Successful Approaches for Treating Substance Use Disorder

In 2019, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that 35 million people struggle with some form of substance use disorder, including drug or alcohol use disorders, during their lifetime [1]. That’s around 13% of the world’s population.   Substance use disorders can greatly impact a person’s ability to lead a productive […]

How Stigmas Surrounding Substance Use Disorder Create Barriers for Care

As of 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that about 270 million people worldwide, or more than 5% of the population, between ages 15-64, use illegal and/or psychoactive drugs [1], including cannabis, opioids and prescription pain medication, and psychostimulants such as amphetamines, cocaine, and heroine [2]. Of these 270 million, as of 2019, it […]

The Physical Experience of Recovery From Addiction

Since ancient times, healers have performed cleansing rituals for unwanted spirits. This is a tradition that spans many religions, but is particularly important in the practice of Buddhism. The early physical experiences of recovery are closely related to this spiritual practice. In Western terminology, the initial physical state after removing a drug from the body […]