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Maternal Substance Abuse: The Dangers of Parental Addiction and Empowering Mothers to Embrace Recovery

Many women struggle with substance and alcohol abuse with 8.4 million having misused prescription drugs, 19.5 million having used illicit drugs, and 4% struggling with alcohol use disorder.  Of women struggling with substance abuse, many are mothers. About 1 in 8 children live in households with at least one parent with a substance use disorder …

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Prescription Drug Abuse: The Dangers of Prescription Opioid, Stimulant, and Depressant Abuse

Almost half of the American adult population uses prescription drugs, and almost six percent of Americans misuse prescription drugs. When abused, prescription drugs can disrupt one’s ability to carry out daily activities and enjoy a fulfilling life. Additionally, the abuse of prescription drugs can have dangerous and fatal consequences.  WHAT IS PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE? Intending …

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Move More: How Physical Activity Can Strengthen Addiction Recovery

Research shows that for those in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), physical exercise increases abstinence rates, eases withdrawal symptoms, and reduces anxiety and depression. In other words, by participating in enjoyable movement activities, you can improve your mental and physical health while furthering your recovery. You may even discover your new favorite pastime.  WAYS …

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Discovering Recovery From Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse

A TWO-WAY RELATIONSHIP Sexual assault is strongly associated with substance abuse. In a study involving substance abuse detoxification patients, 72% of the individuals reported experiencing past physical or sexual abuse.  A two-way relationship exists between sexual assault and substance abuse, with each heightening the risk of experiencing the other. The intoxicating effects of drugs and …

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Substance Abuse: A Treatable Public Health Issue

Twenty-two million Americans struggled with a drug or alcohol problem in 2005. In 2014, close to 50,000 people died from a drug overdose. With many cumulative consequences, the widespread issue of substance abuse has public health implications for communities, regions, and nations. Some of the public health implications of addiction include: Teenage pregnancy Adolescents who …

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Endurance Exercise and Addiction Recovery

Endurance exercise allows individuals to challenge themselves, embrace new experiences, and connect with others. In this presentation, discover the power of endurance, adventure, and community-based fitness in addiction recovery as well as how movement, exercise, and athleticism can foster healing and overall well-being. Featured Panelists: Executive Director of Wasatch Crest Rich McDonald CMHC Co-Founders of …

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The Opioid Overdose Crisis

The opioid overdose crisis is serious, widespread, and tragic. According to the CDC: From 1999 to 2019, there were almost 500,000 opioid overdose deaths. Over 70% of drug overdose deaths in 2019 involved an opioid. Opioid-involved death rates increased by over 6% between 2018 and 2019. Synthetic opioid-involved death rates increased by over 15%. Wasatch …

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Self-Harm and Addiction: Overcoming Self-Destructive Behaviors

WHAT IS SELF-HARM? Self-harm occurs when a person purposely hurts themself, many times as a desperate attempt to seek relief from emotional pain. By definition, self-harm is non-fatal, but the behavior is closely linked to suicidal ideation and actions, so any self-injurious behaviors should be taken seriously and attended to by mental health professionals.  While …

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