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New Bill in Wyoming Would Give Millions to Substance Abuse Programs | The Fix

New Bill in Wyoming Would Give Millions to Substance Abuse Programs | The Fix | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
A lawmaker from Casper wants to use money from alcohol sales to fund treatment. (New Bill in Wyoming Would Give Millions to Substance Abuse Programs: A lawmaker from Casper wants to ...
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I think this is an interesting article that deserves attention from other states to learn about the need for funding for substance abuse treatment and programs. Wyoming has introduced a proposal that would "earmark" 15% of alcohol taxes to be used for substance abuse treatment, assessment and treatment. I think it is extremely helpful in bringing awareness to the need for funding. Substance abuse and addiction is an epidemic that is rampant in our society and in our youth, providing services and help to treat issues is something other states need to jump on board wtih as well (especially Utah). 

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Easier Way for Doctors to Identify Substance Abuse? - Drugs.com ...

Easier Way for Doctors to Identify Substance Abuse? - Drugs.com ... | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
A single question may help doctors determine whether a patient has a drug or alcohol problem and the level of abuse, a new study suggests. Keep it simple is the.
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This article broached the subject of identifying substance abuse in patients. Basically they propose the idea that asking single questions versus the extensive interviews and questionnaires that are typically used in screening for substance abuse. Being able to identify probelms in a quick and more simplified manner which would then allow problems that warrant urgent attendtion to be addressed more efficiently. 

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How Does Depression And Substance Abuse Impact Men | Co ...

How Does Depression And Substance Abuse Impact Men | Co ... | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
See how depression and substance abuse impact men differently than women and why men don't seek treatment for depression and co-occurring disorder as often as women.
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Depression and substance abuse affect men and women very differently. According to the article, men don't seek treatment as often as women do. I thought this was an interesting fact. Traditionally, men do not express emotion the same way women do, which could account for the fact that they don't seek treatment as much. The artice cited the idea that men may not seek treatment because it could potentially threaten their masculinity. I think we need to move away from this stereotype in our society and make it more acceptable for everyone to access and seek treatment for issues like substance abuse and depression. 

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care Mandatory Under Affordable Care Act ... - Afro American

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care Mandatory Under Affordable Care Act ...
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This article stuck out to me as it involves help and insurance coverage for individuals suffering from mental heatlh illness and substance abuse issues. In the state of Maryland, advocates are fighting for insurance providers to address substance abuse and mental health treatment. I think this is so beneficial and wish this type of advocacy would spread across all states, the importance of including coverage for this illness is imperative to the success of individual's recovering from substance abuse issues. Help and assistance for recovery is often times unavailable for much of the population who suffers from this mental illness. In my opinion, more resources have to be available in order to address the issue. The step Maryland is taking in widening coverage I think is really important and something that should be looked at world-wide.

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How Childhood Trauma May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Addiction, Depression | TIME.com

How Childhood Trauma May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Addiction, Depression | TIME.com | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
Childhood trauma has long been known to raise a child's odds of developing depression and addiction later on. Now, a small but intriguing new study links these risks to specific changes in the brain

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There has always been a link between childhood trauma and the increase in chances of developing depression and addiction later on in life, however now this artcile suggests there are specific changes in the brain  that are disrupting certain neural networks. Research using brain-imaging technique measured differences in teen's brains where they found the right hippocampus was affected majorly. This portion of the brain plays a big part in emotional processing which has a major impact on a child's outcome and life. Making sure that as clinicians we understand how stress and trauma can lead to addictions is imperative to our client's success and well-being. 

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This article is interesting because it shows how different kinds of trauma, especially in children, can lead to depression and even drug use. 

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Substance Abuse in the Armed Forces

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Members of our armed forces, particularly those who have been deployed in warzones, deal with many issues beyond the battlefield. Many suffer from severe post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) brought on by combat experiences.

Via Thomas Faltin
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While drug use is discouraged in the armed services, there is a culture of alcohol abuse that is accepted in that environment, according to the article. This cite has created a infographic to help viewers become aware of the problem that service members can face in regards to substance abuse . Statistics like 22% of verterans with PTSD also have substance abuse disorders and others show a need  for greater support of this issue for our service men and women. I think that it is important to consider the implications of this mental disorder in regards to the demographic of our military. There should be more resources available to combat the problem of substance abuse, articles like this bring it to the surface and forefront of people's minds hopefully. 

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Substance Abuse: Anger in Substance Abuse Recovery

Substance Abuse: Anger in Substance Abuse Recovery | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
Drug abuse such as cocaine and heroin, as well as alcohol abuse can not only increase an individual's anger but it can aggravate unresolved emotions and be a revolving door to further alcohol and drug abuse as a coping ...
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Anger in substance abuse recovery is an issues of concern. This article addressed the topic of managing anger throughout recovery. Certain individuals who are recovering from alcohol or drug abuse will likely act out their agression by becoming physical. According to the article, the best way as a counselor is to treat both the substance abuse + the anger. I though this was an interesting perspective and one I could see myself implementing as a substance abuse counselor one day. When treating the substance abuse + anger issues, often times when the substance use subsides the anger will not be as easily triggered. Through this process, they learn to control and handle their emotions. 

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People with Severe Mental Illness have Higher Risk for Substance ...

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Author: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Subject Category: Drug Addiction Published: Jan 05, 2014 (Revised: Jan 05, 2014). Abstract: People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher risk for ...
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According to this article, people with mental illness such as bipolar and schizophrenia are at a higher risk for having substance use issues. Drug use impacts a lot of the same brain circutis, according to Dr. Nora Volkow. I thought this was interesting and very notable for counselors and clinicians in the field. While I am sure that we are aware of this liklihood, exploring why this is so is a topic of interest for many. I think learning about the connection could be an important topic to help educate clients about. Explaining reasons for why they might be experiencing cross-over in these mental illness might help piece together the puzzle that has troubled them for so much of their life. 

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New Helpline Now Available for Teens Struggling with Substance Abuse - PR Web (press release)

New Helpline Now Available for Teens Struggling with Substance Abuse - PR Web (press release) | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
New Helpline Now Available for Teens Struggling with Substance Abuse
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Teens in Crestview, FL struggle with drug and alcohol addiction just like they do around the country.
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I thought this article was really exciting. I love that there is another resource available for teens struggling wtih substance abuse. The article noted how difficult it can be to know who to turn to. Giving teenagers an outlet like the helpline that is now available in Florida provides them with so much opportunity to help jumpstart recovery. The hotline provides callers with information, treatment options and help in dealing with their substance abuse disorder. 

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Health News - Prescription drugs a 'tipping point' for dating violence among urban youth

Health News - Prescription drugs a 'tipping point' for dating violence among urban youth | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
Prescription drugs a 'tipping point' for dating violence among urban youth (Study suggests a link between misuse of Rx drugs & physical violence among dating partners: http://t.co/29AzUvYGpt ...
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According to this article, drugs are more likely to be used on days which violence  and dating occurs than days. There seems to be a correlation among yound dating violence and prescription drug use. The researchers findings suggest that treating and addressing the violence among young should coincide with treatment for the substance abuse as well. This reminded me of our reading in Morrison's Diagnosis Made Easier, as it mentioned treating anger and aggression in addition to substance abuse. Sometimes, I think it's easy to isolate the problem and treat only the issue, where really there is such a connection between substance abuse and other mental health concerns. 

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Violence & Substance Abuse Show Strong Link | Los Angeles Drug ...

Violence & Substance Abuse Show Strong Link | Los Angeles Drug ... | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
There has always been a strong link between substance abuse and violence. Typically, the association has been with alcohol, heroin, and cocaine. Now, there is.
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The connection between violence and substance abuse has always been strong. Research has shown that the association has been primarily with alcohol, heroine and cocaine. However, there is so much prescription substance abuse, which is also an increased risk of violence. According to this article, a study found that 575 participants, ages 14-24 reported use of sedatives and opiods as well instances of violent crime over a 12-month period of time. The article concluded that there is a strong need to help teenagers deal with conflict better and control emotions more productively. 

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Bullies risk mental health issues and substance abuse

Bullies risk mental health issues and substance abuse | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
Schoolyard bullies could face the same risks of mental health and substance abuse issues as their victims, according to a new study by the University of Queensland.
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This article posed the idea that bullies face similar risks of mental health and substance abusers. Additionally victims of bullying were found to have higher chances of developing depression, anxitey or social withdrawal, and their bullies have an increased chance of substance abuse problems. I thought this was really important information that needs to be conveyed. This two major mental health issues are dramatically impacted by bullying. This is really concerning to me and something that needs to be addressed. 

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The Correlation between Dysfunctional Families and Substance Abuse by Dr Pandula Siribaddana | Living Healthy 360

The Correlation between Dysfunctional Families and Substance Abuse by Dr Pandula Siribaddana | Living Healthy 360 | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
Substance abuse is a growing problem in many parts of the world including in the United States.
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This article discussed in detail the connection between substance abuse and dysfunctional families. According to reserach outline din the article, disturbed or weak family relationships have been linked to the occurrence of substance abuse within families. I think this is interesting research, however I wonder what connection exists between substance usage in families that are functional and have strong protecitive factors and minimal risk factors. I think it is imperative, clinically we keep in mind a sensitivity for families that are struggling with substance abuse and may be dysfunctional. 

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25 Celebrities Who Have Struggled With And Overcome Substance ...

25 Celebrities Who Have Struggled With And Overcome Substance ... | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
There is hope from the struggle of substance abuse as these 25 celebrities who have struggled with and overcome substance abuse show us.
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I think this piece of information is interesting in so many ways. The media is a major influence in our world today. The fact that there was an article citing the celebrities who have struggled with addiction and substance abuse made me think about the impact the media as a news sources has on us. On one hand, I think it is helpful in that people struggling with substance abuse and addiction can see that it happens to other people as well, they may be able to find some connection that could help them through issues they are facing. On the other hand, I think it glamorizes drug use in some aspects and could potentially belittle the issue some people might be dealing with. I think it could be argued either way if the media's presence in this issue is helpful or harmful. 

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Study: One in three teens with bipolar disorder develop substance abuse (USA)

A study published in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that approximately one in three teens with bipolar disorder developed substance abuse, for the first time, during 4 years of...

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This article was fascinating to me. While I frequently read studies and statistics about substance absuse issues, this one particularly stuck out to me. This particular study found that repeated experimentation with alcohol was the strongest predictor of substance abuse. Other factors that led to higher rates of abuse included; defiant disorder, panic disoder, family history of substance abuse, low cohesion between familiy, and absense of anitdepressant treatment. Risk factors are major predictors of substance abuse. My take-away from this article was how imperative it is to identify risk factors and help clients minimize the impact and possibly eliminate those risk factors. 

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Ohio Parents Encouraged to “Have the Talk” About Substance Abuse - Public News Service

Ohio Parents Encouraged to “Have the Talk” About Substance Abuse - Public News Service | Substance Abuse Disorders | Scoop.it
Ohio Parents Encouraged to “Have the Talk” About Substance Abuse Public News Service "Parents who set their expectations around substance abuse and drinking alcohol, and set the boundaries, those children are much more likely to succeed,” she...
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This article gives advice and the perspective of parents helping children stay off and away from substances. Simply talking to a child one-on-one can have a huge impact, the artcile suggests. I think this is an interesting perspective and idea, that at first glance may seem to be common sense. However, substance abuse and addiction can be an avoided topic for many families. Discussing the harm and terrible consequences of drug abuse with children can be an effective way to help deter them from going down this path. This article made me consider the difference of thinking about preventative measures for children and teens + drug use, as a clinician vs. as a parent. This article geared towards parenting seems so simple and straightfoward, while articles outlining the clinician's role seem to explain things more elaborately and in greater detail. Sometimes the simple version is refreshing to read! 

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