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Treatment Options for Meth Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 10, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Millions of Americans struggle with methamphetamine addiction. Meth addiction can lead to a range of short and long-term health problems and makes it hard for people to live full lives. People who struggle with addiction often have a hard time…

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3 Ways To Help Prevent Prescription Drug Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 25, 2021 Updated: April 9, 2021 Using prescription drugs is necessary even if they carry the risk of addiction. It’s important to carefully monitor use for those who need to use these drugs to control anxiety, pain, or depression. Opioids like Percocet, for example, can be…

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Epidemic vs. Pandemic

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 6, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 Epidemic vs. Pandemic As many people are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the world. At the same time, we have a drug epidemic in our country. People may question what is the difference between an epidemic vs. pandemic.…

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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…

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Signs of Meth Abuse

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 12, 2020 Updated: April 9, 2021 Methamphetamine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that creates energizing effects that can last for more than 8 hours, which means many of the signs of meth abuse involve sleep deprivation and mood and personality changes. As dramatized on…

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Symptoms of Vicodin Abuse

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 11, 2020 Updated: February 24, 2020 Symptoms of Vicodin Abuse Vicodin is a prescription pain reliever that doctors use to treat moderate to severe pain. Although it is effective at providing pain relief, Vicodin can also be highly addictive. As such, it is not unusual for…

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Prescription Opioids

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 10, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 Prescription Opioids People often need prescription drugs to treat physical or mental health problems. However, many people abuse prescription drugs, including opioids. Prescription opioids, which treat pain, often act as a gateway drug to other opioids like heroin. Between 21%…

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Prescription Drugs Definition

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 7, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 Prescription Drugs Definition Substance abuse disorders are common in the United States. Americans regularly abuse and misuse prescription drugs. In fact, 18 million Americans misuse prescription drugs annually. The prescription drugs definition isn’t complex: prescription medications include all substances that…

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Effects of Heroin Use

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 6, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 What Is Heroin? Heroin comes from morphine, a highly addictive substance that developers extract from the poppy plant. It is in a class of drugs known as opioids. As such, it is similar to drugs such as hydromorphone and oxycodone.…

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Teen Heroin Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 5, 2020 Updated: January 27, 2021 Teen Heroin Addiction Teens are no exception to the opiate epidemic, as teen heroin addiction is a natural consequence to 0.4% of 12th graders using heroin within the past year. Heroin is not only illegal but a highly dangerous and…