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What is the Real Cost of Addiction?

What is the real cost of addiction you may ask? Addiction affects every part of your life. It can hurt your family. You end up losing friendships. Your work is affected. Your brain and body are going through tough changes. Addiction spills over into the community, as well. Overdoses and diseases are a part of drug abuse. So, what impact does that have? Let’s face it drug abuse will always progress. For an addict, the drug or the booze will begin to take over more and more aspects of their lives. The addiction has to be sustained so problems occur. …

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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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Being Addicted and Exploring your Treatment Options

Being addicted to drugs and alcohol is a difficult admission. However, once you accept your addiction you can begin to treat it. Addiction becomes a lifestyle. It becomes the default answer to most of an addict’s problems. There is treatment for those struggling with an addiction. Doing a little research and answering some tough questions is the way to a brighter tomorrow. Being an addict or alcoholic means you have lost control on your substance use. There are a few signs that drugs or alcohol are taking control. Signs that someone is struggling include: Changes in personality and behavior. Changes …

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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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Drugs and Diseases and Disorders

Drugs and diseases and disorders can run hand- in- hand. Drug use wreaks havoc on the brain and body. A disease or disorder can unintentionally lead to an addiction. Drug use increases the risk of contracting infections, mental disorders, or serious diseases. While using drugs, an addict may not know exactly what they are doing to their body and brain. There can be a cause and effect relationship between drugs and diseases and disorders. For example, sharing a needling when using drugs intravenously can lead to diseases like Hepatitis C (a serious liver disease) or HIV/ AIDS. There are diseases …

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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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What does a Rehab do?

A drug rehab, or rehabilitation, is a facility a person goes to when they are ready to take the first step into recovery. Rehabs are places that help people looking for a better, healthier life away from drugs or alcohol. From admissions to aftercare, there is a recovery specialist along the way to help an addict get to the next place best in their recovery.  There are quite a few different types of facilities and programs available. Inpatient rehabs are residential programs. These programs usually being with detox. In detox, medications can be offered. Medications such as Methadone or Suboxone …

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