Substance Abuse

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The Evolution of Addiction Treatment

The evolution of addiction treatment programs has been drastic. Decades ago, people struggling with addiction were believed to be morally degenerate, and the process of “treating” their addiction often amounted to little more than torture. Until research showed that addiction was a treatable disease of the brain, many people were also given prison sentences or …

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Benefits of Equine Therapy in Drug Rehab Treatment

The term “therapy” often paints the picture of a person lying on a couch in a dimly-lit room while they talk to someone with a clipboard. However, therapy has changed tremendously as research finds new benefits in alternative therapy. Equine therapy is a relatively new therapy that offers people in recovery from addiction and those …

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Suicide and Meth Use

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is highly addictive. Many people have become dependent on it, and too many have died. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological, leading to the relationship between suicide and meth use.Abusers of meth are more …

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The Challenge of Balancing Pain Management and Addiction

While treating pain is essential to medicine, it is important to be aware of the dangers of patients becoming addicted. The most frequently used medicines for treating moderate, severe, and chronic pain are opioids, which are highly addictive. Millions of people have fallen victim to one or more of these drugs, and the number continues …

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The Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal

When you have reached a point where your life revolves around drinking, you probably know you have a problem. You aren’t even sure if you are drinking because you want to drink anymore or if you are drinking because you have to drink. You know you should stop, but you aren’t sure if you can. …

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3 Things You Shouldn't Do If Your Loved One Relapses

3 Things You Shouldn’t Do If Your Loved One Relapses

When you love someone recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, you may feel a huge sense of relief when they agree to go into treatment and get sober. You want to believe that all the bad times are behind you. However, if your loved one ends up relapsing, it can be devastating for you. Relapses are not …

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Long Term Effects of Alcohol

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant. It slows down function in the central nervous system. A single instance of drinking does little to the system. However, continued drinking for several years or decades will eventually take its toll. Let’s take a closer look at the long-term effects of alcohol and why you should get help if you have an …

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Coping With Opioid Withdrawal

Coping with Opioid Withdrawal

Opioids are among some of the most challenging drugs to overcome. Unfortunately, coping with opioid withdrawal symptoms can be one of the most challenging parts of the process. One of the reasons for this is that people are often on opioids for several years, increasing their dosage to maintain the potency of the drug.The good …

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What Are the Most Common Meth Addiction Treatments?

There are several common meth addiction treatment options available today. Fortunately, substance abuse and recovery programs have become a top priority for the federal government and state governments, which means there is a vast amount of funding for researching and treating substance abuse. If you are looking for a meth addiction treatment program, consider one …

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