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Drug Abuse
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9 Ways to Take Care of Yourself While Loving an Addict

Finding the balance between giving too much of yourself and not enough can be a frustrating dance when your loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder. Addiction Affects Everyone It’s almost impossible not to get sucked into the downward spiral. This is because addiction not only affects the person abusing drugs or alcohol,...
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Seniors and Substance Abuse: A Growing Problem

While it may seem that substance abuse is isolated to a younger crowd, dependence is prevalent in all communities. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than one million people 65 and older were reported to have a substance use disorder in 2014. The majority of those, some...
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A Further Look into the Stages of Recovery and Relapse

Understanding the importance of relapse prevention following completion of treatment is vital to the success of long-term sobriety. According to a 2017 US News & World Report study, deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide are projected to increase by 60 percent within the next decade. While treatment techniques continue to improve, 60 to 90 percent...
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Is Your Teen a Highly-Functioning Addict?

Something feels wrong. Until now, you’ve never suspected your son or daughter to be abusing drugs or alcohol because they’ve never given you a reason. They come home when they are supposed to, they excel in school—aren’t kids involved in drugs and alcohol reckless and absent? Herein lies the standard misconception that people who suffer...
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Is There Such Thing as an “Addictive” Personality?

As a person who has dealt with substance abuse, you may wonder: “Is there such a thing as an addictive personality? Was I born predestined to be an addict?” According to a Psychology Today article, published in 2016, the idea of an addictive personality is nothing more than a myth. The author states there is...
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Where California Stands in the Nationwide Opioid Epidemic

Stated as the deadliest drug crisis in American history, the opioid epidemic is not only killing people, but it’s also stealing friends, mothers, fathers, children, lovers. Nationwide, drug overdoses have now risen to the leading cause of accidental death according to the United States Center for Disease Control, which states that 91 people die from...
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Marijuana’s Effect on the Brain

Often described as the gateway drug, marijuana has become legal in many states and decriminalized in others. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that marijuana is “the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.” Many people believe it to be completely safe and harmless, but marijuana can have detrimental effects on the...
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Nationwide Alert on Dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a painkiller that is used to relieve pain in cancer patients. It is 100 times more powerful than morphine and as much as 50 times more powerful than heroin, according to the DEA. Because it is so powerful, it should not be prescribed except under the close scrutiny of a doctor skilled in...
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First Responders and Substance Abuse

The correlation between first responders and substance abuse is high. Unfortunately, it is difficult for first responders suffering from substance abuse to reach out for help. Because police, EMTs, and firefighters are trusted with our very safety and lives, the pressure to keep up a positive public image compounds the problem.
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Drug Addiction Consequences

Life is about choices and consequences. We make a choice – we deal with the consequence. Same is true for addiction, right? Not exactly. When someone is addicted, their body has become so dependent on the substance that using feels like a matter of necessity, not choice. Most people who are addicted do not want...
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