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  • Are You Struggling with Polysubstance Abuse? - Are you struggling with alcohol or drug abuse? If so, do you only have one substance of abuse or are there more? It is possible that, in fact, you may be struggling with polysubstance abuse. This is a phrase that more and more physicians and counselors are becoming familiar with. You see, in cases of polysubstance abuse, many times the individual is more interested in the mood-altering effects of being “high” than the actual addiction to one specific substance. What is the Definition of Polysubstance… Continue Reading
  • 8 Recommended Steps for Performing an Intervention - More than 53% of Americans have at least one relative or friend who has a drug or alcohol problem.  One of the best ways for loved ones to help an addicted individual is to stage an intervention.  The purpose of a structured intervention is to help the person realize it's time to get help. What is an intervention?  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as: "An occurrence in which a person with a problem (such as a drug addiction) is confronted by a group (as of… Continue Reading
  • Administering Naloxone Reduces Opioid Overdose Deaths - Knowing how to administer naloxone reduces opioid overdose deaths. Any person who has a loved one who is taking prescription painkillers (opioids) or who abuses illegal opioids such as heroin or fentanyl needs to know how to administer this life-saving drug. It can literally save the life of your loved one. How Naloxone Reduces Opioid Overdose Deaths Naloxone temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. Evidence shows that naloxone does save lives.   “Naloxone is a safe antidote to a… Continue Reading
  • Is Substance Misuse in Rural Communities Worse Today? - If you live in a small rural community, you know that these areas are not immune to substance misuse and addiction. In fact, adults from rural areas in the United States have higher rates of prescription drug and heroin addiction along with more methamphetamine misuse. They use tobacco and alcohol more than individuals in urban areas of the United States. It is time to realize that substance misuse in rural communities may be getting worse today. Factors Contributing to Substance Misuse in Rural Communities There… Continue Reading
  • Teen Recreational Drug Use: Some Things Parents Should Know - Most of today’s parents are aware of the risks of teen substance abuse.  But, do these parents know the underlying reasons that cause their teen to experiment with recreational drugs?  It’s easy for parents to assume that their child got involved with the wrong crowd or that it’s just a passing phase that they will outgrow.   The truth is, all teens go through a variety of emotional, social, hormonal, and mental changes that can lead to a number of issues such as depression, low self-esteem,… Continue Reading
  • What is the Difference in Methamphetamine and Amphetamine? - While methamphetamine and amphetamine have similarities, there are many differences between the two substances. Both of these drugs are stimulants which means they both create energy and a loss of appetite. In addition, the user experiences euphoria and a sense of confidence and increased self-esteem. However, methamphetamine is a far more dangerous drug because of its potential for addiction. Furthermore, the effects meth has on a person’s physical and emotional health are much worse than amphetamine’s effects. Differences in Methamphetamine and Amphetamine Physicians prescribe amphetamine… Continue Reading
  • Individuals are Using More Xanax for Anxiety Relief Today - With all of the turbulence going on in our lives today, it is no wonder that many individuals think that they need a prescription to help them relax and calm their nerves.  However, this is not always the best choice. You should try other ways of relaxing before starting a prescription for Xanax or any other benzodiazepine. These drugs should only be used for short-term anxiety relief or insomnia and not for long periods of time. They can be addictive if the user abuses or… Continue Reading
  • Are You Using Alcohol as a Stress Reliever during COVID-19? - As COVID-19 continues with the nation slowly re-opening businesses and workplaces, the stress of it all seems to carry on. Individuals are understandably fearful of what the re-opening of our country may mean to us all. Is coronavirus going to surge again? Will I be safe if I return to my workplace with others who might possibly be carrying the virus? Will I still have a job when all of this is over? The questions in our minds just go on and on. It makes… Continue Reading
  • The Epidemic Within the Pandemic: Opioid Addiction - Long before anyone ever heard of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the opioid epidemic that we have been fighting for years. Opioid addiction is not taking a break while we struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, many individuals who were receiving treatment such as methadone from a clinic aren’t eligible to take a 28-day supply of the methadone home to take under their own supervision. Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs Some of the opioid addiction treatment programs include medication-assisted treatment along with counseling. One of the… Continue Reading
  • COVID-19 Isolation and Avoiding Relapse - People who are in addiction recovery may face more issues during COVID-19 isolation. During this pandemic, everyone is feeling stressed, anxious, and fearful. However, for those in recovery, avoiding relapse during COVID-19 isolation can become a real battle. Trying to cope with this new way of life can become overwhelming for those individuals in recovery from addiction.  Daily activities such as attending support meetings, aftercare counseling, and sober activities such as going out for coffee, dinner, or a movie have been brought to an abrupt… Continue Reading

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