Traumatic experiences aren’t rare. The National Center for PTSD, which is part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, conducts research on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. They estimate that half of Americans have experienced a traumatic event. Men who have experienced a traumatic event have a 1 in 10 chance of developing PTSD, and women have a 1 in 5 chance of doing so. If you have experienced trauma, you should know that you are not alone and that there is treatment for PTSD available.
Our first April is Alcohol Awareness 5k Walk/Run was held at the St. Cloud Lakefront on April 14, 2018. It was a beautiful day with clear skies and lots of sunshine. The 5k Walk/Run was held in partnership with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to raise awareness for alcohol abuse and that recovery is possible. Many of our sponsors and partners, including St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee Police Department, the Health Insurance Store, and DaVita Medical Group, were at the event sharing information with walk/run participants.
Topics: Alcohol Dependence
In 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey showed that 623,000 adolescents in the US, ages 12-17, struggle with alcohol use disorder. So, what is alcohol use disorder and how can you prevent it?
Topics: medication assisted treatment
In 2013, an estimated 18 million people struggled with symptoms of alcohol dependence or abuse. However, only 1.4 million - less than 10% - received any type of treatment. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism along with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommend medication assisted treatment (MAT) for the treatment of moderate to severe alcohol use disorder.
Young people face many challenges. Balancing school work, creating healthy friendships and planning for the future can be stressful enough without adding drug and alcohol use to the mix. But alcohol and drug use is a reality among teens. Did you know that 23% of 8th graders and 42% of 10th graders have tried alcohol at least once?
What is self-love? This phrase has been receiving a lot of buzz on self-help and wellness blogs, but what does it really mean and how can it affect your mental health?
Topics: mental health tips
Prescription painkillers are prescribed to patients who experience high levels of pain, typically associated with surgical procedures and with chronic pain. Because prescription painkillers are opioid medications, they are effective when it comes to reducing pain but should be taken with caution and under the supervision of a primary care physician due to their highly addictive nature.
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly 19 million adults in the US experience at least one major depressive episode every year. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in America. Sometimes referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it is different from less severe feelings of sadness. The good news is that depression is highly treatable. In this blog, we'll go over how to treat depression.
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug. By 2012, over half a million Americans surveyed by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that they had used heroin in the past year. Treatment that combines specific addiction medication and behavioral therapy, called medication assisted treatment, has been proven to be effective in treating individuals recovering from heroin addiction. In this blog, you’ll learn more about what heroin is and what your treatment options are when it comes to heroin abuse.
Topics: medication assisted treatment
The holidays can be stressful, particularly if you are coping with anxiety or depression, or if you are trying to maintain sobriety. Learn how to deal with stress during the holidays and follow these tips to boost your mental health throughout the holiday season.