The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines prescription drug abuse as the intentional use of medication without a prescription in a different way than prescribed, or for the feeling it causes. This is a growing problem in the United States. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future Study, found that as a
Substance abuse is typically defined as an over indulgence of a drug like alcohol, tobacco, and prescription or illicit drugs. Substance abuse has far reaching societal impacts; in fact the National Drug Intelligence Center estimates its economic impact to be more than $700 billion per year in lost productivity, health care costs and crime. For
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a team-based, therapeutic approach that promotes change and growth in an individual by interacting with horses. Through the on-ground interactions—EAP is not a riding or horsemanship program—metaphors are created as a way to address current emotional, psychological and interpersonal challenges, as well as healthier ways to respond to them. It
In July, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released some surprising statistics on heroin use in the United States. Use of heroin has increased across most demographic areas including income levels, gender and age groups. According to the statistics the largest increase in use came in groups with historically low rates of using the drug.
Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder, impacts as a person’s life, and those around them, in many different ways. Left untreated, drug addiction can have serious long-term consequences that can impact a person’s physical and mental health, relationships and quality of life. But how do you know if the person you love, whether
Scientists have been studying addictive behavior since the 1930s and thanks to that work our views and responses to addiction have drastically changed. In an online publication: Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains how science has played an important role in understanding addiction and how it