According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), some one in 10 U.S. workers aged 18 to 64 reported an addiction to alcohol or drugs in the past year. The report breaks down substance abuse rates by category, suggesting that mining and construction workers are more likely to drink heavily and that those in the accommodations and food service industries are most likely to abuse illicit drugs. As well as offering comparisons with previous years to see how the problem is progressing, the study could help inform prevention activities, with the hope of bringing down the rate of substance abuse among U.S. workers.
When Utah tallies the damage done to its residents by drugs, alcohol and co-occurring mental health issues, a complex picture emerges. There is much to celebrate in its prevention, treatment and enforcement efforts and much work still to do.
New research from a team of American and Spanish doctors indicates that the rate of treatment-seeking among people with substance problems varies according to the types of substances under consideration, as well as the nature of the problems involved.
Many teens (and some foolish adults) will try strange and sometimes dangerous ways to get high. Some turn to household chemicals for huffing, which does indeed produce a high, but which can also cause brain damage and even death. Others will attempt to strangle each other with an equally dangerous risk of dying.
Researchers have long debated whether the childhood condition attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases the odds of getting involved in substance use or developing substance use disorder. Part of this debate is centered on the impact of using stimulant medications to ease the symptoms of ADHD. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of Florida looked at the substance-using behaviors of adults with a history of ADHD. These researchers concluded that, among other things, people with such a history commonly initiate substance use at an earlier age than people who lack an ADHD history.
Dual diagnosis is the term addiction and mental health experts reserve for the identification of overlapping cases of mental illness and substance use disorder (substance abuse/substance addiction). People affected by such overlapping problems typically encounter much greater difficulties during treatment and recovery than people who only have a non-substance-related mental illness or who only have a diagnosable problem with drugs and/or alcohol.
More than a third of all U.S. states have passed laws making it legal to use the drug marijuana with a doctor’s prescription. Increasingly, one of the ailments that might lead to the issuance of such a prescription is posttraumatic stress disorder, widely known by the abbreviation PTSD. In a study slated for publication in October 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from three U.S. institutions investigated the common characteristics of people with PTSD who seek an initial prescription for medical marijuana. These researchers concluded that one key characteristic is an unusual level of involvement in the intake of certain other substances of abuse.
Stress is a normal feeling and, in many ways, can be healthy. Stress motivates you to work harder and to achieve goals. Too much stress, however, can have profoundly negative impacts on your physical, emotional and mental health. One of those impacts is an increase in your risk for developing an addiction. To improve your overall health, and to avoid the trap of substance abuse and addiction, learn more about how stress can lead you down a dangerous path.