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What Are Bath Salts?

Posted by June 9, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

What Are Bath Salts?

Synthetic cathinones, or bath salts, are a type of drug classification describing lab-made chemicals. These chemicals are similar to cathinone, a natural stimulant curated from the khat plant. Those using this lab-made drug may be seeking a high that also includes hallucinations. In that way, bath salts are somewhat like MDMA (ecstasy) and methamphetamines. They are highly addictive and dangerous to overall health. A Closer Look Bath salts are sometimes referred to as silk, cloud nine, snow leopard, or bliss, as well as many other street...

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Opioid Overdose Hospitalizations Grew During the Pandemic – What Can You Do?

Posted by May 30, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Opioid Overdose Hospitalizations Grew During the Pandemic – What Can You Do?

COVID-19 created turmoil for most people. It locked down schools, shuttered jobs, and put everyday life on hold. Yet, for some people with mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, COVID increased the risk of intense symptoms. The pandemic also increased the rate of substance use, often leading to overdose. Drug Overdoses According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70,630 people died from drug overdoses in 2019. There was a decline in drug use and overdose from 2018 to 2019,...

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What Are Benzos, and How Does Addiction Form?

Posted by May 16, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

What Are Benzos, and How Does Addiction Form?

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are sedatives often prescribed by doctors to treat conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, and seizures. They create a calming effect by slowing down the racing thoughts of the brain. Popular benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Librium, and Klonopin. Benzo Addiction Benzo addiction can occur when a person uses too much of the substance, uses it for too long, or uses it without a controlled prescription. Reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse recognize the increasing use of benzos as well as the intensifying...

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Childhood Trauma and Addiction – Why There’s a Link

Posted by April 30, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Childhood Trauma and Addiction – Why There’s a Link

Can what happened to you as a child cause you to use drugs or alcohol now? Growing evidence indicates that many people who abuse drugs and alcohol have had some type of traumatic experience in their past. When this is the case, treating the trauma becomes essential to enabling a person to live a life in recovery. How Does Past Trauma Lead to Drug Use? There are many types of trauma. Some examples include physical, emotional, sexual, or mental abuse; watching a loved one die; experiencing prolonged illness; or being involved in a natural...

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Oxycodone Addiction and Risks

Posted by April 14, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Oxycodone Addiction and Risks

Oxycodone is a powerful opioid painkiller. It is often used as a way to treat severe pain after a surgical procedure or illness. This drug is prescribed by doctors but is also commonly misused by people seeking a high from it. As a highly addictive drug, many people find themselves unable to stop using it without professional help. More About Oxycodone Oxycodone is a painkiller that works by turning off the pain signals traveling from the body to the brain. As a painkiller, it is very effective and can provide a wide range of improvements to...

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Addiction to Xanax

Posted by March 25, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Addiction to Xanax

Xanax is a type of benzodiazepine. This prescription medication is typically used to treat insomnia and anxiety disorders. Xanax is commonly abused because of its ability to create a euphoric feeling when consumed outside of recommended prescription doses. Xanax is also highly addictive. The Drug’s Popularity Over the years, pop culture has made the use of Xanax more common. Sought after as a way to calm the function of the central nervous system, this drug is often used as a way to chill out and to stop worrying. Over-prescription of...

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5 Reasons Professional Detox and Residential Treatment Are Critical to Recovery

Posted by March 19, 2021 in Blog, Detox | 0 comments

5 Reasons Professional Detox and Residential Treatment Are Critical to Recovery

Making the decision to get help for drug and alcohol addiction often starts with understanding the options for care. While outpatient treatment is an option for some, most people have greater success with inpatient, or residential, treatment. About Residential Treatment In residential treatment, a person lives in a treatment center for 30 to 90 days, depending on their needs and treatment plan. Some begin this process with detox, a process that allows the body to remove substances in a safe and controlled manner, with the help of...

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Could a Veterans’ Addiction Treatment Program Help You?

Posted by March 2, 2021 in Addiction, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Could a Veterans’ Addiction Treatment Program Help You?

Men and women who serve the U.S. in the Armed Forces put their lives on the line for the freedom so many of us take for granted. That service, whether in peace or wartime, creates mental health disorders and unique challenges. When a veteran struggles with what has happened to them, they may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to self-medicate. However, substance use leads to even more complications, including addiction. Why Veterans Need Addiction Treatment Men and women in the military experience various types of mental health complications:...

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Addiction to Cocaine: What It Looks Like and How It Happens

Posted by February 18, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Addiction to Cocaine: What It Looks Like and How It Happens

A Widely Used Drug Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug, illicit because of how dangerous it can be. Though it is harder to obtain and more expensive than other types of drugs, cocaine is still widely used. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that an estimated 16.8 percent of people over the age of 26 in the United States in 2018 had used cocaine at some point in their life. A person using this drug may suffer from addiction even with inconsistent use. What Is Cocaine and Why Should You Avoid Using It? Cocaine is a white,...

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How Meditation Helps Reduce the Need for Opioids for Pain Relief

Posted by January 27, 2021 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How Meditation Helps Reduce the Need for Opioids for Pain Relief

You suffer from pain. That’s why you have to take pain medications. Yet, opioid-based medications cause changes in your body and create an increased risk of addiction. If you are one of the many people who are facing this struggle, meditation may be able to provide some level of support and improvement for you. You Need a New Method for Pain Management Many people turn to opioids for pain relief because they can be very effective at blocking the communication between the pain-causing area and the brain. They also create a feel-good...

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