Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

Diversity and toleranceDespite ongoing efforts to banish bullying of people who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) reports that people who identify with the group face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges more often than people who are heterosexual. The NIH says this group not only faces a greater risk of harassment and violence but also run an increased risk for various behavioral health issues, including addiction. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports that teenaged lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are two times more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol than their straight peers. Continue reading

Men’s Health Month & Addiction

Men's Health Month AddictionCelebrated across the country with screenings, fairs, media appearances and outreach activities, June is Men’s Health Month. The purpose of the campaign is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. It also provides a great opportunity to encourage males to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for illness and injury.Men and Health

Since first launching in 1994, the observance has spurred thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. In our efforts to address one of the most startling and pervasive health problems facing men today, MFI offers an array of services tailored to help men (and women) conquer substance abuse as well as other physical and mental health-related conditions. Continue reading

Veterans and Substance Abuse

memorial day message with soldier and daughter holding americanAs we wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month and celebrate Memorial Day, we thought it appropriate to devote our final May blog post to a subject that is as prevalent as it is sad – veterans and substance abuse. Studies show Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is tied strongly to substance use problems, particularly when the PTSD is tied to military service. Regardless of the root cause of PTSD, affected persons often try to mask their symptoms by self-medicating. Ironically, people with problems relative to drugs and/or alcohol are more likely than the general population to develop PTSD. Continue reading

Overdose

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While few deny that drug and alcohol use compromise quality of life for millions of affected Americans, its close companion, Overdose (OD), dramatically claims life itself. In fact, OD is currently the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction drives the epidemic, with more than 47,700 overdose-related deaths associated with prescription opioids and illicit drugs (heroin and illicit fentanyl). Continue reading

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Part of Whole Person Care

Hand of doctors holding many different pillsThousands of rehab and recovery centers across the country offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which often consists of little more than writing and fulfilling prescriptions. In stark contrast, the MAT Therapy that MFI offers is part of whole-person care. Like a warm blanket enveloping alcohol and drug addicts at their time of need, our personalized plans include many scientific-based tools in combination, to help clients persevere during and after treatment. Continue reading