Encouraging News from Monitoring the Future

Revealing the results of the annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use and attitudes among American middle- and high-school students is an annual mid-December ritual at NIDA. It is often an unveiling of interesting and sometimes surprising data and trends. For 41 years now, the MTF results gathered by the University of Michigan have given us the ability to track trends in substance use among the most vulnerable population in our country. This year the results were mostly positive, giving us cause for encouragement. Use of most substances in 2015 continued their flat or downward trends seen in recent years--many dropping to the lowest levels in the history of the survey. This is true of both alcohol and cigarette use, for example. Fewer 12th graders than ever (17.2 percent) reported binge drinking (five or more drinks on a single occasion in the past two weeks) and fewer than ever (37.7 percent) reported being drunk in the past year. Among seniors, 5.5 percent reported daily cigarette smoking, down from 6.7 percent a year ago and 24.6 percent at its peak in 1997. This decline in cigarette use means that, for the first time, fewer seniors are daily cigarette smokers than are daily marijuana users. Use of inhalants, traditionally a concern in the youngest age groups, was at its lowest levels ever, and the drop in lifetime use of these substances since last year's survey was significant among 8th and 10th graders (9.4 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, down from ...
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Source: The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse Source Type: research
A study published last month in the peer-reviewed journal  Addiction by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use found that harm reduction strategies were responsible for the province ’s opioid-related overdose death rate being less than half of what it otherwise would have been between April 2016 and December 2017.The researchers noted that 77 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths during that time frame involved illicit fentanyl. Vancouver has long been a major port of entry for fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, produced in China and o...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
With the summer in full swing. Many of us are looking ahead to July 4th, planning time away from work and looking forward to a well needed break. For most Americans, Independence Day reflects a day of fun, having barbecues with close friends and family, eating wonderful food and rejoicing at night under the fireworks. For some Americans, however, fireworks and crowds are a major trigger for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, inducing flashbacks, hypervigilance and sweating, among other symptoms. While in the general population, approximately 7-8% of people have PTSD at some point in their lives, this number increases to 10% i...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General PTSD Self-Help Trauma 4th Of July Combat Veteran Fireworks Hypersensitivity triggers Source Type: blogs
Abstract Background: Individuals with comorbid opioid addiction and pain (COAP) relapse 3-5 times more often than patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) but without pain. However, psychophysiological responses to pain among a COAP population are unknown. Objectives: We hypothesized that those on Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) with chronic pain, relative to opioid-naïve chronic pain individuals, would show greater psycho-physiological pain reactivity and slower recovery when exposed to acute pain. Methods: Four groups with chronic pain were recruited (N = 120; 60% Female): 1) MOUD-methadone; 2) MO...
Source: The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse Source Type: research
Addiction is a chronic condition that leads to overdose and death. Addiction ruins lives, families and devastates communities. If you are suffering from addiction, it can be normal to ask yourself hard questions such as, “will I suffer from addiction forever? Is there a cure for addiction?” While there is no magic wand that can cure addiction, it is a treatable condition. When addiction is treated, people can go on to live normal, happy, healthy lives. While addiction may cause a lot of destruction and fractured relationships in its path, people can repair and move on from them as well. The Cure for Addiction:...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Complementary Therapies Comprehensive behavioral treatment Healthy Eating and Recovery Mental Health Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse addicted to alcohol addiction help addiction recovery programs Source Type: blogs
You're reading The Impact of the Media’s Glamorization of Drug Abuse on Mental Health, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. We often hear about celebrities with addictions from various news outlets. Addiction and mental health issues can affect anyone. In fact, about 19% of all U.S. adults have dealt or are currently dealing with a mental illness, according to a national survey held by SAMHSA in 2017. The Role of Media in Drug Abuse It has been shown that the media contributes to the stigma of m...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: depression internet culture psychology self education self improvement celebrities with addictions celebrity overdoses role of media in drug abuse songs about drugs Source Type: blogs
Daily we all experience a variety of emotions. Certain things make us happy, others sad. We may see certain people and feel love, or see other people who make us angry. And although most of us don’t go around discussing each emotion we are feeling, we aren’t really thinking about hiding them either. There is, however, one emotion that people sometimes feel and go to great lengths to avoid discussing, showing or admitting. Shame. Shame is a painful emotion that causes us to feel inadequate, unworthy and as though we have failed at, well, likely everything. It’s often confused with embarrassment or guilt, ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Self-Esteem Self-Help chronic shame Embarrassment Feelings Of Inadequacy Guilt self-worth Source Type: blogs
What Are 5 Underlying Reasons for Addiction? Addiction always stems from a root cause, also known as one of the reasons for addiction. It is extremely important to treat both the root cause of the addiction in addition to the physical addiction itself. Staying sober involves much more than just detoxing from drugs or alcohol and abstaining from them in the future. It also involves finding the underlying reasons for the addiction and treating that as well, so that it does not exacerbate the addiction in the future. This is why so many people fail when they attempt to quit using drugs or alcohol cold turkey. While there can ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Abuse Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcoholism Anxiety Children Depression Depression Treatment Drug Treatment LGBT LGBTQ Mental Health Painkiller Source Type: blogs
When I entered the world of sex work almost three years ago, I had been fired from yet another waitressing job for reasons related to my drinking. A friend invited me to do a play that was for and by sex workers to benefit the Sex Workers Project, which “provides client-centered legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex work.” It paid, so I said yes. I loved the fast pace, changing clientele, and quick money of waiting tables. Booze and drugs were always present. Most of my jobs allowed us to drink on the job; just not the way I drank on the job. The last job I waitressed I would be sober for a...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Publishers Recovery The Fix Alcoholism Drugs escort Prostitution Rehab sex work sober Sobriety Source Type: blogs
You're reading These 5 Mental Health Tools Will Help You Cope with Any Difficult Situation, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Though it may be a surprise for some, mental health problems are commonplace. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 44 million American adults deal with mental health symptoms on an annual basis. That’s nearly 20% of the country’s adult population. Thankfully, similar to physical conditions like joint pain or eczema, mental health problems can be tr...
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