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Signs of Opiate Addiction

Because of the current opioid epidemic in the U.S., many health centers offer an opiate addiction treatment program. Is an opiate also an opioid? Opiates include controlled prescription drugs derived from opium, a chemical that occurs naturally in poppy plants. Opioids are any compound resembling opium in physiological effects or addictive properties. They’re not the…

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How Long Does Detox Last?

If you or someone you care about has been struggling with substance abuse, professional treatment can help you break free from the destructive cycle of addiction. The first step of professional addiction treatment programs is usually detoxification when addictive substances are cleansed from a person’s body. During the detox process at an addiction treatment facility,…

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Opioids and Chronic Pain

Opioid abuse and addiction are part of a nationwide epidemic. While many people are prescribed a short course of opioid painkillers after oral surgery, major and minor procedures, or injury, many also take opioids for chronic pain. When someone uses these drugs regularly, opioids are highly addictive and ineffective. Despite their highly addictive nature, opioids…

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Women and Addiction

Addiction affects people from all walks of life. Both men and women struggle with various types of addiction and co-occurring disorders, like depression. For women, addiction may stem from sexual trauma, social pressure, motherhood, and challenges unique to the female experience. Many women abusing alcohol and drugs may attempt to detox at home. They often…

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Common Types of Benzos

Prescription drugs for anxiety, insomnia, and stress are increasingly common. Benzos, also known as benzodiazepine, is a class of drugs designed for short-term relief for anxiety and trouble sleeping. Nearly 50 million prescriptions for benzos are filled each year in the United States for muscle tension and major life stressors like sudden grief and loss.…

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Risks of Self-Medicating with Alcohol

Alcohol addiction can be overwhelming. People from all walks of life across the United States struggle with alcohol abuse every day. While alcohol seems benign because it’s legal, it can be just as addictive as illicit drugs. In addition, because alcohol is easy to get, many people today self-medicate and self-soothe. These habits can quickly…

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Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol addiction is increasingly common today. Because alcohol is legal, it may seem harmless. However, alcohol can be just as addictive as heroin, cocaine, and meth. Many people in the United States silently struggle with alcohol abuse each year. For many people abusing alcohol, alcohol poisoning can become a common and deadly occurrence. Luckily, alcohol…

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Benefits of Extended Rehab

The journey to recovery is different for everyone. There are no set timelines for personal healing. Some people in recovery do well with outpatient programs, while others thrive with inpatient care. For many, extended rehab can offer the time and care they need to recover. Extended residential treatment programs provide long-term medical and psychiatric support…