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Finding an AA Sponsor | Just Believe Recovery Center
Alcohol Addiction

Finding an AA Sponsor

If you are participating in Alcohol Anonymous (AA) meetings as one means of sustaining long-term sobriety after undergoing treatment, another person in recovery (or an addiction professional) has probably recommended you seek out a sponsor. For many, this may seem like a daunting task. Still,

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Is It Safe to Combine Gabapentin and Alcohol? | Just Believe Recovery

Is It Safe to Combine Gabapentin and Alcohol?

Gabapentin (e.g., Neurontin) is a popular prescription anti-convulsant medication commonly used to treat nerve pain related to shingles and seizures. Gabapentin and alcohol should not be used in conjunction. Pfizer, the maker of Neurontin, Pfizer, states in a black box warning for the drug: “Do

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Dangers of Snorting Ambien | Just Believe Recovery
Abused Substances

Dangers of Snorting Ambien

Ambien (Zolpidem) is a sedative-hypnotic or Z-drug commonly prescribed to help people suffering from sleep disturbances. Snorting Ambien (Zolpidem) can lead to permanent damage to the nose and the surrounding tissues, dangerous behaviors while sleeping (somnambulism), and overdose. Administering Ambien in this way can also

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Can You Be Allergic to Alcohol? | Just Believe Recovery
Alcohol Addiction

Can You Be Allergic to Alcohol?

Yes, many people are allergic to alcohol, as well as products used to make and process alcohol. Often confused with alcohol intolerance, a metabolic disorder, an alcohol allergy occurs when a person has an allergic reaction to something present in the alcohol they’re drinking. This

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Risks of Smoking or Snorting Klonopin | Just Believe Recoverymoking or Snorting Klonopin | Just Believe Recovery
Abused Substances

Risks of Smoking or Snorting Klonopin

Even when taken as directed, Klonopin (clonazepam) comes with the risk of side effects and complications. Smoking and snorting drugs such as Klonopin allow them to enter the body more rapidly, which results in a much higher risk of central nervous system (CNS) depression, severe

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Dangers of Using Prozac and Alcohol | Just Believe Recovery
Abused Substances

Dangers of Using Prozac and Alcohol

Prozac (fluoxetine) is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) and an antidepressant used to treat various mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. FDA-Approved Prozac medical applications include the following: Major depressive disorder Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) Bulimia nervosa Panic disorder with or without agoraphobia

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Dangers of Snorting Hydrocodone | Just Believe Recovery
Abused Substances

Dangers of Snorting Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is a prescription opioid approved to treat moderate pain. It is technically classified as a painkiller but can also cause central nervous system (CNS) depression. Norco, a common brand of hydrocodone, also contains acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) that may serve to relieve pain further. Hydrocodone

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Is Lean Illegal? | Just Believe Recovery Addiction Treatment
Abused Substances

Is Lean Illegal?

Lean (also colloquially known as “purple drank” or “sizzurp”) is a drug cocktail that consists of cough medication (codeine), hard candy, and a soft drink (often Sprite). The psychoactive ingredient in Lean, codeine, is classified as a Schedule II drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration

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Oregon First State to Decriminalize Hard Drugs | Just Believe Recovery
Addiction News

Oregon First State to Decriminalize Hard Drugs

Oregon has become the first U.S. state to stop charging drug users with criminal offenses. On November 3rd, voters passed a ballot measure that decriminalizes possession of heroin, oxycodone, meth, LSD, cocaine, and other so-called “hard” drugs. “Today’s victory is a landmark declaration that the

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Is Adderall an Opioid? | Just Believe Recovery Center
Abused Substances

Is Adderall an Opioid?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine-amphetamine) is not an opioid. Opioids are a category of drugs that include painkilling medications and illicit substances that depress the CNS (central nervous system). Amphetamines such as Adderall have the opposite effect—they stimulate or speed up the CNS through increased production of certain

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