In the United States, substance use and mental illness runs rampant. Inside Addiction is dedicated to keeping you up to date on the latest headlines about addiction and mental health disorders. Here are your top news stories for the week of Sep. 3–7.

September Is National Recovery Month

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month, allowing people across the United States raise awareness for substance use and mental health disorders. During the month, individuals can plan or attend a Recovery Month event or create a blog or social media post about the realities of addiction, mental illness or recovery. [SAMHSA]

1 in 5 Young Adults With Autism Experience Depression, Study Indicates

Depression is a mental health epidemic in the United States. The disorder is particularly prevalent among individuals with autism. According to a study in the journal JAMA Network Open, about 20 percent of young adults with autism also deal with depression. Many of these individuals are cognizant of their intellectual disabilities, which makes them more susceptible to depression. [WebMD]

Alcohol Is the Leading Cause of Disease and Death Worldwide

A study published in the journal The Lancet indicated that alcohol contributes to the deaths of about 2.8 million people each year, making the substance the leading cause of disease and death worldwide. Among people ages 15 to 49, alcohol is involved in 1 in 10 deaths. [USA Today]

Counselor and CEO Pushing for More Mental Health Funding

In the aftermath of a mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, a Jacksonville counselor and CEO is asking the general public to contact elected officials in Florida and emphasize to them the importance of mental health treatment. Florida lags behind many states in mental health funding, and 1 in 5 kids in Duval County grapples with mental illness. [First Coast News]

1 in 10 American Children Are Diagnosed with ADHD, Study Finds

The prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among American children is increasing. Researchers at the University of Iowa found that about 10.2 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 4 and 17 have diagnosed ADHD — an increase from 6.2 percent in 1998. The study stated that children living in poverty are at an increased risk of developing the disorder. [CNBC]

After Son’s Overdose, Photographer Aims to Document Addiction

After her 26-year-old son died of a drug overdose, photographer Simone Ochrym embarked on a storytelling project that unearthed the realities of substance use disorders. A resident of Webster, New York, Ochrym photographed 15 portraits of men and women recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. She told reporters that the goal of the project is to help spread awareness for addiction and promote prevention. [Democrat and Chronicle]

Performing Comedy Helped Stephen Colbert Control Anxiety and Xanax Use

Comedian Stephen Colbert opened up to Rolling Stone magazine about his experiences with anxiety after he and his wife married and had their first child. When he was a struggling comedian early in his career, Colbert experienced a nervous breakdown and used Xanax. However, his anxiety lessened when he performed stand-up routines on stage. He said that continuously performing has helped him stave off anxious feelings. [Rolling Stone]

North Dakota’s First Lady Discusses Her Addiction Recovery

For years, North Dakota First Lady Helgaas Burgum struggled with alcohol addiction. In a public appearance, she described herself as once being a high-functioning alcoholic, which is a person who appears to function normally despite being addicted to alcohol. Burgum said her life revolved around alcohol until she sought inpatient treatment. She is now in recovery. [Grand Forks Herald]

Alcohol Involved in Cranberries Singer’s Death

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Cranberries, accidentally drowned in a bathtub after drinking alcohol, according to an Associated Press report. A toxicology examination indicated that her blood-alcohol level was about four times higher than the legal limit. The musician was found dead in a London hotel on Jan. 5, 2018. [The Washington Post]

Kratom Poisonings Are Increasing Nationwide

Kratom is a federally unregulated herbal product that was recently classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an opioid. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the number of poisonings involving kratom in the United States increased from 97 in 2016 to 635 so far in 2018. The FDA says that the active ingredient in kratom, mitragynine, is addictive. The substance has been linked to at least 44 deaths nationwide. [Pocono Record]

If you’re dealing with mental illness or a substance use disorder, treatment can help. At The Recovery Village, trained addiction experts can create a treatment plan to fit your specific needs. Each facility provides a safe and secure location for you to heal. To learn more about addiction treatment, contact The Recovery Village today.

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