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The Impact of Opioids on the Brain

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 reward system to make you feel “high,” which has led to their non-medical use. You…

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What Is Substance Use Disorder?

When discussing substance use disorder, substances like alcohol, hallucinogens, and opioids have separate classification descriptions. The use of these substances causes health problems or issues at home, school, or work. In this guide, we’re diving deeper into this definition, as well as how to tell when it’s time to receive substance use disorder treatment. Defining…

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

The most commonly abused medications include anxiety prescriptions, pain relievers, and stimulants used for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ease of access is one of the contributing factors regarding prescription drug addiction. In this guide, we’re outlining more about commonly abused prescription drugs, and if you or a family member should attend a prescription drug…

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Is a 12 Step Program Right for Me?

The 12-step program seeks to help former alcoholics to remain sober as they recover. The program works through connecting alcoholics through a forum. In these forums, peer alcoholics can discuss their struggles and develop ways of supporting each other. The concept of the 12 steps has its roots in the notion that alcoholism is an…

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How World Events Impact Addiction

When world events like a pandemic cause sudden changes in our lives, there are significant impacts out of our control. Stay at home orders, social distancing, and distance learning are all becoming the new normal. What does that mean for someone who is suffering from addiction during COVID-19? These impacts don’t mean it’s impossible to…

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What Is Polysubstance Abuse?

Drug addiction takes place in phases. It begins with first use, after which a person becomes a regular user. Regular usage leads to dependency. Once someone becomes dependent, the drug will not have the same effect as it had during the first-time use. Some people choose to start using other drugs to find the perfect…