In The News: Officers Armed with Naloxone

On April 19, 2018, the LoudounNow newspaper published an article about the Purcellville Police Department in Loudoun County, VA equipping its officers with Naloxone (often referred to as Narcan). They are the first in the county to do so. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of heroin or prescription opioid drugs. Sixteen of Purcellville’s…

Insomnia and Alcohol Recovery

Sleep disturbance is common among patients in recovery from alcohol addiction. A population-based study was conducted in which 18% of alcohol-dependent persons reported sleep disturbance. Another study of 74 patients that were followed for an average of 5 months after alcohol treatment found that insomnia was a major predictor of relapse. It revealed that 60%…

How Substance Abuse Affects the Family

When one member of a family experiences an addiction, it is common that all members of the family will be affected. The sometimes devastating effects can cause weak attachment bonds between parent and child due to emotional distance from the parent, financial difficulties for the family in some cases, as well as a parent being…

Substance Abuse and Homelessness

In many situations, substance abuse can begin as a result of homelessness or can also be a cause of homelessness.  Sometimes, addictive disorders can cause people to lose their jobs or send their relationships with family and friends into a downward spiral. Housing can also be lost if people begin abusing substances or if their…

In The News: A Community Pulls Together

The citizens of Carbon County, Utah have come together in an effort to fight against opioid addiction. According to state health department data, Carbon County has the highest rate of prescription overdose deaths in Utah. Many in the community know at least one person affected by this tragedy–for example, the Carbon County sheriff Jeff Wood…

Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic Cannabinoids, also known as “synthetic marijuana” are manmade chemicals that are both mind altering and falsely marketed as safe and legal alternatives to marijuana. According to the National Institutes of Health, although they act on the same brain cell receptors as THC (the ingredient in marijuana), some of them bind more strongly and produce…

Gender Differences in Substance Use

During all the phases of drug abuse–initiation, escalation of use, addiction, and relapse, there are sex differences. According to the National Institutes of Health, research has shown that women often use and respond to drugs differently. Women begin regularly using licit and illicit drugs at lower doses than do males. While women are just as…

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can range from unhealthy drinking habits, to drinking every day, or binge drinking. When one abuses alcohol, they continue to drink even though it may be causing problems in their life. In one’s social life, alcohol abuse can cause issues within the family, employment issues, legal problems such as driving while intoxicated, violence,…