Drug Use Severity in Adolescence Affects Substance Use Disorder Risk in Adulthood

NIH-funded study shows screening for substance use disorder in teens may help predict adult prescription drug use and misuse and prevent overdose. April 1, 2022NIDA News Release People who reported multiple symptoms consistent with severe substance use disorder at age 18 exhibited two or more of these symptoms in adulthood, according to a new analysis …

Making Addiction Treatment More Realistic and Pragmatic: The Perfect Should Not be the Enemy of the Good

From the blog of Dr. Nora VolkowJanuary 4, 2022 Last year saw drug overdose deaths in the U.S. surpass an unthinkable milestone: 100,000 deaths in a year. This is the highest number of drug overdoses in our country’s history, and the numbers are climbing every month. There is an urgent need for a nationwide, coordinated response that …

2020 Drug Overdoses Were “Horrifying”

August 31, 2021 Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorNational Institute on Drug Abuse The provisional drug overdose death statistics for 2020 confirmed the addiction field’s worst fears. More people died of overdoses in the United States last year than in any other one-year period in our history. More than 93,000 people died. The increase from the …

Punishing Drug Use Heightens the Stigma of Addiction

From the Blog of Dr. Nora VolkowExecutive DirectorNATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE August 9, 2021 Our understanding of substance use disorders as chronic but treatable health conditions has come a long way since the dark days when they were thought of as character flaws — or worse. Yet our societal norms surrounding drug use and addiction continue …

Many Questions Remain About Youth Substance Use Trends

December 15, 2020 The following is from the web blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive Director of NIDA. The results of the 2020 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use and attitudes in middle and high school students were released today, with the encouraging news that the alarming rises in teen vaping both of …

The Connection Between Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness

From National Institute on Drug Abuse Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa. Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa. Although there are …

The Choice to “End it All.”

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy. IT WAS FOUR IN the afternoon. I was driving along the river in my home town. It was the fourth decade of my struggle with active addiction. Overwhelmed with thoughts of utter failure, rabid hypocrisy and complete hopelessness, I started ruminating about the idea of suicide. Why not? It …

Connections between Sleep and Substance Use Disorders

From the Monthly Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse Original Date March 9, 2020 Most common mental disorders, from depression and anxiety to PTSD, are associated with disturbed sleep, and substance use disorders are no exception. The relationship may be complex and bidirectional: Substance use causes sleep problems; but …

Mental Health and Addiction

The first section of this post is taken from the blog of Sophia Majlessi, National Council for Behavioral Health Released January 8, 2020 Voters More Likely to Support a Candidate Who Promises to Address Mental Health and Addiction, According to New Polling from the National Council for Behavioral Health Released Ahead of December 16 New …

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