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Drug Addiction

Recovery Basics: Recognizing the Stages of Relapse
Written on: 03/05/2018

What causes a relapse? Deciding to drink or get high after having clean time can have tragic consequences. In the aftermath, the addict’s loved ones may wonder what happened or if they had missed signs. Sometimes the addict isn’t even sure where they went wrong. A key part of preventing these issues is understanding and […]

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What Happens in the Families of Drug Addicts?
Written on: 03/02/2018

In TV shows that depict the pain of addiction, the focus is on the addict or the alcoholic. Most show images like a heroin addict overdosing or the alcoholic stumbling home when they talk about the addiction epidemic. These outlets do a great job at creating a picture of what it’s like to suffer from […]

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Can’t Think Straight? Effects of Addiction on the Brain
Written on: 02/22/2018

To the outsider looking in, drug addiction and alcoholism probably look like insanity. If a substance was causing so much destruction, why wouldn’t you just stop using it? In many ways, addiction is insanity- doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But for most addicts and alcoholics, “just stop doing […]

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Statistics on Drug Abuse Reveal Growing Epidemic… and Possible Solutions
Written on: 02/21/2018

Chances are great that opening the paper or tuning into the local news, in any region of America, will result in hearing about the drug epidemic currently ravaging the nation. News of the crisis, particularly about opiates, seems to be everywhere, and for good reason. Opiate addiction and overdoses have touched every corner of the […]

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Harmless Plant? The Negative Effects of Kratom
Written on: 02/09/2018

If you’re in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you may have heard to kratom. Kratom is an herb that is commonly sold as a powder or as a brewed tea, usually at cafes or “head shops” where people can buy pipes and other smoking accessories. Users of the supplement say that it’s a harmless […]

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The Dangers of Over the Counter Medication
Written on: 02/05/2018

It happens to all of us- that run-down, achy feeling we get right before we’re hit with a cold or the flu. This year, with the flu season being one of the worst on record, many of us are probably familiar with that unpleasant feeling. When someone starts to get sick, usually the first thing […]

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How the Opioid Problem got to Where it is Today
Written on: 02/02/2018

Almost 100 people die everyday of an opioid overdose. With people dying everyday from drugs meant to initially cure pain, it’s easy to ask the question, “how could we have let this happen?”. The opioid epidemic isn’t something that has been affecting people for the past few years. It’s a problem that started underneath the […]

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Growing Concern About Over-The Counter NSAID Painkillers
Written on: 02/01/2018

While not as concerning as the opioid epidemic, over-the-counter pain relief drugs, like Motrin, Aleve and Advil, are causing some concern in the medical community, thanks to a recent study that showed people often exceed the recommended dosage. Overuse of NSAID painkillers can cause gastric bleeding or liver disease, as well as a raised risk […]

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How 21 Million Pills Ended Up In A Town Of 3,000
Written on: 02/01/2018

Is anyone still wondering how the opioid crisis got so out of control? If you’re at all unsure, here’s a story that perfectly illustrates the opioid’s rise to fame and destruction. Williamson, West Virginia–The Town of 21 Million Opioids The small rural town of Williamson in the hills of West Virginia is in the midst […]

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Showtime’s ‘The Trade’ Examines the Opioid Crisis In Gritty Detail
Written on: 02/01/2018

The documentary (by director Matthew Heineman who also directed “Cartel”), is set in Ohio, Atlanta and Mexico, following addicts, drug producers and police—-portraits of people who are trapped in the drug crisis through addiction or career. “Gritty” is the operative word here. The documentary takes great pains to show the glamour-less truth about heroin and […]

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