What the Data Says

How Opioids Reprogram the Brain

The chemical properties of narcotics, along with chemical changes that occur in the brain and body when under the influence, is what leads to physical and psychological addiction. The cravings that lead the user to ingest more of these substances leads to long-term usage, while a persistent exposure to opioids in turn makes addiction all…

Examining the Cycle of Opioid Treatment

For those without firsthand understanding of opioid use disorder, the evolution of the situation seems to take a predictable pattern. Opioid use, either medicinal or recreational, becomes a dependency issue, which usurps a portion of the individual’s life and his or her family’s life. Then comes an intervention; next comes detoxification and rehabilitation; and then…

Facts and Figures on Substance Use Disorder, Globally, Nationally and Locally

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association offers substance use and mental health data by state, region or metropolitan area as well as other reports. National Institute on Drug Abuse Learn about the science of drug use and addiction and national trends and statistics. World Health…

Is Addiction a Chronic Brain Disease?

Addiction as a chronic brain disease continues to be debated, but a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that neuroscience supports addiction as a chronic brain disease. Not everyone views addiction as a chronic brain disease. Marc Lewis, Ph.D., neuroscientist and former addict, declares in his book, “The Biology of Desire:…

Best Practices in Managed Substance Use Disorder Treatment

At Beacon, recovery from substance use is not only possible—it’s expected. With more than 30 years of experience in managed care, we understand the unique challenges of addiction, and provide the right tools and resources to identify and treat substance use disorders and help individuals achieve and sustain long-term recovery. Beacon’s proven model of substance use…