Post-traumatic stress syndrome, more commonly known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a mental condition that often comes hand-in-hand with addiction. PTSD a daily struggle for anyone who copes with it. If you aren’t prepared to handle it, PTSD can have a negative impact on everything from your home life to your social life. Even your job could suffer if you don’t have the right recovery-related coping skills for your PTSD. Most workplace environments are full of triggers that can threaten both your mental health and your sobriety. Fortunately, dealing with PTSD triggers in the workplace isn’t impossible. Learning the kinds of measures you should take to manage your PTSD during addiction recovery in a healthy way will allow you to make progress without compromising your work performance.
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Most of us are taught throughout our lives that giving is more important than receiving. We are expected to treat others with compassion, empathy, and kindness. While this is indeed very important for leading a happy and healthy life, it’s just as important to hold ourselves to the same standard. This means being kind to ourselves through acts of self-care. Yet, it seems that treating others well comes more naturally than taking care of ourselves. When it comes to practicing self-care, it can often feel unnatural or even selfish— especially during recovery.
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According to new data released by the CDC, the number of emergency room visits for opioid overdoses has increased 30% over the span of 14 months. During this time, a total of 1.27 million Americans reportedly needed urgent medical care for opioid-related issues. However, this is not the first time the United States has experienced such a drastic increase in opioid-related ER admissions.
A 2017 Statistical Brief by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) showed a similar spike in hospitalizations. According to the AHRQ’s report, the number of opioid-related hospitalizations nationwide increased by 64% over the course of nine years. During this same time, the number of ER admissions for opioid overdose nearly doubled.
What’s troubling about the AHRQ’s findings is that they show twice the number of opioid-related hospitalizations from the CDC’s report, which was only just released earlier this March. In other words, half a decade’s worth of opioid cases flooded hospitals in just this past year. More information about both reports is shown below.
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The most recent data shows that roughly 23.5 million Americans are struggling with addiction. This number has slowly grown over the last couple years. The White House seems to have made some progress in combatting this by putting in requests for more government spending. However, much of the public feels that the Trump administration’s impact on the opioid crisis has been minimal. The action that it has taken against the opioid crisis so far dates back to March of last year. This was near the end of Trump’s first 100 days as President of the United States. Here is what the Trump administration has accomplished— or at least set in motion— over the last few months.
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Cesarean sections, more commonly called C-sections, are the most common inpatient surgery in American hospitals. Studies have shown that roughly 1.3 million expectant mothers have this procedure every year. Following this procedure, it’s not unusual for doctors to prescribe opioid painkillers for mothers recovering from surgery.
Prescriptions drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone are the standard for managing discomfort following a C-section. However, the number of pills prescribed depends entirely on the provider. This means that the amount of opioid medication prescribed for pain management may be disproportional to what patients need.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with several state public health and regulatory offices, are investigating the cause of a multistate Salmonella outbreak.
The outbreak is thought to have started between October 2017 and January of this year. A reported total of 28 people— from 20 different states— have contracted a strain of salmonella I as of February 16, 2018. While there have been 11 cases of hospitalization, there have been no deaths so far.
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The opioid crisis was recently labeled a national health emergency. More than 240,000 people have died between 1999 and 2017. About 65,094 have died in the last year alone. As opioid overdose rates continue to rise higher than they’ve ever been, experts in science and medicine are scrambling to find a solution that will effectively turn the tide of the opioid crisis. Thankfully, one team of scientists in London may have found one. This team developed a nasal spray that relieves pain without the risk of opioid dependence or potential overdose in patients.
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On January 26th, 2018, barely one month into the New Year, the community of St. Lucie County witnessed one of the biggest drug busts in Florida’s recent history. Operation Big Mi-Steak, a lengthy joint-effort investigation by local law enforcement and several government agencies, saw to the takedown of dozens at a Steak ‘n Shake located off Okeechobee Road. It was here that authorities discovered a small group of drug dealers distributing a variety of illicit substances to their customers under the guise of regular restaurant operations. A total of 42 people, including 15 drug dealers, were arrested.
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The opioid crisis has caused considerable physical, emotional, and financial strain on the people of the United States. Local governments from cities across the country have already begun filing lawsuits against Big Pharma’s most influential and allegedly corrupt businesses. Back in late December 2017, the official representatives of Delray Beach announced that they’re entering the ring as well. The city’s people and its leaders are demanding accountability and compensation from the drug makers that play a part in the opioid crisis. So far, Delray Beach is the first city in Florida to take Big Pharma to court.
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Premature aging is a side effect related to a number of poor habits. Still, many don’t seem to realize just how much it can be exacerbated by the abuse of drugs or alcohol. However, what most people don’t know about premature aging is that it can more than a skin-deep issue. Addiction-based premature aging has more to do with longevity and quality of life than it does with appearances. Here are just a few examples of the effects that substance abuse and addiction can have on the normal aging process.
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