Abused Substances

Domestic Violence and Addiction

Nearly 80 % of reported domestic violence crimes involve drugs and alcohol. That is a large percentage. Domestic violence is a broad term for a lot of different types of behaviors and actions. This affects both men and women. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Domestic violence does not always constitute physical violence- it can encompass various other types of harm to overpower an individual and keep them in fear of the other. On a …

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Common Addictions: Are You Addicted?

Addiction is an extremely broad term. You can be addicted to a variety of substances, behaviors, and activities. Some addictions can be understood easier than others, but in the end, it is still an addiction. How do you feel about your habits?           You can be addicted to almost anything. The more commonly heard about addictions include drugs and alcohol. Substances such as booze, heroin, cocaine, prescription medications, meth, or crack. These drugs and alcohol take over the brain and body and you are left with a compulsive need to continue using. An addict will continue using no matter what the …

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Have you Relapsed?

A relapse does not mean you failed. A relapse is when a person is trying to get clean from drugs or alcohol and begins using the drug or alcohol again.   This can happen to anyone- someone with 24 hours clean or 10 years clean. Unfortunately, this is common in recovery. After a relapse, no matter how big or small it may seem to be, reach out and pick up recovery again. There is always help for someone that has relapsed. Addiction is a brain disease. It causes people to continue using drugs despite the negative consequences, whether those be legal, physical, …

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Overdose Prevention

The most current numbers from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) show that in 2018 almost 69,000 Americans fatally overdosed.  An estimated 47,590 involved opioids, and 31,897 involved synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and tramadol. These numbers are out of control. Drugs and drug use has changed in recent years. The amount of overdoses is back on the rise. The number of fatal overdoses has more than tripled since 1990. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/index.html An overdose is when the human body receives too much of a substance or mixture of substances. Different drugs can cause different effects in the body. Opioids …

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The Holidays for an Addict

It can be difficult to navigate the holidays for an addict. It is a time to eat, drink, and be merry. Holidays are a time to be spent with family and loved ones. The holidays can be stressful for everyone. You don’t need alcohol or drugs to be festive this season. Here are some tips to help prevent a relapse. Have a plan. Especially if you are new in recovery and going to a holiday party. If you know there may be alcohol there drive yourself so you can leave when you are ready. Know your triggers. For common triggers …

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What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever. It was approved by the FDA to treat chronic or severe pain, usually used after surgery or for advanced cancer pains. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. This drug is very addictive. Fentanyl can be made illegally making it even more dangerous. In 2017, synthetic opioids, primarily illegally- made fentanyl, passed prescribed opioids as the most common drug involved in overdose deaths in the US. Fentanyl is a very dangerous drug on its own. Illicitly Manufactured Fentanyl, (IMF), is on the rise. It is impossible to know how potent …

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How Can I Look for a Drug Treatment Center in Florida Without Getting Overwhelmed?

Searching for a drug addiction treatment program can sometimes feel overwhelming, yet it helps to remember that you are doing the best thing for you or your loved one. The right drug treatment center in Florida has everything that a person needs to begin their journey to sobriety. Once you are admitted to the program, you gain access to professional counselors along with opportunities to learn how to enjoy life without using drugs to feel happy. However, you do have to start somewhere, and your first task is to find a drug treatment program that feels right. Ideally, you should …

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Can I Learn How to Stop Enabling an Addict Even Though It’s Hard?

Addiction has a wide-ranging effect and can affect interpersonal dynamics between you and the person under the influence. Many times, the addicted individual will develop patterns of manipulation to hide their addiction, get money for their drug of choice and induce those around them to enable their drug use. This “enabling” keeps the addiction going and can be very destructive to relationships. However, breaking the patterns of manipulation and enabling can be very difficult. Here are a few facts about enabling that can help you change your behavior patterns. How Patterns of Enabling Form Getting and using the drug is …

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How Do I Know What to Bring to Rehab?

Seeking help and treatment for substance abuse is not always easy, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process of inpatient rehab programs or the resources that are available near you. If you do not have experience with attending a rehabilitation program in the past, you may feel frazzled when considering a long-term program while thinking of the items that you are permitted to bring with you throughout the duration of your stay. Not all inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient rehab programs operate the same. The only type of rehabilitation solution that requires you to relocate while completing your chosen …

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How Can a Palm Beach Drug Rehab Help Me Get Back in Touch With Myself?

Substance abuse is viewed in many different ways by the scientific and medical communities. Some theorize that it’s a medical disorder, a physical condition that once activated becomes tough to beat because of physical symptoms of withdrawal and the phenomenon of craving. Others in the community believe it’s a spiritual disorder, a case of emptiness that’s being filled with the sensations given to drug users that they otherwise could get from a spiritual program. Still, others believe it’s a psychiatric condition, something where a patient is using because of a mental disorder (AKA: self-medicating behavior). No matter what addiction is, …

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