Monthly Archives: October 2017


The Thin Line Between Misuse and Addiction


What is the difference between substance abuse and addiction? If you're concerned about a loved one's drinking or drug use, it can be challenging to understand the distinction. Substance use disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis defined as use that causes serious impairment or distress. While this does not necessarily constitute addiction, addiction is considered the most severe form of substance use disorder [1]. Characteristics of Substance Misuse According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, substance use disorder is ongoing non-medical [...]

The Thin Line Between Misuse and Addiction2017-10-27T12:00:40-07:00

Five Valuable Engagement Techniques to Help Screen and Treat Substance Abuse Candidates


If you suspect a friend or family member is struggling with substance abuse, talking to them about this issue can be challenging. These five techniques can help engage your loved one in a conversation about the issues they are facing and encourage them to seek treatment. Open the Dialogue on a Positive Note Start the conversation by making a statement of love and support. It is helpful to draw a distinction between your feelings about the person and your feelings about [...]

Five Valuable Engagement Techniques to Help Screen and Treat Substance Abuse Candidates2017-10-20T12:00:13-07:00

The Growth of Substance Abuse in America’s Youth


Substance abuse is continually on the rise without discriminating against age. Reports of an 11-year-old girl overdosing on heroin shocked the nation, and studies are showing that children are experimenting with drugs or alcohol as early as ages 10-16 years old [1]. Because substance abuse is wreaking havoc on families around the world, we need to focus on the epidemic that is plaguing our pre-teens and teenagers. Exposure and Experimentation Starts Earlier Kids have been experimenting with drugs for decades, but it's starting younger and [...]

The Growth of Substance Abuse in America’s Youth2017-10-13T12:00:51-07:00

Recognizing the Early Signs of Substance Abuse


Substance abuse affects individuals from all ages and walks of life. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10% of people 12 and older have used substances within the past month [1]. Understanding the signs that could indicate substance use and abuse will help identify family members or significant others who may be affected. Signs of Substance Abuse Abuse of drugs and alcohol has physical, behavioral, and psychological warning signs that are often overlooked. If [...]

Recognizing the Early Signs of Substance Abuse2017-10-02T12:00:12-07:00