1.ADAMH hopes to foster more mental-health, addiction support after election results
Having been met with funding and staff disparities, Franklin County voters overwhelmingly approved a property tax increase by 70% to 30% vote in unofficial returns Tuesday to help fund the demand for mental-health services and addiction treatment..” (dispatch.com)
2.Sonoma County Measure O Tax To Fund Mental Health Services Appears Headed To Approval
Sonoma County’s Measure O, which will provide $25 million a year for mental health and homelessness services over ten years, appeared to be headed for voter approval, according to unofficial election returns reported Tuesday night.
3.Voters pass Measure 110, Oregon becomes 1st US state to decriminalize hard drugs
PORTLAND, Ore. – Voters passed Measure 110, our political analyst says, making Oregon the first state in the nation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of hard drugs and expanding treatment .(katu.com)
4.Mental health and substance abuse assistance offered at food distribution
5.Covid-19 is an addiction crisis – we need a better funded and integrated care service
“Sadly, I wasn’t shocked by the recent news that thousands of people in England died as a result of their drug use last year.All of my colleagues working on the frontline of addiction psychiatry regularly see people whose lives have been destroyed by their addiction, and many die young.(mentalhealthtoday.co.uk)Read More
1.BLADE hosts ‘Know the Truth’ webinar on substance abuse, mental health
The Brainerd Lakes Area Drug Education coalition partnered with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge’s Know the Truth substance abuse prevention program to host the recent webinar “A Night to Know the Truth.”. (brainerddispatch.com)
2.Graybill announces plan to address substance abuse, mental health, and criminal justice
GREAT FALLS- Democrat candidate for Attorney General, Raph Graybill, announced his plan to address substance abuse and mental health challenges in Montana, to improve public safety and support the criminal justice system.(khq.com)
3.Dr. Drew Pinsky, Mental Health And Addiction During COVID
NEW YORK, N.Y. (Valley News Live) – Dr. Drew Pinsky discusses the dramatic rise of mental health issues and addictions due to the stresses of COVID. .(valleynewslive.com)
4.UCHealth Adds Mental Health Services To Primary Care, Expands Telehealth Access
UCHealth is now incorporating behavioral health services into its primary care locations across the state.(cpr.org)
5.Maryland receives grants to combat addiction, support mental health programs for juveniles, support safety of law enforcement officers
“The addiction crisis has taken an enormous toll on America’s families and communities, eroding public health, threatening public safety and claiming tens of thousands of lives year after year,” said Attorney General William P. Barr .(nottinghammd.com)Read More
1.Addiction recovery and mental health training available in Skagway
Pandemic restrictions have had an outsized impact on Skagway’s economy. And if you ask a mental health professional, economic uncertainty can also trigger stress, anxiety, depression, and relapse. (khns.org)
2.Old Kennewick hospital eyed for mental health, addiction center
The Tri-Cities — Washington’s only metro without a detox and drug rehabilitation facility — could see a 1950s-era hospital in the heart of Kennewick renovated to meet the growing need for local services.(tricitiesbusinessnews.com)
3.FHE Health Steps up Efforts to Meet Dire Need for Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Nationwide
Nationally renowned treatment advocate Steven Miranda, who has helped thousands of Americans access care for addiction and mental health needs during his more than two decades of service, has joined the staff of FHE Health.(businesswire.com)
4.New California law should serve as a national model for mental health care reform
As our nation continues to confront the ramifications of a global pandemic, the stigma around mental health and addiction seems to be dissipating(statnews.com)
5.Calls to HELP4WV, West Virginia’s mental health & addiction helpline, rise in pandemic
September is being recorded as a record month for calls to West Virginia’s mental health and addiction helpline, HELP4WV.(wvmetronews.com)Read More
1.Ontario’s mental health and addiction leaders respond to government’s new investment
Ontario’s leading mental health organizations including Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (newswire.ca)
2.Province investing additional $176M for mental health, addiction supports during pandemic
COVID-19 doesn’t just affect those who catch the potentially deadly virus. There’s been a disturbing increase of overdose deaths in Ontario recently, and mental health can suffer under the isolation and financial strain of the pandemic.(toronto.citynews.ca)
3.Ontario adds $176 million to new mental health and addiction plan
The Ontario government is providing an additional $176 million this year to help expand access for critical mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19.(canindia.com)
4.Words matter: How to end mental health & addiction stigma by changing the conversation
Several months ago, as I stood in a checkout line at a local box store, I heard a woman behind me bemoaning how long it was taking to get done..(wnewsj.com)
5.Addiction needs to be addressed as a mental disorder, not a weakness
For decades society has portrayed addiction as a disease defined by weakness. Addicts are defined as amoral individuals who will do anything to get their next fix. (sbstatesman.com)Read More
1.In 2020, Everyone Is Struggling With Mental Health. Here’s Our Guide to Finding Peace.
Precedent says this godforsaken year can definitely get worse. But with the right tools, we can get through it, and whatever comes next.(wweek.com)
2.MHA: More mental health funding needed as suicide hotline makes big change.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – Suicide is one the leading causes of death in our country, but there’s a big effort to change that. (kake.com)
3.Help for kids’ mental health struggles during COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – Kids who get coronavirus tend to fare better physically than adults with COVID. (news4sanantonio.com)
4.Willamette Week: Keeping your mental health in check as seasons change
TPORTLAND, Ore — We’ve been through a lot this year: the pandemic, the unrest on the streets of Portland and what’s so far been a chaotic election cycle.(9news.com)
5.Portland VA: Email that sparked worry about mental health care was inaccurate
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Mental health care for veterans plays an important role in their ability to cope with experiences during their time serving, but an email sent this week (ktvz.com)Read More
1.Opiate-addicted pharmacist sentenced to prison after relatives describe his theft of pain medication from terminally ill cancer patients
Carl Mancini was accused of an elaborate scheme to steal – and conceal the theft of – powerful morphine-derivative narcotics while working in Cromwell for Option Care Health, which prepares intravenous pain management infusions for patients in home or hospice care. (www.courant.com)
2.The latest survey on global mental health software market 2020 report covering various market challenges, opportunities, size, share, growth, trends & forecast
Mental Health Software Market Trends, In-Depth Research on Market Size, Emerging Growth Factors, Global Trends and Forecasts.Overview on supply analysis covering trends across raw material suppliers, technology providers and distributors.(bulletinline.com)
3.12th annual ERF conference on mental health will offer groundbreaking keynotes
The virtual conference will offer two tracks, Mood & Anxiety and Eating Disorders, with livestream keynote presentations September 10-12 plus all sessions available for viewing through the end of the year; attendees can earn up to 35 CE/CME/CNE hours(www.globenewswire.com)
4.States Seek $26.4 Billion From Drug Companies in Opioid Litigation
Addiction experts are in wide agreement on the most effective way to help opioid addicts: Medication-assisted treatment. But most inpatient rehab facilities in the U.S. don’t offer this option. WSJ’s Jason Bellini reports on why the medication option is controversial, and in many places, hard to come by. Image: Ryno Eksteen and Thomas Williams(www.wsj.com)
5.Tucson’s rise in drug overdose deaths could be linked to pandemic
One official says the pandemic could be intensifying risk factors associated with increased drug use and overdose, including economic distress, social isolation and anxiety(www.tucson.com)Read More
1.White House Drug Czar visits El Paso
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — James Carroll, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, was on the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday where drug seizures are up for the year.(www.everythinglubbock.com)
2.Border district Fatehabad fights the tough fight against drugs amid steady trickle of heroin and tablets
The police have come to know that many consumers of heroin have themselves turned to drug peddling too so they can afford to keep buying more.(indianexpress.com)
3.Health officials report increases in drug overdoses, suicides during COVID-19 pandemic
PHOENIX – As social distancing and isolation continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many states across the country are reporting an increase in reported drug overdoses and suicides, including Arizona.(http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/)
4.Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan discusses addiction struggles on Lily Cornell’s mental health podcast
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has opened up on his struggles with addiction and anxiety in the latest episode of the mental health podcast hosted by the eldest daughter of the late Chris Cornell.(www.nme.com)
5.Associations of internet addiction severity with psychopathology, serious mental illness, and suicidality: Large-sample cross-sectional study
Via a survey among first-year undergraduates enrolled at Sichuan University in September 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, researchers examined if and how internet addiction severity is associated with adverse mental health outcomes.(www.mdlinx.com)Read More
Making the decision to enter into a Florida drug rehab is definitely not an easy one, but it is nonetheless an important decision that will end up affecting the rest of your life. Especially here at Treatment Alternatives, you will only receive the best possible care for your substance abuse addiction, and will be set up with an aftercare program that will ensure your continued sobriety throughout the rest of your life.
Perhaps part of the reason why Treatment Alternatives has such a long history of continued success when it comes to helping people get (and stay) sober is due to over three decades of providing people with care along every step of the recovery journey. Specifically, Florida provides the perfect place to focus on recovery, and to find people who need help as well. SAMHSA reported that 79,322 people were admitted to Florida drug rehab centers over the past year, with admissions into treatment centers increasing from 21% in 1992 to 46% in 2006.
Due to Florida’s location, it is no surprise that it serves as a main international drug trafficking site. In fact, Florida recently became the leading Pill Mill state in the country. Because of this, it is important to know which the most commonly abused drugs in Florida are, and what to look out for.
Some of the most commonly abused drugs in Florida include:
– Prescription drugs. Due to the “unprecedented levels of abuse” of prescription drugs, 12,756 people were admitted for opiate addiction (excluding heroin) in 2009. In fact, 777,000 citizens in Florida reported using prescription drugs for non-medical use.
– Cocaine. This is the most widely abused drug throughout the entire state, with 11,516 people admitted into Florida treatment centers in 2009 for cocaine abuse. That same year, 390,000 Floridians reported abusing cocaine. As a result, numerous people have entered into drug rehab for cocaine abuse.
– Heroin. While heroin does enter into Florida from international drug markets, it for the most part gets moved outside the state. However, that does not mean that many people still need to the help of Florida treatment centers for heroin addiction. In 2009 alone, 1,721 people entered into treatment for heroin addiction.
– Marijuana. This is also one of the most abused substances in Florida, with 24,812 Florida residents entering into a Florida drug rehab in order to get help for their problem.
If you or a loved one are in need of a quality drug rehab for prescription drug, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or any other addiction to substances.
For those who have been in recovery at you can most likely attest to the fact that your life used to revolve around using and where your next fix was going to come from. When dealing with a drug dependency for so many years, making the choice to get Florida addiction treatment and sober up can seem like one of the most terrifying decisions in the world.
While making the decision to enter into recovery may seem terrifying at first, the positive effects will soon outweigh all of the negative choices that used to take precedence in your decision making. In order to put things into perspective for you, here is a list of the top things you neglect until you choose a recovery center in Florida.
Fitness. When you were constantly dealing with hangovers and comedowns, it is easy to skip the gym. After all, substance abuse can suck out all of your motivation to be active and to take care of yourself. Until you enter into a Boca Raton drug rehab, most of your focus is on figuring out where you are going to get your next fix from. Once you get the help that you need, you will find that there is a whole world out there filled with plenty of other exciting hobbies to get wrapped up in.
Relationships. More often than not, users are unable to maintain relationships with anyone other than other users. Once you enter into recovery at a Florida drug rehab, the people that are in your life will have to change, as more positive influences will be more necessary. As a result, maintaining healthy relationships are most certainly one of the top thing you neglect until you choose recovery. Once you finally get sober, you will have plenty of time to focus on not only taking care of yourself, but for taking care of someone else.
Finance. Think about it, for those who are abusing alcohol, how much money is wasted on going out and buying booze? Or on buying silly purchases that you don’t need, but simply buy when you are not thinking clearly? Without the constant strain of having to refill your fix, then think about all of the freed-up finances that you will have. Not only that, but managing your finances will become easier than it has ever been before.
Career. For those who are in recovery at you know that substance abuse is a full time job. While some people are successful functioning alcoholics that does not mean that years of substance abuse does not eventually catch up with them. After all, who knows how many times their actions have caused them to be skipped over for a promotion? Do yourself a favor and cut out the substance abuse in order to fully focus on your career.
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Did you know that nine out of ten people with addiction began using these substances before they were 18? Or that people who began using addictive substances before the age of 15 are seven times more likely to become addicted than those who do not try drugs until they are 21 Teen Addiction
years of age or older?
While addiction has proven harmful in any regard, teen addiction can prove to have more detrimental short-term and long-term effects on the brain. Teenage brains are more susceptible to addiction and stress, as opposed to the adult brain.
Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, Bita Moghaddam, explains that this is because, “the brain region that is very critical in planning your actions and in habit formation is directly tapped by reward in adolescents, which means the reward could have a stronger influence in their decision-making…as well as forming habits in adolescents.”
This proves even more harmful, due to the fact that the brain is still developing well into your twenties; therefore, any drug abuse not only stops the teenage brain from fully developing, but also makes them more vulnerable to addiction. Moghaddam further elaborates that the adolescent brain is, “more vulnerable to what goes on around them in the environment, to things that are expected to be rewarding, and could make the brain more vulnerable to addiction. Events or things in the environment could influence your next action more strongly in adolescents than in adults.”
Common red flags for teen addiction include:
- Changes in dress or grooming
- Changes in choice of friends
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Depressed mood or talk about depression or suicide
- Frequent arguments, sudden mood changes and unexplained violent actions
- Loss of interest in usual activities or hobbies
- Obvious intoxication, dizziness or other bizarre behavior
- Runaway or delinquent behavior
- School problems such as falling grades, poor attendance and recent discipline problems
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Trauma or frequent injuries
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