Learn about substance abuse to keep yourself safe
Learning about substance abuse will hopefully keep children and adults safe from addiction. Despite seeing 130 people dying each day in the US from opioids and over 190 dying each day from opioids and other drugs, it is truly alarming to see how many continue to start using drugs, marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes, and e-cigarettes.
It’s so important for all children and adults to be educated on substance use disorder or substance addiction and the risk factors for developing it, particularly family history and genes. This, so that they can be careful to alert their doctor when prescribed opioid analgesics and other potentially addictive medications such as for anxiety, and, to make sensible choices on whether or not to vape, smoke marijuana, or drink alcohol excessively.
Teens and young adults – get educated on how your brain develops and what could cause it harm and lead to mental health and substance abuse issues down the road! The brain is developing all through youth, until you reach around 25 years of age. Using and misusing alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and drugs while the brain is still developing can change how it ends up….for the worse.
You probably knew that:
Drinking alcohol, smoking pot, and taking other such stuff can cause vomiting, slurred speech, sluggishness, dizziness, and impaired memory?
But, you probably did not know that:
Taking drugs, alcohol, and marijuana can lead to learning disabilities?
Or, that 1 in 6 people who start taking marijuana in their teens end up becoming addicted to it?
Or, that stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall can induce anxiety, depression, paranoid feelings, and difficulty sleeping?
Learn about substance abuse to help others around you
Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse in a friend or family member can enable you to help them when it matters the most. What behaviors does someone exhibit who is addicted to drugs? What should be done to help them get the treatment and counseling that they need?
Given the magnitude of the opioid crisis, it’s essential that substance abuse education is integrated into all elementary, middle and high school curricula. And, into the workplace as well, as part of wellness programs.
What Can You Learn Here
There is a ton of information out there on substance abuse and related topics. In this section, we have prioritized and summarized six key topics.
Get educated on brain science and how the chronic disease of addiction develops, on common addictive substances, on the common opioid analgesics in particular, on medical marijuana, on medication-assisted treatment and where to find accredited providers, and on understanding substance use disorder including its risk factors, its signs, symptoms, and behaviors, and how to prevent, treatment, and manage the recovery process.
The Brain and Addiction
Did you know that addiction is a disease? And, drugs whether they are opioids, alcohol, nicotine or other substances, alter the brain.
Medical and Recreational Use Marijuana
Get educated on marijuana, what we know and don't know about this substance and its current uses as an alternative to opioids and other pain management therapies.
Signs & Symptoms of Dependence Versus Addiction
Learn about the difference between dependence and addiction, how to recognize signs and symptoms, how to proactively take preventive action, and how to follow up for treatment and care.
Evidence-Based Treatment of Opioid, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Substance Addiction and Abuse
Treatment works. Recovery is possible. Many people go on to live happy and fulfilling lives after an episode of addiction or substance abuse. Learn about the FDA-recommended treatment options for opioid use disorder and other substance addictions.
Common Substances of Use & Abuse
Get more educated on prescription opioids, alcohol, tobacco/nicotine, marijuana, and illicit drugs such as cocaine and meth.