First responders struggling with addiction and the risk factors for substance use disorder

To Our First Responders Battling Addiction: There’s Hope for You

If you work as a first responder, I’d like to start by saying thank you. Secondly, if you are one of the millions of first responders battling addiction, I want to tell you, there is hope.  We all owe a great debt of gratitude to our local emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers. You…

Prescription opioids and opioid addiction

What Makes Prescription Opioids So Dangerous?

If you’ve skimmed the headlines in recent years, you know prescription opioid addiction is a true American crisis.  And things are only getting worse. The CDC reported a 38% increase in deaths by opioid overdose from December 2019 to December 2020.  Maybe, when you see this statistic, you think to yourself, “That’s so sad. I’m…

Woman holding prescription pain medicine

When Does Prescription Pain Medicine Become a Problem?

Just this morning, my husband said, “My knee hurts. Must have slept on it funny.”    I chimed in, “Yeah? I did something to my shoulder. It’s been giving me trouble for days.”    And here we are, folks.    Our bodies—these glorious things that once rolled around on the ground with friends, powered through…