Mental Health

Inhalant Abuse: On the Rise, Hard to Treat, and Often Fatal

Abusing inhalants wreaks havoc on the body and treatment is often very difficult.

While the nation’s opioid addiction takes up the spotlight, there’s another deadly threat lurking in the shadows: inhalant abuse. Here’s the problem with inhalant abuse – most of these potentially lethal products are perfectly legal to possess and readily available in every household. Inhalants can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, and garages. There are thousands […]

Delaware is Tired of Losing Its Citizens to Overdose

Will Delaware's new Senate Bill 111 help to improve state addiction services?

Last year, 300 Delaware residents died from overdose. Compared to other states’ death tolls, that might not sound like much, but don’t let the numbers fool you. Since 2015, Delaware has seen a 35 percent increase in overdose fatalities. It’s also a significant portion of the population, considering the entire state is home to less […]

What Our Neighbor’s Suicide Taught Me

Behind closed doors, my neighbor was struggling with addiction and depression.

Our neighbor seemed to have it all: a great job, a nice house, a large circle of friends. But behind closed doors, his life wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Over the years, he’d struggled with debilitating depression and alcoholism. Although he’d gone to several fancy rehabs, he never stayed sober very long. We frequently saw […]

The Stress of Natural Disasters Lingers Long After Landfall

Post-disaster, loss and devastation can trigger many people to use drugs and alcohol.

It feels like the U.S. is imploding – from Hurricane Harvey tearing through Texas, Hurricane Irma on its destructive path toward Florida, and the raging and unrelenting forest fires in Oregon, Los Angeles, and Montana threatening highly populated areas and decimating areas of natural beauty. As a nation, we are in a state of extreme […]

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