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Category: Addiction

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18 May

Parents often believe myths about addiction to protect their children. But there can be a huge gap between what we think we know about addiction and what we truly understand about the science of addiction. And this is especially true for parents. A lot of the drugs that kids are experimenting with and abusing these days are […]

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18 May

Xanax is a Benzodiazepine; also known as a “Benzo(s).” Xanax is a class IV controlled substance due to a strong potential for abuse. Xanax, for some people, can be really easy to get addicted to because of its euphoric, relaxing effects. Those who have struggled with drug abuse or are in recovery for drug addiction […]

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17 May

Before beginning any new medication, it’s imperative to understand the drug and how it works thoroughly. It’s also essential to understand any side effects or interactions that may arise while taking the new medication. Some prescribed medications and over-the-counter drugs can have adverse reactions when taken with alcohol or other substances. One medication that is […]

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16 May

Both oxycodone and hydrocodone are powerful prescription painkillers. Doctors use these semi-synthetic opioid medications to treat both short-and long-term pain that results from various conditions, such as cancer, chronic cough, surgery, arthritis, and more. Oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) are very similar in chemical form and function. Because of this, there are very few differences […]

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16 May

Drug and alcohol abuse can damage your overall health, but what kind of impact does adolescent drug use have on emotional development? To answer this question, let’s meet Mitch and Brenda. Mitch: A Case of Stunted Emotional Development In high school, Mitch had a hard time making friends and struggled academically. Frustrated, sad, and lonely, […]

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13 May

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and addiction are common comorbidities. Meaning, people with ADHD are more likely to turn to substances to cope and people in recovery often discover that they have ADHD. However, ADHD is often underdiagnosed, especially in women. This can make having ADHD in addiction recovery especially challenging. I was misdiagnosed for eight years of my […]

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13 May

If you overheard your teenager tell his friend he was “candy flipping,” would you be concerned? It sounds like he’s popping M&Ms or swapping candy bars with a buddy, right? Sounds like it…but the true meaning is much more concerning. “Candy flipping” is slang for using more than one drug at a time. Since using […]

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12 May

Excuses for Substances Use Disorders Don’t Help Seeking help for addiction is never easy. There are a lot of misconceptions and stigma surrounding it. Moreover, it can be difficult to accept that you’re powerless against addiction. It’s easy to make excuses, claiming that there are reasons you cannot overcome this problem. But excuses are not […]

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12 May

Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate When you think of a person addicted to substances, how does that person appear to you? Do you see someone living in a mansion in Beverly Hills, or do you think of someone living in a tent under a bridge? Whatever comes to mind first, it, most likely, doesn’t scratch the surface […]

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11 May

Reasons Why Injuries Can Lead to Addiction An athlete who has had a significant injury can be at risk of developing an addiction to prescribed medication. The pain of the injury is often so severe that the person would do anything to try to stop it. This type of intense pain can lead to drug […]

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