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Meth Effects on Teeth: Regain Your Smile By Seeking Treatment for Addiction

Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly acidic stimulant that causes a host of problems for the person taking it. High on the list is damage to teeth and gums. Several factors combine to create havoc inside the mouth of someone who struggles with a substance use disorder involving meth. Meth effects on teeth can be […]

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Dangers of Substance Abuse: Three Reasons to Seek Treatment Today

The dangers of substance abuse go further than just the threat of becoming addicted. Using chemical substances in ways other than they were intended to be used can make you sick. It can affect every area of your life, from your physical health to the lives of your spouse, children, and other loved ones. When

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Crack Vs. Cocaine: Is One Less Harmful Than the Other?

Crack vs. cocaine, which is harder for you? Unfortunately, both are equally harmful. Crack is simply a form of cocaine, and there’s no real pharmacological difference between the two except for appearance and the way users take the drug. People inject, swallow, or snort powder cocaine, and they smoke crack. There is a difference, however, in how

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The Opioid Epidemic of 2019: What Happened Then and What to Expect Next

It’s difficult to pick up a newspaper or log onto your favorite social media site today without reading about the opioid epidemic of 2019. Opioids are still an issue, even leading into the new decade, and 130 people still die every day from opioid overdose. The good news is, however, that word is out. Prescribers

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Signs of Codependency: Why You Struggle So Hard in Relationships

A codependent relationship is one in which one partner relies wholly upon the other to meet all of their emotional needs. It’s also a relationship where one partner suffers from some form of addiction, and the other partner enables that condition to continue. Either way you define it, a codependent relationship is not healthy for anyone involved. Often,

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How Addiction Affects Families: The Far-Reaching Effects of Substance Use Disorder

It’s difficult to list exactly how addiction affects families. The repercussions spread outward like the rings from a pebble dropped in a pond. But experts have known for years that children who grow up in homes where drugs and alcohol are used often develop addictions, too. Sadly, even if these children do manage to skirt a

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Is Work Addiction the ‘Respectable’ Addiction?

Work addiction is our society’s favorite addiction. While many look down on those whose psychological, emotional and social situations lead them to abuse something like heroin—even seeing drug abusers as some type of “blight” on society—work addicts are virtually praised for their problem. Pulling long hours, going the “extra mile” and casting aside personal and

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How a Change in Environment Could Help You Conquer Addiction

A study dating back to the 1970s demonstrates how changing environmental factors and cues can actually help people overcome addiction and avoid relapsing. The study, heavily questioned and doubted in its own time, is now being viewed as valuable to current ideas about how we change behaviors and how addiction can be conquered. Learn how a

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