Overdose Rates in Florida: A Historical Look

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Opioid addiction is a continuing health crisis that is claiming lives daily in the U.S. In 2016 alone, over 46 people died each day due to prescription opioid overdoses. The Kaiser Family Foundation compiles and releases statistics on opioid overdose deaths. One of the U.S. states particularly hard hit by this crisis is Florida. The U.S. Opioid Epidemic The Centers … Read More

Pew Study Reveals Nationwide Concern Over Substance Abuse

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Drug addiction takes its toll on Americans. While not everyone that uses drugs becomes addicted, the continued misuse of drugs and alcohol can lead to severe consequences, including overdose and death. A recent Pew Research study reveals that Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of substance misuse in their communities. Drug Addiction Numbers in the U.S. The statistics … Read More

Central Florida Sees Spike in Organ Donations Amid Opioid Epidemic

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This nation remains in the grip of an opioid epidemic, and it is difficult to consider that there might be an upside to the pain and suffering of so many losses. The surge in opioid overdose deaths has resulted in an increase in the number of organ donations. This is the case in many parts of the nation and particularly … Read More

A Look at the Brain of Florida Binge Drinkers

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Not everyone who has a substance use disorder drinks daily or around the clock. Binge drinking is also classified as problem drinking. It is not only prolific but also dangerous.  SAMHSA reports that as many as 65.3 million Americans admit to past month binge drinking. There are about 4.5 million underage binge drinkers in the U.S., and roughly 2 in … Read More

3 Treatment Options for Heroin Addiction

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It is one of the most addictive substances known to man. Heroin is no respecter of social standing, ethnicity, or educational background. It affects people from every walk of life, but it is also conquerable through a combination of effective behavioral and pharmacological intervention. Treatment for heroin addiction helps repair lives and restore your sense of self-worth as well as … Read More

4 Stages Of Recovery From Addiction


Addiction is a complicated disease that is classified as both a mental illness and chronic disease. For some, addiction happens quickly, but for others, it develops over time. When you’re dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, it’s easy to feel alone. However, there are approximately 23.5 million Americans addicted to drug or alcohol, while only 11% of those people attend … Read More

Does Addiction Run In Families? What Statistics Reveal

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  Why do some people become addicted to drugs and alcohol while others don’t? Is it all due to our environment, or do genetics play a role in addiction? Whether a person decides to use alcohol or drugs for the first time is a personal choice, often influenced by sociocultural, psychological or biological factors. But whether a person is at … Read More

What Is Valium Addiction?

Valium, like many drugs, can elicit abusive and addictive behavior when utilized incorrectly. In this case, there are certain long-term and short-term effects for the person using the drug, as well as possible treatment solutions. What is valium? Valium is a drug most often prescribed to prevent anxiety and panic attacks, and can be prescribed by a medical doctor or … Read More

Cocaine Myths and Facts

Cocaine is very popular street drug made from coca plants originating in South America and it affects the lives of millions of Americans on a regular basis as a dominant drug of choice. It is easily one of the most commonly abused drugs in the country and carries with it a set of myths, which often are the leading cause … Read More

12 Long-Term Health Issues Associated With Alcohol Abuse

While extensive drinking tears apart relationships and lives, it also wreaks havoc on the human body. Consuming alcohol in excess over long periods of time can lead to many heath issues, some slightly serious and others fatal. Below is a list of the possible health outcomes associated with alcohol abuse.  Cancer. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to several types of … Read More