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Understanding the Drug Detox Process

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: May 12, 2021 Updated: May 26, 2021 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…

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How Xanax Addiction Develops

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 8, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 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…

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Recognizing Signs of Heroin Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 11, 2021 Updated: April 9, 2021 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…

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Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: January 24, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 Cocaine is a highly addictive substance. Once a person develops an addiction to cocaine, it can be hard to stop after several months of use. Once an individual stops using cocaine, they can expect a wide range of mild to…

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Downfalls of Drug Abuse

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: January 20, 2020 Updated: February 4, 2020 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…

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Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: January 9, 2020 Updated: June 17, 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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Heroin Side Effects

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 15, 2019 Updated: January 21, 2020 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…

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The Symptoms and Timeline of Cocaine Withdrawal

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 12, 2019 Updated: June 17, 2021 Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug. However, It might not be the type of drug that comes to mind when you hear the term withdrawals. Many people don’t realize that there are withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine. While it’s…

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Withdrawal Programs – Why You Need Help to Stop Using

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 29, 2019 Updated: January 13, 2021 Withdrawal is a dangerous process for anyone with a chemical dependency. Though some people think they can stop using at any time, this is rarely the case. Rather, if your body and brain have become physically dependent on a drug,…

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Coping with Aches and Pains During Drug Withdrawal

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 25, 2019 Updated: July 19, 2021 Withdrawing from drugs can be a daunting and painful experience. When people withdraw and detox from drugs, it can create a myriad of side effects. Withdrawal also creates potentially serious health issues. If you’re wondering how to deal with aches…