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Commonly Abused Drugs in the City of Chicago

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: July 21, 2021 Updated: July 27, 2021 Addiction is a big problem in Chicago. Thousands of people struggle with a substance abuse disorder every year. Treatment options are available in Chicago, but many people delay or refuse to get the…

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Signs a Loved One Has a Cocaine Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: June 25, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 Millions of Americans struggle with addiction or substance use disorder. Addiction affects every part of a person’s life, from their ability to function daily to their long-term mental and physical health. Addiction also…

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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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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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The Dangers of Psychoactive Drugs

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 24, 2020 Updated: January 15, 2021 Psychoactive drugs are part of our lives, whether we like it or not. Most drugs exist for a positive purpose — to relieve pain, clear up an infection, address the effects of illness. Some psychoactive drugs exist in the things…

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The Dangers of the Current Benzo Shortage

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 20, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 Periodically, the United States faces times when there is a drug shortage. The reasons could range from difficulty getting it from the manufacturer to a sudden flood of prescriptions that can’t keep up with the supply. Benzos have been on…

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5 Myths Surrounding Addiction Treatment

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 8, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 When battling substance use of any kind, it’s critical to seek addiction treatment for help. Many people struggle on in their addiction, often overdosing or ending up in a worse condition than before. There are many reasons why people don’t…

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What Is Substance Use Disorder?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 31, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 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…

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What Are the Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: August 10, 2020 Updated: April 28, 2021 What defines drug and alcohol abuse is a person’s continual excessive use of these substances regardless of the consequences. Even when it is apparent that the user’s life, health, finances, job, and relationships are in decline, they have lost the…