Addiction

High at the Office: Four Things You Should Know about Workplace Opioid Abuse

High at the Office: Four Things You Should Know about Workplace Opioid Abuse

If a close friend or family member became addicted to their opioid medication, changes in their behavior would likely tip you off that something was wrong. But what about another group of people you see every day: your employees? Although addiction in general is often portrayed in popular culture as impossible to hide, many people do hide their addiction successfully for years from all...
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Recovering from Opioid Addiction: Addressing the Brain

Recovering from Opioid Addiction: Addressing the Brain

This country is facing an unprecedented epidemic of opioid addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) now estimates that as many as million Americans are addicted to either heroin, prescription pain killers, or some combination of the two. Why are so many people addicted substances that are known to ruin lives? To be able to answer this question, we have to start with the brain.

The effect of opioids on the brain is unique, intense,...
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How to Spot Depression in Children, Teens and Aging Family Members

How to Spot Depression in Children, Teens and Aging Family Members

Soon, the whole family will be gathered at your house for presents, laughter, and we hope, good cheer. This is a great time of year to be watchful and observe how your loved ones are doing. If anyone is irritable or sad, how do you know whether they are having a bad day or week or dealing with depression? If it is something as serious as...
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