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Anabranch Recovery Center blog articles in the field of substance use disorders and addiction recovery. Here you will find news, information, and inspiration about drug and alcohol addiction and recovery.

Veterans and first responders,
The experiences of United States Veterans, first responders, and active military personnel set them apart from the civilian population. These men and women have stood in the face of danger, navigated life-threatening situations, and made sacrifices that leave lasting impacts on their mental and physical well-being. It is these very experiences, filled with high stress...
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young teenager sitting in isolation up against a wall.
It’s an incredibly hard realization to come to – your teen is using drugs or alcohol. Are they just experimenting with friends? Or are they spiralling downward into addiction? As a parent, it is up to you to spot the signs of addiction, talk to your teen, and get them help. Doing so protects their...
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Effects of Drug Addiction,
Drug and alcohol addiction, also known as substance use disorder (SUD), is considered a health crisis in the United States. More than 48.7 million people in the U.S. who are 12 years old or older have an SUD. A treatable mental disorder, SUD affects an individual’s brain and behavior. They are unable to control their...
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Signs of Functional Alcoholism,
Do you know someone who regularly enjoys too much wine or a few too many beers? They appear normal, manage their responsibilities, and do not seem outwardly affected by their heavy drinking. Have you wondered if they are a functioning alcoholic? Recognizing the signs of functional alcoholism can be a crucial step to help the...
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Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD and seasonal depression, is a type of depression that affects individuals during specific seasons. In most cases, symptoms begin towards the end of fall or the beginning of winter and end in the spring. This disorder is known as winter depression or winter-pattern SAD. However, some individuals experience...
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Fentanyl Overdose, Types of Fentanyl, Fentanyl: An Overview
A synthetic opioid, fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is a prescription drug used to treat severe pain, especially after surgery or for advanced cancer. However, fentanyl is also made and sold illegally. Fentanyl is a very dangerous drug. Even a tiny amount...
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How Does Addiction Affect the Brain?
Drug and alcohol addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a complex and destructive disease that affects more than 46 million people in the United States. Substance addiction not only takes a toll on an individual’s physical and mental health, but it also significantly impacts the brain, causing significant changes in its chemistry, structure, and...
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Health Risks of Drug and Alcohol Addiction
When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it often leads to serious physical and mental health conditions. The individual using the substance is consumed by their need to satisfy their craving. They are not concerned by what is happening to their body. But long-term use of any substance, illegal or legal, can slowly...
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Risk Factors for Addiction, Factors for Addiction, risk factors that can increase the chance of addiction
Substance use disorders affect more than 20 million people in the United States aged 12 and over. As the number of people affected by drug and alcohol addiction continues to rise, you may wonder what causes one person to become addicted and not another. Several risk factors are at play in addiction. What are the...
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Myths About Addiction and Recovery,
A myth is a false idea or belief about something many people believe to be true. Drug and alcohol addiction and recovery are areas in which myths abound. The myths are damaging to everyone: the people struggling with addiction, their families, and the general population. When people believe a myth, it often influences their judgment,...
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