Use, Abuse, and Potential Addiction to Various Drugs
I have posted below some of the most recent research, statistical trends, and epidemiological findings associated with the use, abuse and addictive potential of various mind altering substances, as well as research and information pertaining to other areas of behavioral health.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY "RECOVERY" ?
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has recently identified the following as a general "working" definition of "recovery" from Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorders:
" A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential."
For additional details of how such a recovery process is envisioned see the full article.
Addiction and Substance Abuse Related Issues:
-- An important article exploring parents and teens knowledge of the likely impacts of recreational marijuana legalization:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Funded Research:
-- Recent research indicated that among a large sample of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old who met the diagnostic criteria for opioid abuse or dependence, only 16 to 17 percent had received ANY substance abuse services or participatedd in treatment during the past year. (NIDA Notes, July 2012)
-- Recent research suggests that regular marijuana use by teens continues to be a concern. (NIDA Notes, July 2012)
-- The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Recently Announced the Results of 2012 Monitoring the Future Survey which is one of three national surveys monitoring the substance abuse patterns among teens. (NIDA Notes, December, 2012)
-- NIDA has developed a New Reference Resource Site providing information about the dangerous synthetic drug family known as "Bath Salts".
-- In October, 2012 NIDA announced the creation of "Family Checkup" -- a Positive Parenting Tool. Positive Parenting strategies have been associated a lower likelihood of adolescent substance abuse.
-- Recent research suggest individual differences in decision making style may may be predictive of Teen problems with substance abuse.
-- Recent research indicate that teens take more risks when driving with peers in their car.
-- Preliminary findings in studies on mice suggest that nicotine may "prime" the brain for cocaine use.
-- Recent updated research highlights the need for special treatment for individuals diagnosed with concurrent psychiatric and substance use disorders.
-- Recent research findings highlight the need for increased parental awareness of the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Funded Resaerch:
-- A study funded by the NIAAA suggests that primary care physicians often fail to discuss the dangers of excessive alcohol use with their young adult patients.
-- According to a recent research study funded by NIAAA, College students who post references to getting drunk, blacking out, or other aspects of dangerous drinking on social networking sites are more likely to have clinically significant alcohol problems than students who do not post such references.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Funded Resaerch:
-- The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) national survey for the period of 2005 to 2010 indicated that among older adolescents (aged 15 to 17) females were more likely to be admitted to emergency rooms for misuse or abuse of prescription drugs than males in the same age group.
-- The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) national survey for the period of 2005 to 2010 found that the number of emergency room visits related to ADHD stimulant medications that involved nonmedical use almost TRIPLED (from 5,212 to 15,585 visits).
-- The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) national survey for the period of 2010 reported over 11,000 emergency room visits involving synthetic cannabanoids (e.g., "K2", "Spice", etc.).
-- The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) national survey for the period of 2005 to 2010 indicated that emergency room visits involving energy drinks continue to be a serious public health concern.
-- The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) national survey for the period of 2005 to 2010 indicated that among adolescents aged that emergency room visits involving misuse or abuse of marijuana (aged 15 to 17) boys were more likely to be admitted to emergency rooms for misuse or abuse of prescription drugs than females in the same age group.
-- The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) national survey for the period of 2005 to 2009 reported an annual average of 23,000 emergency room visits for overdose on over the counter (OTC or non-prescription) sleep aids with NO other drug involvement. AND, of these 23,000 overdose cases, approximately 24% of these visits were the result of suicide attempts.
Hazelden Research Findings :
-- Various research findings, as well as anecdotal evidence, demonstrate the positive influence of peer support (e.g., non-professionally led support groups) on recovery from substance abuse.
Medscape Today News Website:
-- Recent research suggests that users of the synthetic cannabis known as "Spice" may be exposing themselves to a a greater risk of developing psychosis than those who only use "natural" cannabis derivatives.
-- Recent findings from the data drawn from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) survey for the period of 2005 to 2009 suggests an alarming increase in emergency room visits associated with "energy" drinks.