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...Read More
In the United States, the misuse of study drugs is rapidly increasing. Teenagers and young adults are using prescription medications originally developed to help people with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) focus and stay alert. In colleges and high schools around the country, students are not taking these drugs to get high. Instead, they use...Read More
As the opioid epidemic continues to increase throughout the United States, the addition of the chemical adulterant xylazine, commonly known as tranq, is making drugs like heroin and cocaine even more lethal. What is Xylazine (Tranq)? According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), xylazine is a non-opiate sedative, muscle relaxant, and analgesic....Read More
As a parent, you want your child to be happy, healthy, and safe. Part of that means preparing them for living in the real world by talking to them about difficult subjects, such as drug and alcohol addiction. Sadly, many children have a parent or loved one with a substance use disorder and are frightened...Read More
Is it possible to be allergic to alcohol? Yes. People can have either an allergy to or intolerance of alcohol, both of which result in physical symptoms and can lead to serious consequences if not properly addressed. An alcohol allergy is different from an alcohol addiction. Someone with an allergy does not want to consume...Read More
Losing a loved one is never easy, but when you are struggling with an addiction, grief can put you at risk for relapse. You may feel like you don’t know where to turn, but help is always available. Finding the right support can make a difference and help you work through difficult feelings without the...Read More
Blackouts are often a warning sign that a person’s drinking is out of control. These gaps in memory due to alcohol use occur in about half of all adults who drink. Unlike passing out, where a person loses consciousness, a person remains awake during a blackout even though their brain is not making memories. A...Read More
Do you know an older person who is having problems remembering things or having difficulty with their balance? What is the first thing you think? “Oh, it’s normal at their age,” or “I hope they aren’t getting Alzheimer’s.” Would the possibility of substance abuse or addiction ever come to your mind? Most people think of...Read More
Holistic therapy for substance use disorders treats the mind, body, and spirit to promote wellness and lasting recovery. Holistic therapy can be incorporated into traditional treatment programs and has endless benefits. The Benefits of Holistic Therapy in Addiction Treatment One of the main benefits of holistic therapy is that it recognizes the person as an...Read More
When a person with an alcohol addiction becomes sober, it is a major achievement. But it is only the first step to long-lasting sobriety. Remaining sober takes a strong commitment and hard work each day. Those in early recovery must continue to address the mindset and behaviors that led to their addiction. If they do...Read More
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