Increased Access to Treatment is Necessary for COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Workers Who Face Extraordinary Stress 24/7, Often Bringing on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

If our nation’s frontline healthcare workers continue to be driven by the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic to the point of high levels of mental health and substance use/abuse issues, who will the general public turn to for healthcare support? Unfortunately, this is already a valid question our country’s leaders need to be asking themselves,…

5 Risk Factors—Besides the COVID Pandemic—That May Contribute to Addiction in Nurses

The current COVID-19 pandemic, having increased the overall stress (and in many cases, trauma) of countless healthcare workers in the U.S., can be counted as one of a significant number of challenges facing nurses today. Given these present demands have wide-ranging effects on the physical, mental and emotional dimensions of nurses’ lives, it makes sense…

Controlled Substance Diversion—esp. Opioid Drug Thefts—in U.S. Hospitals on the Rise: Multiple Studies and Reports

A four-year study and a number of reports by healthcare organizations, including The Joint Commission (the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare), as well as an NPR report (Oct. 2020), point to a substantial increase in hospital drug thefts, tied to healthcare workers struggling with substance use disorders. According to a…

The ABCs of MAT—Medically Assisted Treatment—including Commonly Used Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder (Alcoholism)

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol—either alcohol abuse or alcohol dependency/alcoholism—Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) may be the “game-changer” to consider. MAT is, in essence, the use of medications combined with behavioral therapies to help people recover from any substance use disorder (in this case, alcohol use disorder). Numerous research studies have…

4 Activities You Can Add to Your Recovery Routine to Improve Your Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health

Often enough, those of us who strive to live a “clean-and-sober” life wonder to ourselves, “What more can I be doing to strengthen my recovery foundation?” And it’s actually a fair question to be asking regularly, especially if we’re in the first year of our recovery. Given how a substance use disorder had taken over…