For Mo Mental Health Awareness

RICHMOND, Va., May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to better understand the importance of mental health and to 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, resulting in their inability to control their use of substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol or medications.1 Additionally, some people with SUD have co-occurring mental illnesses.2 As SUD and overdose deaths reach an all-time high across America, one man’s story gives reason for hope.3

“I’m telling my story to let others suffering from UD know that there is hope and a way forward.”

The number of people with mental illness has increased in the United States, with nearly one in five adults suffering from some kind of mental illness in 2020, a problem that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.4.5 According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2021 report, approximately 5.7 million adults aged 18 or older with serious mental illnesses are affected by substance abuse and 47.8% of illicit drug users have at least less serious mental illness.6 The need for access to effective treatments for mental illnesses and SUDs has never been more urgent.

Despite the growing number of people struggling with SUD and opioid use disorder (OUD), Indivior seeks to project hope by sharing one man’s personal journey to recovery. Throughout his story, Kyle of Kansas City wants to inspire others to seek help from family, friends and healthcare professionals.

“After many years and attempts at recovery, I was able to find a treatment plan that worked well for me, and I’m proud to say that I haven’t touched an illegal drug in over three years,” said said Kyle. “I tell my story to let other people with TOU know that there is hope and a way forward. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will 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. Through research, advocacy and education, we can help give hope to patients and their families and help move more patients towards long-term recovery,” said Christian HeidbrederScientific Director, Individual.

About Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a chronic condition in which people develop a pattern of opioid use that can lead to negative consequences. OUD can affect parts of the brain that are needed for vital functions.seven

About Individual
Indivior is a global pharmaceutical company that helps change the lives of patients by developing medicines to treat substance use disorders (SUDs) and serious mental illnesses. Our vision is that all patients worldwide will have access to evidence-based treatment for chronic diseases and co-occurring disorders in SUD. Indivior is dedicated to transforming the SOUTH from a global human crisis into a recognized and treated chronic disease. Building on its global portfolio of UUD treatments, Indivior has a pipeline of product candidates designed to both build on its legacy in this category and potentially treat other chronic conditions and co-occurring disorders of the SUD, including disorders related to the consumption of alcohol and cannabis. Headquartered in the United States in Richmond, Virginia, Indivior employs more than 900 people worldwide and its product portfolio is available in more than 40 countries around the world. Visitwww.indivior.comto learn more. Connect with Indivior on LinkedIn by visitingwww.linkedin.com/company/individual.

References:

  1. Substance use and co-occurring mental disorders. (nd). National Institute of 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%20drugs.
  2. 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)
  3. American Medical Association. (2022, January 11). 2022 a critical year to deal with the worsening drug overdose crisis. https://www.ama-assn.org/about/leadership/2022-critical-year-address-worsening-drug-overdose-crisis
  4. Mental illness. (2020). National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness
  5. Mental health checkup from COVID: How scientists are tracking a rise in depression. (2021, February 3). Nature. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00175-z?error=cookies_not_supported&code=657755a1-ee16-41be-b635-72d62d3d4931
  6. Administration of addiction and mental health services. (2021). Main indicators of substance use and mental health United States: Results of the 2020 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP21-07-01-003, NSDUH Series H-56). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
  7. US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. Drugs, Brains and Behaviour: The Science of Addiction. HHS Publication Number (SMA) 18-5063PT5, printed 2018.

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