For Mental Health Awareness Mon
RICHMOND, Va., May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to increase understanding of the importance of mental health and break the stigma associated with mental illness. Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a type of mental illness that affects a person’s brain and behavior, causing them to be unable to control their use of substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medication.1 In addition, some people with SUD suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses.2 As SUD and overdose deaths across America reach an all-time high, one man’s story offers cause for hope.3
“I tell my story to let other people who suffer from OUD know that there is hope and a way forward.”
The number of people suffering from mental illness has increased in the United States, with nearly one in five adults suffering from a mental illness in 2020, a problem that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.4.5 According to the 2021 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration report, approximately 5.7 million adults ages 18 and older with serious mental illnesses are affected by substance abuse, and 47.8% of illicit drug users have at least one serious mental illness.6 The need for access to effective treatments for both mental illness and SUD has never been more urgent.
Despite the increasing number of people struggling with SUD and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), Indivior seeks to instill hope by sharing one man’s personal journey to recovery. Through his story, Kyle of Kansas City wants to inspire others to seek help from family, friends, and healthcare professionals.
“After several years of trying to recover, I was able to find a treatment plan that worked well for me, and I’m proud to say I haven’t touched an illegal drug in over three years,” said Kyle. “I am telling my story to let other people suffering from OUD know that there is hope and a way forward. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’ll be amazed at what you can do if you stay on the road to recovery. ”
“Patient stories like Kyle’s fuel our passion and remind us of the importance of the work we do every day. deadline recovery”, said Christian HeidebrederChief Scientific Officer, Individual.
About Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a chronic illness in which people develop a pattern of opioid use that can lead to negative outcomes. OUD can affect the parts of the brain necessary for life-support functions.7
Indivior is a global pharmaceutical company working to transform the lives of patients by developing medicines to treat substance use disorders (SUD) and serious mental illness. Our vision is that all patients around the world have access to evidence-based treatment for the chronic diseases and comorbidities of SUD. Indivior is dedicated to transforming SUD from a global human crisis into a recognized and treated chronic disease. Building on its global portfolio of OUD treatments, Indivior has a pipeline of product candidates designed to both expand its legacy in this category and potentially address other chronic conditions and co-occurring SUD disorders, including alcohol and cannabis use disorders. Headquartered in the United States in Richmond, VA, Indivior employs more than 900 people worldwide and its product portfolio is available in over 40 countries worldwide. Visitwww.indivior.comto learn more. Connect with Indivior on LinkedIn by visitingwww.linkedin.com/company/individual.
- Substance use and co-occurring mental disorders. (nd). National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/substance-use-and-mental-health#:%7E:text=A%20substance%20use%20disorder%20(SUD,drugs%2C%20alcohol% 2C%20or%20medicines.
- The link between substance use disorders and mental illness. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Part 1. Part 1: The link between substance use disorders and mental illness | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
- American Medical Association. (2022, 11th January). 2022 is a pivotal year in addressing the deepening drug overdose crisis. https://www.ama-assn.org/about/leadership/2022-critical-year-address-worsening-drug-overdose-crisis
- insanity. (2020). National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness
- COVID’s mental distress: How scientists are tracking a rise in depression. (2021, 3 February). Nature. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00175-z?error=cookies_not_supported&code=657755a1-ee16-41be-b635-72d62d3d4931
- Administration of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. (2021). Key indicators of substance use and mental health in The United States: Findings from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication #PEP21-07-01-003, NSDUH Series H-56). Rockville, Md: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse Administration and Mental Health Services. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
- US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 18-5063PT5, printed 2018.
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