Substance Abuse Articles and Resources

Addiction Hope is dedicated to providing timely and helpful information on the dangers of various drugs as well as alcohol. Continue reading below to see our latest blog posts on substance abuse. Under the “Substance Abuse Navigation” menu, you can click on the drop-down arrow to see evergreen, general information on dozens of individual drugs, including prescription substances.

Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism

Man addicted to alcohol Contributor: Marissa A. Angileri, MSW, CADC, Addiction Specialist, Timberline Knolls Residential Center Addiction and mental illness often times go hand in hand. Self-medicating with alcohol and/ or other drugs is a common way to cope with the uncomfortable emotions associated with mental illness. Bipolar is a chronic mental illness which affects a person’s mood and [...]
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Connections Between Drug Abuse and Aging

Woman on the beach Substance abuse among the elderly, is one of the fastest growing health problems in American [1]. Individuals aged 50-59, who reported abusing illicit or prescription drugs in the past year doubled from 2.7% in 2002 to 6.2% in 2009 [2]. Often transitions to new housing, death of a spouse, aging health concerns, and changes in [...]
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Dilemmas of a Broken Substance Abuse System

Woman staring As a society we know what leads to addiction and how it manifests, but treatment options in America are still largely inadequate. To start, there’s no national standard of care for addiction. Secondly, despite addiction being a chronic illness, treatment programs tend to offer acute interventions, and not long-term treatment programs. [1] Many treatment programs [...]
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Effects of Binge Drinking on Women

Woman drinking alcohol 60% of women in the United States have at least 1 drink once a year, but 13% have more than 7 drinks per week [1]. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the guidelines for moderate drinking is no more than 1 drink per day for women [1]. According to the Centers [...]
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Insurance Barriers For Addiction Treatment

Man considering insurance treatment According to Addiction Medicine, approximately 1 in 10 individuals with alcohol or drug addiction receive treatment [1]. Many individuals find obtaining addiction treatment difficult due to lack of addiction treatment within their insurance plan, lack of resources in their community, facilities available may only treat the addiction or the co-occurring mental health issues, and not [...]
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