Substance use disorder (SUD), sometimes called drug use disorder, is a psychiatric diagnosis of problematic drug use, including drug addiction. SUDs are assessed on a scale from mild to moderate to severe. Within this framework, full-blown, compulsive addiction to drugs or alcohol is classified as severe substance use disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and
As a parent of three young children, I face the prospect of their teenage years with some trepidation. I remember all too well the underage drinking of my own youth, which lead to a minor consumption arrest when I was fifteen. I wonder how to prevent my sons from making some of the same mistakes
*Melanie has struggled with her weight all of her life. She was teased as a teenager for being chubby and she tried Weight Watchers many times in college. Her weight a roller coaster of numbers. Until her twenties when she tried methamphetamine one night at a concert with friends. The high was beyond anything she ever
Being in the present moment can be terrifying for many. Especially when the brain is used to artificial stimulation from substances. Yet, mindfulness practices, such as acupuncture, can be the balm to the weary soul of an addict. Research on mindfulness-based relapse prevention, offers hope even for addictions with the lowest recovery rates, such as opiate
Let me tell you a story… Once upon a time, in a beautiful land of 182 acres of prairie located just south of the Twin Cities, stood a young man ready to return to his world. After a few months of treatment he was going home to his family, his job, and his restored health.
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