharmacy definition is “many medications.” Most healthcare providers consider polypharmacy in the elderly to include patients who are 65-years of age or older that are taking five or more medications on a daily basis. While taking five or more medications every day may be unavoidable for some people, it’s important to understand polypharmacy … Read more

How to Go to Rehab and Keep Your Job

How to Go to Rehab and Keep Your Job

Fear of getting fired at work is a common concern for people considering addiction treatment, so it’s important to understand how to go to rehab and keep your job. Just because a person struggles with addiction, it doesn’t mean that he or she is not part of the workforce. The fact is, one in 10 … Read more

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 22, 2023. The next Drug Take Back Day will be Saturday, October 28, 2023. Even though most people consider prescription medications to be safe, the misuse of prescription drugs has become a serious public health problem in America. According to a 2017 National Survey on Drug Use … Read more