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Can Despair Kill You? Disease Experts Say “Yes”

Can Despair Kill You?

Everyone knows that stress plays a huge role in mental health, and mental health can also have a major impact on your physical health and overall well-being. When stress, anxiety and despair get to extreme levels, they can actually increase your risk of dying from these so-called diseases of despair. Here’s a look at what deaths of despair… Read More

Overdose Deaths Are Down in the Land of 10,000 Lakes – How Minnesota’s Approach May Be Working

Overdose Deaths down in the land of 10,000 lakes

Following a broad range of efforts designed to combat soaring drug overdose deaths, Minnesota’s approach may be working. In 2017, 422 Minnesota residents died from an opioid overdose. Recognizing that these numbers were only continuing to rise from year to year, Minnesota decided to take action. The results thus far are noteworthy…. Minnesota Launched a Drug Overdose Prevention… Read More

How to Help an Employee with a Mental Health Problem – Expert Opinion

Helping an Employee with a Mental Health issues

Whether you’re a manager or colleague, your prospects of encountering an employee with a mental health problem may be higher than you think, on the basis of statistics like these from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): One in five Americans experiences a mental illness in any given year. One in 25 Americans experiences a serious mental… Read More

Organ Transplants and Addiction: Finding a Second Chance

Organ Transplants & addiction - Finding a Second Chance

Transplants involving those with a past of substance abuse has led to new opportunities but also new questions. One of the tragic outcomes of the opioid overdose crisis is the availability of more organs for those waiting for life-saving transplants. Though a very sad consequence of this crisis, many younger people are dying, and their organs may be… Read More

PTSD in the Special Forces: Everything You Need to Know

PTSD in the Special Forces

All military members play an integral role in maintaining the security of our country and the safety of its citizens at home and abroad, but when it comes to some of the most dangerous military operations, the special forces play a unique role. In the military, this is referred to as Special Operations Forces (SOF) and includes the… Read More

How One “Stop Drinking” Pill Can Aid in Alcohol Recovery

How one stop drinking pill can aid in alcohol recovery

While the integration of “medically assisted treatment,” or MAT, into inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs is a relatively new concept, some of the drugs used in these programs are not. Antabuse — one of the brand names for a drug called disulfiram — is regarded as one of the very first medications used to help addicts recover from habitual drinking (alcoholism)…. Read More

How Addiction Impacts the Family: The Stages of Progression

How Addiction impacts the family unit

Addiction doesn’t discriminate, and having a cohesive, loving family background doesn’t exclude someone from becoming an addict. While it can be difficult to understand how someone ends up in the throes of addiction with such a positive and supportive family or how a family can end up in the place of cutting the addict off, understanding addiction as… Read More

Drinking to Death: The Close Relationship Between Alcohol and Suicide

Drinking to Death - the relationship between alcohol and suicide

What happens when someone struggling with anxiety, depression or another mental health condition takes part in problem drinking behaviors as a way to escape? According to the evidence, their risk of suicide is never higher than it is in this case. Let’s examine some of the stats: Reported by the New York Times, a Centers for Disease Control… Read More

Drug Profile: Librium

Drug Profile Librium

Librium, also known as “chlordiazepoxide,” is a hypnotic benzodiazepine medication used for treating issues like insomnia, anxiety, and withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol abuse. The drug has anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, amnesic and sedative properties. Patented in 1958 and approved for use in the medical industry in 1960, chlordiazepoxide requires a prescription for any treatment. The drug’s popularity has… Read More

Drug Testing at Festivals Stokes Controversy in Tennessee’s Addiction Epidemic

Drug Testing at festivals stoke concerns in Tennessee

Fentanyl is worsening Tennessee’s already severe drug addiction and overdose epidemic. In fact, 2018 proved to be Tennessee’s deadliest year for drug overdose deaths. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports nearly 1840 people died from overdosing on opioids in 2018. That represents an increase of at least three percent from the number of drug overdose deaths… Read More