Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America.  The report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of this age group.  Marijuana was by far the most commonly used illicit drug, with nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers as a close second. The SAMHSA report also shows that 34.6 million adults aged 18 or older (14.6 percent of the population aged 18 or older) received mental health…

Percentage of Drinkers Receiving Treatment

Alcohol problems can impact a person’s life in many ways: economically, physically, and psychologically.  When facing these kinds of problems, an individual may choose to pursue alcohol treatment. Research shows, however, that of all the people with an alcohol use disorder, only about 15 percent ever receive treatment. Why do so few people receive treatment?  We know that the majority of those with alcohol dependence do not perceive a need for treatment.  It’s important that researchers and health care professionals recognize this disparity in perceived need in order to help those who would benefit from treatment.  A recent study sheds some…

New Addiction Program Coming Soon to NC

Alcohol and drug rehabilitation company BioCorRx, Inc. (OTCQB: BICX) has forged licensing agreement with Sobriety and Addictions Solutions LLC, to distribute its Start Fresh Program in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Start Fresh Program is a two-step addiction rehabilitation program that incorporates the use of a biodegradable implant that slowly releases Naltrexone, a drug that blocks the euphoric high triggered by alcohol or opioid cravings, into the bloodstream.  The time-release implant is embedded under a layer of fat in the patient’s lower abdomen and is effective for up to 6-12 months in many cases….

Family Physicians Group Offers Doctors Online Tools for Addiction Treatment

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in cooperation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is offering its members online tools to help them care for patients and families struggling with addiction.  The tools include the Addiction Performance Project, designed to reduce the stigma often associated with addiction, and to help doctors better identify and assist patients who abuse drugs.