a doctor explaining to a patient the effects of the opioid epidemic of 2019

Opioid Epidemic of 2019

Substance abuse disorders and addiction can lead to damaging consequences, ranging from a diminished standard of living to serious medical problems. The opioid epidemic of 2019 witnessed showed that opioid abuse continues to impact millions of Americans every year. As opioid use has increased over the past 10 years, so have an opioid addiction and…

a woman upset with her friend who is showing symptoms of codependency

Symptoms of Codependency

With nearly half of all Americans having a close friend or family member with an addiction problem, substance abuse disorders impact a considerable number of people. Codependency is an unfortunate consequence of addiction, as symptoms of codependency are relatively common among those with a loved one who struggles with a substance abuse disorder. Psychoactive substances,…

a young teen sad about the connections between social media teens and substance abuse with her friends

Social Media, Teens, and Substance Abuse

Addiction does not discriminate, meaning anyone, regardless of age, can develop a substance abuse problem. While teen drug use and abuse have slowly declined over the past decade, 5% of teens have a substance abuse problem and do not receive treatment. Overall, nearly 40% of teens have experimented with marijuana at least once, while another…

a woman waking up and experiencing the dangers of designer drugs

Dangers of Designer Drugs

More than 30 million Americans have used an illicit substance in the past month, making recreation use and abuse of drugs relatively common in the United States. Illicit drugs include a wide range of substances, such as cocaine, heroin, and designer drugs. Designer drugs are lab-created substances and although some users may think they’re safer,…