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What medications are used during detox?

Over the years, drug use and drug addiction has continued to escalate. While many individuals would love to get help for their addiction, many are fearful of entering detox because of the discomfort that is associated with drug and alcohol withdrawals. Fortunately, many treatment programs utilize medications to help manage withdrawal symptoms that can be…

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The Dangers of At-Home Drug or Alcohol Detox

Millions of people have struggled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Although treating a substance use disorder is a great thing, there are risks associated with doing an at-home detox. Because their bodies become dependent on the substance and their brains rely on it to regulate their bodies and emotions, stopping the substance suddenly…

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Trauma is a Contributing Risk Factor in Developing Substance Use Disorder

Most individuals have had something traumatic happen to them or have witnessed a traumatic event at some point throughout their lives; this can include anything from bullying, medical trauma, physical abuse, natural disasters, mass shootings, and many more. There are several risk factors for developing substance use disorder, but is trauma one of them? Read…

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How Doctor Shopping fueled the Opioid Crisis

Opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in the United States over the past two decades. Prescription drugs are an essential part of helping improve the quality of life for those who suffer from acute or chronic pain. However, the misuse and abuse of these drugs, especially opioids, have become a serious national health problem. So,…

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Seasonal‌ ‌Affective‌ ‌Disorder‌

The DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) describes depression this way: “The essential feature of a Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks during which there is either depressed mood or the loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities.”  Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs in climates where there…

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Dealing with Loneliness in Addiction Recovery

Recovery is a life-long journey that often includes changing attitudes, behaviors, and even environment. Even with a robust support network, the internal work can lead many people to feel like they are facing the challenges of recovery alone. Feelings of loneliness during addiction recovery are not uncommon – but simply knowing that fact doesn’t make…

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Understanding Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine use has skyrocketed over the past decade, and risky use patterns and increasing diversity in the population using methamphetamine suggests that it will continue to grow. These trends have also produced growth in the number of people dying from overdose and developing addictions to methamphetamine. With all of methamphetamine’s harmful effects, why do people…

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What is the Purpose of an Intervention?

If you have a friend or loved one experiencing active addiction, you may have thought more than once about organizing an intervention. But “interventions” have been sensationalized on dramatic television programs and through other media. Sometimes, in the desperation that often accompanies loving someone who is experiencing active addiction, it can seem attractive to hold…

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How Can We Prevent Drug Abuse Among Youth?

Every parent wants their children to grow up healthy and happy. It’s no surprise that many parents worry about drug abuse among youth – both their own children and their peers. Preventing drug use isn’t just an issue for parents; healthy and happy youth are a crucial component of a healthy community. Here, we’ll take…

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