April is Alcohol Awareness Month! Misuse and addiction to alcohol and other substances leads to increased risk of injuries, violence, liver disease, and some types of cancer. We can use this month to raise awareness about alcohol/substance abuse and take action to prevent it. Check out this infographic to learn about some of the many options people use to recover from addiction to alcohol and other substances:
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Comorbidity of Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders
In a recent article published by Medscape, Kathleen T Brady, MD, PhD explores the connection between substance abuse and four mental illnesses: depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia. In this article, we will hear information presented by several medical health professionals as they discuss the comorbidity between substance abuse and these psychiatric disorders.
Did you know that one in every thirty-three babies is born with birth defects, which is the leading cause of infant deaths? Fetuses are negatively impacted when their mother’s drink alcohol or use drugs, as these substances will enter their bloodstream, disrupting development. Should the mother drink during her pregnancy, it is the most damaging during the first trimester. At this stage, the baby’s brain is still developing. The mother may not have serious issues after substance use, but the child will as they may experience developmental problems. The child will have to live the rest of their life with their own physical and/or mental problems. These children usually have lower IQs and smaller heads. It's important to raise awareness on this cause, as it is 100% preventable.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has highlighted the plight of some 369,000 Americans addicted to heroin.