Substance Abuse Counselor Continuing Education

How long does it take to detox from alcohol?

When a person is dependent on alcohol, not drinking can be a challenge. An alcohol detox occurs once a person stops drinking, and alcohol starts to leave the person’s system. But how long does the detox process take? While a person goes through alcohol detox, they can develop several symptoms…

Oxycodone: How long does it stay in the system?

Oxycodone is a highly addictive opioid medication that can treat short- and long-term pain. How long it stays in a person’s system depends on several factors. People who use oxycodone may worry about its effects on employer drug tests. They may also wonder how long it will remain in breast…

How to look after your mental health during a pandemic

As part of the global response to the pandemic, the citizens of many countries are having to stay at home. However, prolonged isolation can take its toll on mental health. In this Special Feature, mental well-being advocates share their top tips on what you can do to cope with anxiety…

COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers at risk of mental health problems

A new study has examined the mental health of nearly 1,300 healthcare workers in China who dealt with COVID-19 patients. The research looked at symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. Jianbo Lai, from the department of psychiatry at the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine in…

How smoking, vaping and drug use might increase risks from Covid-19

Earlier this month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Covid-19 recommendations to specifically target older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions. They labeled this group as “higher risk.” However, another group of people could be particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and hasn’t received as much attention: people who smoke,…