Opioids Overdose Deaths

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Q.) What are opioids? Opioids, sometimes referred to as narcotics, are pain medications prescribed by medical doctors. Opioid medicines work by transporting through the blood and then connect to opioid receptors in brain cells. The opiate blocks pain messages and can enhance spirits and…

WARNING SIGNS OF ADDICTION

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.+   Q.) What are the statistics for substance abuse? 22.5 million people (8.5% of the U.S. population) aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2014, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) National Survey…

Women and Wine Culture

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Q.) What are excessive alcohol risks? Excessive alcohol use poses both health and safety risks to females, as their physical health is adversely impacted by heavy drinking, including risks for hypertension, cancer, stroke, liver disease, and alcohol-impaired accidents. There has been a troubling increase…

TIANEPTINE OR “GAS STATION HEROIN”

Q.) What is Tianeptine or “Gas Station Heroin”? Tianeptine is a prescription drug used for depression in some European, Asian, and Latin American countries. It is not approved for use in the US.   Q.) Why is Tianeptine known as “Gas Station Heroin”? Tianeptine is known as “gas station heroin” because it can mimic an…

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Why Do I Need Drug Addiction Treatment?

You’re struggling with a substance use disorder. Maybe you’ve tried quitting before and relapsed shortly after leaving rehab, or perhaps you’ve tried on your own and are wondering, do I need treatment? You’re not alone. Millions struggle with substance use disorder in the United States. Substance use doesn’t just affect the individual user. Instead, the…

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Does Addiction Affect Families?

When people are struggling with addiction, they often feel like it’s solely a personal experience. In fact, because of the devastating facts that addictive substances have on users, it might not be obvious to them how addiction affects families. When loved ones are struggling with addiction, their parents, children, and spouses often experience many negative…

17 Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing an Addiction Treatment Center

Trying to determine which addiction treatment center is right for you can be difficult. Sometimes we simply don’t know the right questions to ask. This list can help. This may be your first time with treatment, but it is not ours. Questions you may not know to ask: Is the person on the phone with…

Temptation During the Pandemic

With various lockdowns and social distancing, individuals are met with greater temptation to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms in attempt to combat feelings of anxiety, depression, seclusion and isolation. If you are dealing with a substance use disorder or mental health issue, you may find your situation compounded among the struggles of dealing with a…

Why are Women Drinking More

The number of women drinking and how much they are drinking is higher than it has ever been before. A 2017 study sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism revealed that from 2001 to 2013, the prevalence of alcohol use among women in the U.S. rose nearly 16%. And during the same…

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IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON INDIVIDUALS WITH A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

Argyle, Texas, May 7, 2020—Headlines scream continuously about COVID-19 – the number of cases, unemployment rates, vaccine progress, etc. Included in those headlines are stories focusing on the vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19. Among those in that population are people with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). These individuals and their families, friends, colleagues and neighbors…