man showing signs of opioid overdose

Do You Know the Signs of an Opioid Overdose?

It’s no news that the United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. The abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers — opioids like oxycodone, vicodin, percocet, methadone, and hydrocodone — continue to be the leading cause of unintentional death for Americans. In 2014, 28,647 of drug overdose deaths involved some type of opioid,…

man struggling with mental illness and addiction

Mental Illness and Addiction: Exploring the Connection

May is Mental Health Month, led by Mental Health America (MHA), so what better time to discuss the link between addiction and mental illness? More and more experts are seeing a lot of overlap between the conditions. In fact, about 37 percent of alcoholics and 53 percent of those with a drug addiction have at…

man and the benefits of pet therapy recovery

Benefits of Pet Therapy During Recovery

Teens and young adults face many challenges as they work to find their unique place in the world, especially while they struggle with substance misuse or a dual diagnosis like depression or anxiety. The Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine says pet therapy programs can…