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What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: July 31, 2021 Updated: July 31, 2021 The abuse of opioids is an ongoing crisis in this country. Each day hundreds die from overdoses and related issues surrounding addiction. Treatment experts in the field are always looking for innovative strategies that will save lives. Medication-assisted therapy or…

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Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: July 29, 2021 Updated: July 29, 2021 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…

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What is a Percocet High?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: May 1, 2021 Updated: July 21, 2021 Percocet is a powerful opioid pain medication made from two main ingredients: Oxycodone and acetaminophen. Prescribed by doctors, Percocet helps patients with moderate to severe pain. Although the drug is intended for short-term use, because of its potency, individuals can…

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Commonly Abuse Prescription Painkillers

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 12, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Many people receive prescription pain relievers at some point in their life. When used as directed under the supervision of medical professionals, most pain relievers are effective and safe. However, many prescription painkillers can be abused for recreational purposes. They…

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Why Is the Opioid Epidemic Still Important?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: January 25, 2021 Updated: March 16, 2021 The opioid epidemic began in the late 1990s when pharmaceutical companies stated the addiction risk for prescription pain medications like oxycodone and Vicodin was low. Based on this assertion, medical professionals prescribed opioids for pain relief to more and more…

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How to Achieve Opioid Addiction Recovery

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 15, 2020 Updated: February 18, 2021 Opioids are strong prescription painkillers that have become an epidemic in the US. Opioid addiction often develops when you begin to increase the prescribed doses. Commonly abused medication in this category includes methadone, hydrocodone, oxycodone, tramadol, and fentanyl. Street heroin…

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The Impact of Opioids on the Brain

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 30, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 Due to their availability in the prescribed form, opioids are among the most abused drugs in the United States. Health professionals use opioids as medicine due to their capacity to relax the body and relieve pain. Opioids affect the brain’s…

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The Dangers of an Opioid Overdose

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 26, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 Many people in the United States use opioids. They are often prescribed for people getting out of surgery or for those who have chronic pain issues. These narcotic pain pills help block the pain signals to your brain. However, even…

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Opioid Epidemic of 2019

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 31, 2020 Updated: March 24, 2020 Substance abuse disorders and addiction can lead to damaging consequences, ranging from a diminished standard of living to serious medical problems. The opioid epidemic of 2019 witnessed showed that opioid abuse continues to impact millions of Americans every year. As…