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 How Do People Become Addicted to Pills? 

Pill addiction is becoming more common with people who are using painkillers and opioids to numb their pain. Average, everyday citizens, including teenagers, are becoming addicted to pills. People with drug addiction are not who everyone thinks they are and it can happen to anyone. Neighbors, friends, and colleagues are struggling with addiction. Find out…

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How Do I Tell Opioid Medications Apart and Know the Signs of Addiction?

Oxycodone and Percocet are drugs that often get confused, but are very different. Both are opioid medications which support a person in pain. They are both powerful drugs which have become synonymous with the opioid epidemic. Any drug containing oxycodone, including Percocet, has potential for abuse. They are highly addictive. Find out more about these…

Opioid Abuse and Addiction

Opiates are extremely addictive and come from opium, which is derived from the poppy plant. Opiates cover a variety of drugs. Some are natural, synthetic, legal, illegal, recreational, or medicinal. Natural opiate drugs have been used to treat nervous disorders, cancers, and other conditions. Most painkillers are opiates and are prescribed for pain relief, but…

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You Don’t See It, but Drug Use is Changing You

Drug and alcohol abuse destroys the brain. By sending mixed signals to your brain’s neurotransmitters, drugs effectively trick your brain into craving more and more of them, as they wreak havoc on organs and bodily functions. This craving turns into full scale dependency– a term that indicates that the body has transitioned from simply enjoying…

Signs Your Habit is Spiraling out of Control

Drug use is an unfortunate epidemic that affects millions of Americans. Ranging from casual use to severe addiction, individuals from all walks of life suffer the dangerous effects of consuming toxic substances on a daily basis.There are some, however, who very much believe that their drug habit is completely under control, and that there is…

How do I choose the right treatment plan?

The biggest step in your fight against addiction is making the decision to seek professional help from a recovery center. Once you have decided that help, at the present moment, is beyond your control, you will find that your attitude towards your addiction will change to one that is more action-based and goal-oriented. Acknowledging your…

Is it possible to be addicted to more than one substance?

Yes. Known usually as “polysubstance dependence,” addiction to more than one drug is possible, and it is unfortunately becoming more common as access to illegal substances becomes more and more open. There are typically two instances in which an addiction to more than one drug occurs. The first typically happens when an individual suffers from…

How do I say no to my triggers?

People say it often, but it is often a lot harder to avoid common triggers of your addiction when going through your everyday life. If you are not careful, you can find yourself in situations where you feel powerless to stop yourself from engaging in activities that you could put you at risk of falling…

Quitting “Cold Turkey” Rarely Works: Here’s Why

When an individual regularly consumes toxic substances like drugs and alcohol, he or she may consume with the impression that quitting will be as easy as starting was. In fact, several surveys indicate that individuals in these situations often deem themselves perfectly capable of quitting anytime they’d like. Their strategy is typically one that includes…