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At Risk of Overdose? How to Get Help

Posted by March 17, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on At Risk of Overdose? How to Get Help

At Risk of Overdose? How to Get Help

What Is a Drug Overdose? A drug overdose occurs when the body cannot tolerate the amount of drugs or alcohol consumed and starts to shut down. Some drugs, such as opioids, naturally depress the heart rate, breathing rate, and brain function. Other drugs, such as cocaine, stimulate very fast heart rates, eventually causing the heart to stop. Are you at risk for an overdose? You may be, if you are misusing drugs, including both illicit and prescription drugs. For many people, an overdose feels like something that happens to someone else, not...

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7 Steps to Get Sober by Summer

Posted by March 11, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on 7 Steps to Get Sober by Summer

7 Steps to Get Sober by Summer

What does it take to get sober? It’s more than just not drinking or using drugs again. It’s about reclaiming your future and building a life that’s full of things you love. In a few months, summer will be upon us, and with the season comes new opportunities for those in recovery or entering recovery. If you’re suffering from addiction or struggling to maintain your recovery, you can start working to create a healthy future one step at a time. How Long Does Addiction Recovery Take? While addiction recovery can take just a few weeks to get...

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Addiction to Fentanyl

Posted by March 5, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on Addiction to Fentanyl

Addiction to Fentanyl

What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a highly dangerous, very potent type of synthetic opioid. Its structure is similar to morphine, but it is as much as 100 times more potent. Doctors prescribe this drug for people facing intense pain after a severe injury or surgical procedure. They often use the smallest dose possible for the least amount of time. That’s because fentanyl is highly addictive and dangerous to use. In 2017, about 59 percent of people who died from opioid overdose were using fentanyl, according to the National Institute on Drug...

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Why Do People Abuse Drugs?

Posted by February 28, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on Why Do People Abuse Drugs?

Why Do People Abuse Drugs?

Addiction Is a Misunderstood Disease Many people who have family members or friends who suffer from addiction don’t understand how or why it happened. Some people assume that a person with addiction lacks discipline, morals, or willpower. Many people believe that quitting substances is as easy as not picking up a pill or a glass. Addiction isn’t a choice. It’s not easily controlled. As a complex disease that impacts every facet of life and changes the chemistry of the brain, addiction can be very difficult to overcome. What Happens in the...

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Can You Become Addicted to Steroids?

Posted by February 13, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on Can You Become Addicted to Steroids?

Can You Become Addicted to Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are a type of synthetic hormone that function much like testosterone. They are often used to promote muscle mass growth. These drugs are used for medical benefits in some situations, such as helping a person with weight loss. In other situations, athletes and body-builders misuse steroids to enhance muscle development and create better performance. Illicit steroid use comes with numerous risks and side effects, including the risk of addiction. Do Steroids Lead to Drug Addiction? Many people using steroids do not get high or...

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Signs Your Addiction Is Impacting Your Work Performance

Posted by February 6, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on Signs Your Addiction Is Impacting Your Work Performance

Signs Your Addiction Is Impacting Your Work Performance

Drug and alcohol use can quickly escalate for many people, especially during stressful times. You may find yourself unable to stop thinking about using, even when you know you need to have a clear mind to perform important duties at work. Addiction and dependence may make it impossible for you to simply stop using these substances, regardless of location or time of day. Addiction in the Workplace It’s not as uncommon as you may believe for people to find themselves needing to use drugs or alcohol at work. We use the word “need” because of the...

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The Harmful Side Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Posted by January 29, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on The Harmful Side Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Harmful Side Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic Cannabinoids Synthetic cannabinoids are typically mixtures of herbal ingredients that also contain cannabinoid chemicals. They are made in a lab and designed specifically to mimic the effects of THC to create the same high that marijuana creates. Sometimes, these drugs are marketed heavily as being safe to use or a better alternative to using marijuana. However, synthetic cannabinoids can lead to dependence and possible health problems in those who use them. What Are These Drugs? There are no commercial or medical uses for synthetic...

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Addiction to Vicodin: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How to Get Help

Posted by January 15, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on Addiction to Vicodin: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How to Get Help

Addiction to Vicodin: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How to Get Help

  Vicodin is a type of prescription pain medication. When used properly, it can effectively minimize the pain signals traveling from the body to the brain. Yet, as with many other prescription opioids, Vicodin has a very high addiction risk, especially when used outside of a prescription. Painkiller Misuse An estimated 2 million people in the U.S. misused prescription pain medications in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The agency reports that many teens and young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 abuse these...

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Is Addiction a Genetic Problem? Are You Doomed to Use?

Posted by January 5, 2022 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on Is Addiction a Genetic Problem? Are You Doomed to Use?

Is Addiction a Genetic Problem? Are You Doomed to Use?

Did you grow up in a home where one or both of your parents used drugs or alcohol often? Did you believe it was “normal” for people to do so? Perhaps you saw a loved one die from addiction. You may have witnessed a family member suffer after a drunk driving incident they caused. Of the many risk factors for developing addiction, genetics accounts for about half. How Much Does Genetics Play a Role in Addiction? The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that as much as 50 percent of a person’s risk of becoming addicted...

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Is Drunk Driving a Sign of Addiction?

Posted by December 28, 2021 in Alcoholism, Blog | Comments Off on Is Drunk Driving a Sign of Addiction?

Is Drunk Driving a Sign of Addiction?

Not every person who gets behind the wheel intoxicated has an addiction. However, drunk driving is a strong indication that a person may need help with substance abuse disorder, especially if it happens more than once. Recognize the Risks of Drunk Driving In the U.S., driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal. A DUI occurs when a person’s blood alcohol content is at 0.08% or higher. At that point, brain function has slowed, making it difficult to operate a vehicle safely. It doesn’t take many drinks to reach this level, especially...

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