I realized I had to deal with the painful secrets and trauma underlying my addiction in order to find a pathway to recovery.
Those with obsessive-compulsive disorder and other serious anxieties face uniquely difficult mental health battles, including trying to distinguish concerns brought on by their conditions from general fears shared by the public about COVID-19.
Researchers found that Alcoholics Anonymous was more effective than behavioral therapies when it came to helping people remain abstinent.
Vaping and e-cigarettes have become an epidemic. This is a serious public health and women’s health problem because many adolescents and young people have started vaping recently, and vaping is now associated with deaths and of severe lung injuries.
When pregnant women with a substance use disorder – or history of opioid dependence or addiction – are preparing for labor they need to have good communications with their doctors about their exposure to opioids during labor and delivery, and afterwards.
HealthyWomen is helping to combat the opioid epidemic by working with the Legal Action Center, women state legislators, and others to spread understanding of the disease of opioid use disorder (OUD), and best practices for treating OUD.
Parents need to be concerned about what kids are using in vaping devices (also known as e-cigarettes) since they can contain marijuana and not just nicotine and flavorings.
Women who are pregnant of breastfeeding their infants should avoid marijuana since THC (one of the active compounds in marijuana) can easily cross the placenta and accumulate in the brain and fat of the fetus, and this can harm the fetus or their baby.
Pregnant women struggling with drug or alcohol addiction are especially vulnerable, but there are support options available.
19 Apr 2018Pregnancy & Postpartum
The FDA argues that kratom is a potentially dangerous opioid and needs to be tightly regulated, but some researchers say it's a safer alternative for pain relief.
02 Mar 2018Medication Safety
In yet another example of how far-reaching the fallout from America's opioid epidemic is, researchers report that babies exposed to these narcotics while in the womb run the risk of certain head and neck abnormalities.
22 Jan 2018Pregnancy & Postpartum