Addictive substances such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs are accessible to West Virginia adolescents and use can have severe consequences. The use of these substances can begin in the teenage years, so it is crucial parents understand that teens who experiment with these substances are putting their health and safety at risk and increasing their chances of becoming dependent on them. Continue reading
If you are thinking about seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one, you are not alone. According to a National Survey on Drug Health and Use, 19.7 million Americans (ages 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. In that same year, 8.5 million American adults suffered from a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders. Furthermore, nearly one in five U.S. adults (46.6 million) lived with a mental illness in 2017. The numbers of people suffering from addiction and or living with mental illness are astonishing.
Each year, tens of thousands of people lose their lives to drug overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths in the United States rose in 2019 by a projected 4.8%, erasing a slight decline in 2018 and setting a new record high. The CDC reported 70,980 projected overdose deaths in 2019, more than the previous record of 70,699 deaths set in 2017, and experts fear that drug overdose numbers could be even more deadly this year, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. More than 40 states have already reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder. Continue reading
Seneca Health Services, with locations throughout southeastern West Virginia, has provided quality behavioral health services for over 40 years. We provide accessible and affordable services to adults, children and adolescents with mental illnesses, substance use disorder and developmental disabilities. Many of our employees have over ten years of experience working with us and the populations we serve. Continue reading
Veterans will be able to receive mental-health care for at least a year after they leave the military Continue reading