A look at the Most Commonly Abused Drugs in Florida

“Florida drug-induced deaths exceed the national rate.” –CDC The veil of normalcy dissolves when drug use turns into drug addiction and abuse. In 2007, nearly 2,936 people in Florida died as a direct consequence of drug use. Family members and close friends may begin to worry about changes in behavior, demeanor, appearance and performance, leading …

What is Substance Abuse?

Many cringe when hearing the words substance abuse because of the countless lives that have been affected by this dark truth. The World Health Organization reported that at least 15.3 million persons in the world have drug use disorders. Alcohol and prescription drugs, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, are a just few examples of popular …

Diagnosing, Understanding And Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

What A Co-Occurring Disorder Is Individuals who struggle with substance abuse sometimes struggle with mental health disorders as well. Called co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, they can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. Mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders are often entwined due to the ability of some drugs to mask or relieve some symptoms …