Women, Chronic Pain & Addiction

Nature Road Through Redwood National Park Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson Chronic pain is common in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 20% of U.S. adults have chronic pain. More than 7% of adults have what the CDC refers to as “high impact chronic pain,” which is defined as pain that frequently limits [...]
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Cocaine Use and Sex Addiction

Contributor: Staff at Sierra Tucson The euphoric and stimulating properties of cocaine can boost a person’s sex drive, leading many to believe that sex is better while using it. However, continuing to pair cocaine use with sexual activity can lead to an addiction to both behaviors and cause dangerous long-term consequences if left untreated. How [...]
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Childhood Trauma and Addiction

woman struggling with substance abuse Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Childhood trauma and substance use disorders are unfortunately prevalent problems in the United States and many other nations. According to a 2015 study that was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 10% of adults in the U.S., or more than 23 [...]
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State of the Opioid Epidemic 2021

Woman Athlete Jogging Running on Trail in Woods Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center For more than two decades, the United States has been in the midst of an opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1999-2019, opioid overdoses were responsible for almost 500,000 deaths in the U.S. [1]. Today, as the nation begins to emerge [...]
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Preventing Fentanyl Deaths

Path in the woods representing terminal illness Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can alleviate pain. In hospitals, fentanyl is most commonly used to ease the suffering of adult cancer patients who are experiencing what medical professionals describe as breakthrough pain. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that fentanyl has a similar [...]
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