Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse
Beginning in 2011, October became National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This is a month dedicated to raising awareness about substance abuse and a call to action for prevention. Substance abuse has effects on both an individual level as well as a community level – giving us plenty of reason to stay informed and do our part to guide people toward help and provide support and prevention.
Substance abuse overdose is epidemic in our society. Statistics show that in 2019 over 7 million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 20 reported that they drank more than a sip of alcohol in the previous month. 20% of seniors in high school report they have taken prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them. And the overall overdose rate in Americans rose by 4% from 2018 to 2019.
Not only do Americans begin to abuse drugs and alcohol an earlier age, but the abuse is following many in our society through the remainder of their adult lives. For example, substance abuse has reached outrageously high levels in the senior citizen community. Studies indicate that 33% of alcoholics developed their problem in their later years of life.
A smile is often your first impression when meeting new people, interviewing for a job, or even going on a date. For those whose smile has been affected by prolonged drug use, meeting new people or being asked to be in photos can be an uncomfortable situation. One of the first things those in recovery seek is a dentist who can help remedy their lack of oral health while in the throes of addiction.
We recently spoke with Dr. Ari Socher of Renumi Mobile, a mobile dentistry dedicated to helping clients in substance abuse rehabilitation treatment centers. Dr. Socher, who has worked in the dental field for nine years, spoke on his experiences in treating these individuals and how drugs damage a person’s physical health and appearance.
It was 3 a.m. and I heard my front door slam shut. My sister came home from a long night of partying and I knew something didn't feel right. Everyone in my shoes has experienced that feeling. It's the feeling in your gut when your intuition is telling you something isn't right. I knew my sister Jessica was having her fun with her college friends because after all, that's what twenty-somethings do, right? But when she started sleeping in longer than usual, missing classes, and drinking every night, that was when my parents and I had to intervene. I noticed…
Substance abuse is on the rise in most age and gender groups in the United States, and that includes America’s teen population. While certain categories of drugs have leveled off, alcohol, inhalants and prescription opiate use have continued to climb. These substances pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of America’s teens.
While some experimentation has become an expected part of adolescence, occasional use can quickly turn into abuse and then addiction faster than you realize. Teens will begin engaging in alcohol and drug abuse for a variety of reasons, like trying to fit in with certain groups. They may be trying to act/feel older, and some just like to chase the high because they find it exciting. Regardless of the reason, any alcohol and drug abuse among teenagers is extremely dangerous and needs to be taken very seriously.