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Physical Side Effects of Drug Withdrawal

Addiction to drugs can take its toll on your physical, mental, and social health. Many people find that quitting can be so uncomfortable that they keep using drugs to avoid it. Withdrawal is what happens when someone stops taking a drug that their body has become dependent on. The symptoms of withdrawal can be physically…

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Heroin Relapse Rates in Chicago

Addiction to opiates, especially heroin, can be complicated to overcome. Most people require treatment from a heroin addiction rehab center to work through their addiction and learn the skills they need to live without heroin. After treatment, people who live with heroin addiction must continue to stay active in recovery. This might include continuing treatment,…

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Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

When you stop taking opiates, you may experience a wide range of mild to severe withdrawal symptoms that include psychological stress and physical discomfort or pain. Withdrawal symptoms can last for several days, typically peaking from the fourth to the seventh day. An opiate withdrawal timeline varies depending on the nature of the addiction, the…

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Understanding the Drug Detox Process

Stopping or cutting back on your use of drugs can lead to withdrawal. Withdrawal often involves symptoms that are uncomfortable and, at times, life-threatening. Often, the length of time you have been using the drug and the amount you regularly use affect the severity of symptoms you experience in withdrawal. But even people who have…

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How Xanax Addiction Develops

Xanax is the most commonly-prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States. It is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines—sometimes called benzos–are a class of drug that is thought to have a calming effect on the nerves in the brain and spinal cord by helping the body use a neurotransmitter called GABA effectively. Doctors prescribe it to treat anxiety…

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Recognizing Signs of Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a type of opiate drug that causes a euphoric high. This drug is highly addictive in that it creates changes to the brain’s chemistry by triggering the pleasure center in the brain. Addiction occurs when cravings and withdrawal symptoms are present, but overdose is sometimes one of the first signs in some people.…

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Downfalls of Drug Abuse

Long-term drug abuse can cause a wide range of physical and psychological problems. The downfalls of drug abuse often depend on the type of drug, the severity of the addiction, and how long the addiction has lasted. In addition, an overdose can cause severe side effects, which lead to terminal medical conditions or even fatality. …

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Heroin Side Effects

Heroin is a chemical variation of pain killer medications. It shares several similarities with other opioid drugs, including morphine. However, where some pain killer medications are derived naturally from the poppy seed (which produces opium), heroin is chemically produced. Due to the added chemicals, it can have more extreme side effects than plant-based drugs. If…