Pregnant women who use substances regularly (both drugs and alcohol) may deliver newborn babies who are born dependent on the same substances as their mother, because substances are passed between mother and baby through their umbilical chord.
This also can affect the growth and development of the fetus, along with causing issues that will affect them throughout their later life.
Find out all you need to know about NAS and more, including treatment options and help and support for those who may be/are or wanting to become pregnant, but are substance dependent or on a MAT program.
Harm reduction refers to a broad range of policies and practices that try to reduce the physical, mental and societal harms that people do to themselves and/or others from their drug and alcohol use.
This article covers a wide range of harm reduction strategies and best practice suggestions for those who use drugs and alcohol, those around them, their communities and the country as a whole, including those involved with sex work, those who drink/drug drive and what help and support is available to those who want it.
Opioids & opiates are supposed to be a short term solution for moderate to severe pain. However, so many people are on them for so long, that they have become physically and psychologically dependent on them, firstly because they enjoy the way they make them feel and secondly, to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Unfortunately, the ever increasing epidemic of opioid addiction is ravaging nations around the world, killing people unnecessarily, for a health condition that is treatable!
Find out all you need to know about opioids, addiction, pregnancy, overdoses, death withdrawal symptoms and treatment options and much more!…
What we say and how we say it has an enormous impact on ourselves and others. For example, saying substance abuse instead of substance use disorder can create the feeling that they are choosing to use/drink and that it can be a moral failing.
The results inside, along with downloadable media, studies, reports, tips and ideas to overcome this barrier many face before or whilst deciding whether to enter and accept help in recovery.
We have lost so many lives from this which could have otherwise been saved. Lets not loose anymore people unnecessarily just because of this issue.
Many people diagnosed with a substance use disorder (an addiction) also suffer from a co-occurring mental health or behavioural disorders. This is known as a “dual diagnosis”. Individuals with a dual diagnosis require an integrated treatment plan that addresses both disorders as interconnected health issues simultaneously.
According to a recent study, approximately 80% people with an addiction also have one or more co-occurring mental health conditions among other physical health conditions too.
In this article, you will find everything you ever wanted to know and more about Heroin!
We use an 8 point risk-rating system to give a general overview of Heroin as well as explain its characteristics, treatment options, withdrawal symptoms, its prevalence as well as recovery and abstinence from heroin.
Do you know the difference between an Opiate and an Opioid? It seems there are stories in the news every day about the dangers of opioids and opiates and how they are devastating families and communities. But few people know the difference between the two. Here are some facts about both. The poppy plant createsContinue reading “Opiate vs. Opioid – Do You Know the Difference?”
This article will guide you through a range of traits that addicts may display when their using or drinking becomes unmanageable.
Taking this quick, simple test may help you to better understand whether your drinking or drug use is becoming unmanageable and whether you may want to look into getting some help and support for your drinking or drug use?
The toughest part of trying to recover from alcohol and/or drug problems comes during this stage when a number of issues make it difficult to focus on learning to live a life of abstinence and recovery and make trying to stay clean and sober a struggle. It is the second of four stages of the recovery process as defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. You can find the tools, techniques and information you need to overcome these obstacles here in this article!