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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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Women and Substance Abuse Treatment: How to Get Help

Posted by December 19, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on Women and Substance Abuse Treatment: How to Get Help

Women and Substance Abuse Treatment: How to Get Help

Substance abuse disorder impacts millions of women each year. It’s estimated that 8.4 million women over age 18 in the U.S. have misused prescription drugs in the last year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In total, 19.5 million women – about 15.4 percent – have used illicit drugs in the past year. Many Challenges Are Unique to Women Women face unique challenges in addiction and often experience an uphill battle trying to get the care they need. As a result, many do not seek help when their substance use becomes...

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Addiction to Codeine

Posted by December 13, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on Addiction to Codeine

Addiction to Codeine

What Is Codeine? Codeine is a powerful prescription medication often used to treat pain. Though less potent than other forms of opioids, codeine carries a risk of addiction when misused. It’s often prescribed in tablet form but can also be found in some cough suppressants. One of the most common forms is Tylenol 3, which is made from acetaminophen and codeine. On the street, codeine is sold under names such as t-threes, schoolboy, and coties. Many people who misuse it began using it with a legitimate prescription. Taking too much of the...

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What Is the Long-Term Outlook for a Person with Untreated Addiction?

Posted by November 30, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on What Is the Long-Term Outlook for a Person with Untreated Addiction?

What Is the Long-Term Outlook for a Person with Untreated Addiction?

Drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic condition. While it is possible to overcome the effects of addiction and enter recovery, relapse is always possible. If you are using substances, you may not feel like there is much hope to change, especially if you’ve developed a physical dependence on the drug/s and experience strong cravings for it. But there is always hope. Professional treatment can help people stop allowing substances to control their lives. What If You Don’t Get Help for Addiction? If you’re suffering from addiction, you may...

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Trauma Therapy: What Can Make the Pain Better?

Posted by November 21, 2021 in Blog, Recovery | Comments Off on Trauma Therapy: What Can Make the Pain Better?

Trauma Therapy: What Can Make the Pain Better?

Trauma can happen to anyone.  When it does, it changes the course of a life, leading to painful memories, a loss of confidence, and susceptibility to anxiety and depression. Trauma can be caused by any type of abuse, including sexual, physical, mental, or emotional. It may be caused by engaging in military combat, watching a loved one die, experiencing a natural disaster, being in a bad accident, and more. Depending on the person and the event, some people are able to recover from the trauma after the brain and body have had some time to...

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Veterans and the Holidays: How to Stay Sober Through Difficult Times

Posted by November 15, 2021 in Blog, Veterans & Military | Comments Off on Veterans and the Holidays: How to Stay Sober Through Difficult Times

Veterans and the Holidays: How to Stay Sober Through Difficult Times

Veterans & the Holidays Staying sober during the holidays is complex for many people with addiction. For Veterans, it’s even more challenging because the holidays may not feel the same as they once did. It’s hard to face people you may not like or attend events you find stressful. The holidays may also bring on symptoms of depression and anxiety. All of this can put pressure on you to use. How do you avoid a relapse during the holidays? Recognize That Your First Holiday Could Be Difficult The first holiday after working through drug and...

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What Are Magic Mushrooms? Are They Addictive?

Posted by November 8, 2021 in Addiction, Blog | Comments Off on What Are Magic Mushrooms? Are They Addictive?

What Are Magic Mushrooms? Are They Addictive?

Magic mushrooms may sound harmless, but their mind-altering properties warrant concern. Sometimes called shrooms, these mushrooms contain psilocybin or psilocin. Both are compounds that may cause hallucinations. Magic mushrooms can create psychological side effects and carry a high risk of overdose. How Do Magic Mushrooms Work? Typically eaten as a traditional mushroom or purchased in a capsule form to swallow, inject, or snort, magic mushrooms impact the function of the central nervous system. Some people add them to cooked foods, juice, or...

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