Understanding the Ten Risk Factors for Addiction
Addiction is a complex and multifaceted issue that can impact individuals from all walks of life. It’s not solely a matter of weak willpower; rather, addiction arises from a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. By understanding the risk factors associated with addiction, we can take proactive steps to prevent its development and provide better support to those who may be at risk. Look at the ten key ... Continue Reading »
6 signs you could benefit from talk therapy
At GameChanger, we believe prevention and early intervention are keys to curbing the opioid crisis.
Considering youths and teens struggling with mental health illnesses are twice as likely to develop addiction, prevention often starts with reaching out for professional help (1). But how can you tell if you need it— and where do you find it?
Let’s discuss six signs you could benefit from talk therapy and where to start ... Continue Reading »
Is Addiction Hereditary?
Research suggests as much as half of a person’s risk for developing addiction depends on genetics (1).
If nearly 50 percent of addiction risk boils down to biology, does this mean addiction is hereditary and unpreventable? Not entirely.
Let’s explore “addiction genes,” why substance use is more than your DNA, and what you can do to prevent it.
Are there Addiction Genes?
When scientists refer to “... Continue Reading »
Preventing Teen Substance Abuse Through the Holidays
The holiday season is supposed to be joyful, butstudies reveal that the holiday season is a risk factor for teen and adolescent substance misuse, with relapses occurring frequently as the year comes to an end (1).
There are several reasons contributing to the use of drugs and alcohol over the holiday season according to nationally certified School Psychologist and Gamechanger’s Director of Prevention, Kim Legg.
“One of the reasons first ... Continue Reading »
Holiday Blues? 5 Ways to Keep Spirits Up This Holiday Season
While holidays are marked by joy and celebration, nearly 90 percent of Americans admit to feeling higher stress and lower mood during the season (1).
And as it turns out, youths and teens are not immune to the same feelings of loneliness, and sadness as the year comes to an end. According to nationally certified School Psychologist, Kim Legg, the same stressors that impact adults’ moods during the holiday season can affect ... Continue Reading »
The Dangers of Fentanyl: An EMT’S Perspective
Despite its well-established grip in Appalachia, the West Virginia opioid epidemic hasn’t always looked the same. The crisis has changed, ebbed, and flowed to reveal new challenges along the way.
It’s a familiar pattern, according to 29-year-old Paramedic, Nathan Weese, who describes opioid-related emergencies as arriving in “waves”. Public health experts echo his theory, crediting the epidemic’s first wave to over-prescribed opioids in the mid-1990s, followed ... Continue Reading »
What is “stigma”—and how it impacts addiction.
There are many obstacles when it comes to facing substance misuse.
Navigating withdrawal, repairing friendships and coming to terms with the aftermath of addiction.
These are examples of the hard parts we can see. Did you know there’s another challenge that goes unseen, but is felt by nearly every person battling addiction?
It’s called stigma. And it’s rooted in the myth that addiction is not a disease, ... Continue Reading »
The Effects Of Substance Use On Appearance
In 2019, West Virginia had the highest drug overdose-related death rate in the US, coming in at a staggering 52.8% per 100,000 residents. Outside of Delaware (48%), the closest ranking states to West Virginia were Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, proving that the drug epidemic is happening right in our backyard.
Drug usage results in a number of unhealthy consequences, from dissension within the family to self-disfigurement. Read on to discover how substance abuse can ... Continue Reading »
The Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Chances are you or someone you know has been affected by substance abuse or addiction. In 2018, West Virginia ‘led’ all other states in opioid-related deaths occurring per 100,000 residents with a total of 42.4%, nearly 10% higher than the next leading state.
This doesn’t have to be your fate. We know this topic is a personally sensitive issue to most people. Below we discuss some of the major causes of substance use ... Continue Reading »