Losing sight of the opioid problem in the United States would be a great error considering the damage it causes to homes. The pandemic has taken much attention away from other issues, but as it continues and others are forced into isolation, substance abuse continues to rise even at a faster rate.
Thea article, “4 Reasons Why the Opioid Crisis Still Needs Our Attention” by Phil Walls looks at the problem and why society still needs to remain vigilant regarding opioid abuse. He states,
“There’s some evidence that issues related to the pandemic environment, including treatment delays and increased social isolation, may be contributing to an uptick in misuse. But there are other developments in the health care, pharmaceutical and workers’ compensation industries affecting both opioid usage and the parties responsible for paying for it.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program and see if it meets and matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.
A certification in Substance Abuse Counseling does not necessarily require a license in counseling especially if someone is working at a center under professional guidance or is utilizing it as a pastor and minister.
Behavioral rewards to change bad behavior is a common concept. Parents reward children to do chores or do good things to reinforce the good behavior with reward. Contingency Management in addiction looks at the same principle. In some cases, with stimulants and meth, it has been successful, with others, such as opioids it has not had as much success. Sometimes, rewards have been misused if they have monetary value. Still despite this, when combined with other therapies, it can prove useful.
The article, “This Addiction Treatment Works. Why Is It So Underused?” by Abby Goodnough looks at this way of rewarding. She states,
“The treatment is called contingency management, because the rewards are contingent on staying abstinent. A number of clinical trials have found it highly effective in getting people addicted to stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine to stay in treatment and to stop using the drugs. But outside the research arena and the Department of Veterans Affairs, where Mr. Kelty is a patient, it is nearly impossible to find programs that offer such treatment — even as overdose deaths involving meth, in particular, have soared.”
Telemedicine is becoming more prominent and will be here to stay since the pandemic. It is being applied to reach the sick as well those in emotional need. Substance abuse and addiction are also big uses of telemedicine. Unfortunately, the technology is still ahead of many regulations. Patients need help not red tape preventing healthcare providers the ability to help the addicted.
The article, “Telemedicine and addiction recovery: A new way forward?” by Mary Tolan looks at the importance of telemedicine in helping individuals who face addiction and how to make it more efficient. She states,
“Will the future of addiction recovery take place on video conference screens and emailed notes? Even a few months ago, treating addiction patients remotely might seem like a stretch at first listen — metaphorically, geographically, and medicinally. But now, as the Covid-19 crisis puts pressure on outpatient providers to facilitate remote care, some addiction professionals have set aside that skepticism and opened digital care channels, willing to explore any avenue that might lead their patients out of the opioid epidemic’s grip and into a healthy future. ”
Covid19 has changed the landscape of healthcare forever and modern technology will continue to play a vital role. Now it is just a matter of the regulations and laws to catch up to the new technology. To read the entire article, please click here
Pharmacies and pharmacists are not immune to substance abuse. With the access they have and the professional livelihood at risk, it is important for ethical use of their position. Not only with themselves but with how drugs are dispensed.
The article, “Substance Abuse Poses Challenges in Pharmacies” by Ned Milenkovich states,
“A state pharmacy board generally does not allow a pharmacist to resume practicing if evidence shows that the individual in question has been involved in substance abuse. ”
Substance abuse unfortunately is a common theme in schools. Where education and security should be highest, the lure of drugs and addiction linger. This sad reality is something that needs fixed and through committed individuals, the war against drugs will one day be won.
The article, “Combating Substance Abuse in Schools” discusses the war on drugs in school and the uphill battle schools face. The article states,
“In recent years there have been significant increases in alcohol, drug and substance abuse across the country. This abuse has significantly impacted K-12 school-age students as well as those pursuing postsecondary education.”
Substance abuse and addiction cause havoc to the brain. The brain’s downward spiral as drugs destroy the mind body and spirit is a horrible cycle. Substance Abuse Counseling can help individuals overcome the abuse and find a better way to stop destroying their body and life.
Addiction like a monster starts with a perfectly innocent child and then starts the destructive process. The article, “Addiction often begins with a ‘beautiful’ boy or girl” by Robert Dupont illustrates the destruction of addiction and how it targets the most innocent. The article states,
“In the American mind, drug addiction happens only to people “born under a bad sign.” That’s just not true. Worse, it implies that success in life protects individuals from addiction. Throughout my 50-year career working on drug abuse prevention and treatment, I’ve often seen drug addiction befall every kind of person.”
Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs. With a certification, you can begin to confidently work with organizations that look to save the innocent from addiction.
A very indepth detail of substance abuse with illicit substances for adolescents and young adults shows some staggering figures that need corrected. Why are young adults and adolescents turning to these substances? Maybe better family life, better role models and better coping strategies are the answer? Whatever the answer, America has a huge problem as our younger population turn to drugs for a variety of answers. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Training.
The article and report, ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT SUBSTANCE .Federal Grants for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services and for Research, states,
“About 16 percent of adolescents and 38 percent of young adults used illicit substances in 2016. Most young adults who develop substance use disorders begin using in adolescence.
There are federal grants that fund drug addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults. But most of the stakeholders we talked to believed that there are too few studies about drug addiction treatment for adolescents, too few providers to treat these patients, and too few services to sustain their recovery.”
Substance abuse alters behaviors that are safe to a long life. It is not just physically dangerous but also behaviorally dangerous. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Training
The article, Substance abuse raises risk of premature death, by Appolonia Adeyemi states,
“Adolescents with serious conduct and substance use problems are five times more likely to die prematurely than their peers. Findings of a new study presented in the journal ‘Addiction,’ shows that substance- related deaths were the most common among teenagers indulging in substance abuse, in addition to traffic-related deaths, suicides and deaths resulting from assaults.”
The education of parents is very important in the battle against underage teen drinking.
The article, Educating parents, youth about underage substance abuse, by LOU FANCHER states
“Alcohol and drug prevention handouts distributed at five Contra Costa Behavioral Health regional community forums paint a not-pretty picture: youths in the large county’s five regions are experimenting at younger ages with more substances than ever before.”