The Growing Problem of Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is the "fastest growing" form of drug abuse in the United States, particularly among teens. You can do your part by participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day tomorrow, April 30th, and safely disposing of unused prescription medications.

Uncovering Hidden Addictions

"Hidden Addictions" do occur and can be quite challenging for family members and loved ones. No one ever thinks that they will become addicted or that it will happen to someone in their family, but it does. While alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic medical illness of the brain, the good news is that it is treatable. However, it can't get treated until it gets recognized. Here we will discuss common signs of addiction and how best to address a potential issue.

Pharmacological Treatments of Addiction

In spite of the longstanding national focus on drug addiction, alcoholism is still the most serious substance abuse problem in the U.S., and is the nation's third leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer. There is a significant need for acute medical interventions that can initiate and maintain alcohol abstinence. Neuroscience has begun to focus more on understanding the brain in addiction and, as a result, more new medications to help treat alcoholism have been developed in recent years.   

Approaching Addiction as a Chronic Brain Disease

Alcoholism is the third leading cause of death in the US today. Addiction treatment in the US today is unique in that the majority of interventions are behavioral and psychosocial. But new addiction treatment paradigms with a combination of behavioral and medical approaches can prove quite powerful.