How Families Can Help a Loved One Dealing with Substance Use Disorder

Aisian Family Laying on Ground in Circle Helpless. Frightened. Overwhelmed. If you have a loved one struggling with a substance use disorder, these emotions are likely remarkably familiar to you. There are so many things that feel out of your control. However, one thing that you can control is how you support your loved one. Educate Yourself Key to supporting your loved one [...]
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Naloxone or Narcan: Life-saving Wonder Drug 2020

Hospital Room with Bed Opioid Use Disorders and Opioid Overdose Epidemics Cries for help have been increasing since the coronavirus quarantine. EMTs have been busy with COVID 19, as have community emergency departments and general hospitals. The overdose-reversal support system (Naloxone and other MATs) that we patched together to respond to the opioid use epidemic had become broken. Suspected [...]
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Grief and Substance Abuse

Very sad youg man sitting on the floor crying due to his grief Not long after a particularly painful loss in my life, I remember reading, “You don’t choose grief. Grief chooses you.” I understood this to mean that the feelings of grief are unpredictable; one day, a year after a loss, you may be surprised to find yourself thinking that life feels back to normal and the [...]
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Terminal Illness & Substance Abuse

Path in the woods representing terminal illness Unless you have a loved one or friend who has died because of a terminal illness, it must be difficult to imagine the thoughts and feelings associated with hearing the words, “there is no cure for this.” For some people, this news may cause them to make a bucket list and begin setting things in [...]
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