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Mobile Medical Apps: Tools to Help With Substance Use Disorder

In the United States drug and alcohol addiction relapse rates are between 40% and 60% (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2018). Technology is being utilized to decrease addiction relapse rates. The United States Drug and Food Administration has permitted marketing of a digital therapeutic app for substance use disorder, or SUD (Food and Drug Administration, 2017). The mobile medical application permitted by the FDA is named Reset. Reset application is used in combination with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulant SUD. Opioid dependence is not treated by the app (Food and Drug Administration, 2017). Digital therapeutics are mobile medical apps or online technologies...

The Disadvantages of Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives. What was originally meant to increase survival rates and aid instincts has now transitioned into an inextricably linked factor present in most all life experiences and interactions. Being overly stressed can have extremely negative effects on both physical and mental health. We live in a society that for some reason glorifies stress. We are more likely to praise the broke college student juggling their studies along with jobs and multiple campus organizations or an office tycoon balancing multiple accounts at once opposed to less involved lifestyles that are generally accompanied by less stress or stress...

The Important Role of Support in Child Mental Health Cases

Many often assume mental health problems can only affect adults. While it’s true adults are older and, therefore, have generally had more interactive experiences, children are equally as susceptible to mental health disparities. The United States has undeniably seen an increase in mental health cases over the last decade. “Today, mental health care represents 38 percent of children’s Medicaid spending, which is used by just 10 percent of juvenile Medicaid patients. But the benefits far outweigh the costs. Today’s investments help to heal children and produce resilient adults. In the long term, effective treatments not only save lives but have significant economic benefits, including savings...

The Increase of Mental Health Cases in Healthcare Facilities

Every year thousands of people seek help for mental health. Yet, hospitals and emergency rooms are understaffed and underprepared for the plethora of mental health patients waiting to be seen. Opinions on mental health vary widely and often exist on a gray scale. Some believe we are living in an age stricken with a mental health epidemic that only continues to grow while others believe the rise of the mental health diagnoses stems from laziness and fear of facing problems head on. The stigmatism surrounding mental health is dangerous on all sides--often times because it avoids the true core factors that cause mental health instability....

Drug Courts could Solve the Opioid Crisis

Two advisors for opioid recovery, Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the house and Van Jones, President of #cut50, proposed that drug courts could help solve the opioid crisis in America.  A woman by the name of Chelsea Carter grew up in the South and started using prescription drugs in her early teens. By her early 20’s she started stealing to support her opioid addiction. She was eventually arrested and faced with more than 20 years behind bars. Instead she was sentenced to treatment court. “In this special court, Chelsea met regularly with a case manager, counselor and treatment provider. She appeared frequently before a judge...

Treatment Versus Punishment: That is the Question!

Treatment Versus Punishment: That is the Question! Introduction Contrasting the relationship between social justice and juvenile justice I will analyze the differences of the two concepts which address juvenile delinquency in association with treatment and punishment. Using a theoretical aspect of my state of Florida with addressing a new implemented program and technique I explain how these can be effective for treatment and punishment for juvenile offenders. The effective measures for reducing crime all come down tothe important variables found in my statistical analysis of the crimes compared to three cities. Thesis I will explain the differences between the two concepts of treatment and punishment. Based on a...

The Rise of Eating Disorders in Modern-Day Society

Eating disorders have become extremely common, and, though they can affect everyone, they’ve become especially apparent amongst youth members of society. Often, eating disorders can be directly related to problems with control, anxiety, depression, abuse and/or addictions. As many celebrities have opened up about their struggles, the frequentness of eating disorders-related stories has increased awareness and apprehension. Troian Bellisario, a young actress who rose to fame via her lead role on Pretty Little Liars, is vocal and honest about her struggles with eating disorders. Bellisario claims, "I couldn't get anyone — even the people who loved me the most, even my boyfriend or my mother...

Cold-Turkey Detox Not a Cure for Addiction

Does detoxification cure addiction? Not according to a new movement within the addiction medicine field. In fact, this movement is challenging the entire notion that when a person cleanses his body of toxic chemicals he is on the road to recovery. “That’s a really pernicious myth, and it has erroneous implications,” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 9) Dr. Frederic Baurer, president of the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine, says. Baurer, who has been treating addiction for over 30 years adds, “The focus should be on a stabilizing treatment plan, not on detox” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 30). Elvis Rosado can testify to the need for such a plan. While he...

Methadone: Tapering Off and Taking Life Back

“We sometimes take the general idea that people with addiction issues can't choose or think for themselves” (Meyer, 2017, paragraph 4) says Laura Meyer, pioneer of the methadone tapering program. As a mental health professional, Meyer was used to person-centered treatment where clients get final say in how they want to live. She wanted a way to offer the same choices to addiction clients who wanted to taper off methadone. “I to see more choices in medication-assisted treatment,” She explains (Meyer, 2017, p.5). Meyer said that, at first, all she could offer the many patients who wanted to taper was hope. When she met a...

Man Thanks Paramedics After They Save His Life Twice in 24...

One man overdosed on heroin twice in 24 hours; he has paramedics to thank for still being alive. EMS workers responded and saved Steven Sundquist's life both times his overdoses were reported within a 24 hour period. For EMS, saving a drug addict twice in one day wasn’t unusual; however, what Sundquist did next was. Sundquist enrolled himself in a treatment program, got clean, and sent a thank you note to his rescuers. “I died. I never experienced an overdose in my life let alone two in the same day and it just freaked me the hell out” (Seltzer, 2017, paragraph 10), Sundquist said. “I knew...