Is Alcohol a Drug?

Drinking plays a predominant role in American culture.  At least 70% of Americans said that they had a drink in the past 12 months.  The distinction between cultural acceptance and abuse is a slippery slope.  In 2013, 24.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month.  Public health concerns regarding …

Drug Overdose: A Tragedy

In the United States, the number of lethal drug overdose cases has been rising at an alarming rate. In 2013, 44,000 people died from drug overdoses–more than doubling since 1999. It has since become the leading cause of injury death. In addition, 24.6 million people 12 or older – a shocking 9.4 percent of the population – live with some …

How to Prevent Addiction Relapse Once and for All

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that the national relapse rate for drug addiction is between 40 to 60 percent. People relapse for many different reasons. Stress and traumatic events can often overwhelm a person in recovery to the point where they fall into old patterns of processing emotions. Old habits can also resurface during family events where …

Youth Drug Interventions Done Right

Teens & young adults who struggle with addiction have special challenges but, when handled correctly, interventions can lead even the most extreme cases to the path of recovery. Anyone who has ever had to watch an out-of-control youth struggling with drug addiction has known the helpless despair that many parents feel nationwide.   Such teens often behave in bewildering ways—including deception, theft, outbursts of rage, and reckless self-endangerment.   Here are some key statistics from the 2013 CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance relating to teen addiction: The United States …

Hillary Clinton Confirms What We’ve Always Known—Drug Addiction is a Disease

The former Secretary of State agrees with drug interventionists nationwide on the problem of addiction and outlines ways to combat the epidemic. On Wednesday, September 2nd, Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton proposed a state & federal initiative to spend nearly $10 billion treating Americans who suffer from addiction. In her op-ed featured in the Manchester Union Leader, the former Secretary …