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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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Types of Addiction That May Impact You

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 17, 2019 Updated: January 21, 2020 Addiction is not a single problem. Instead, it is a multifaceted disease that varies depending on what substance you take and the effects it has on your body. Therefore, you must understand the types of addiction and how they affect…