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7 Ways to Prevent Relapse

Addiction is an uphill battle, and no matter where you are on the path to remaining substance-free`, it is not one that ends. Getting clean might involve seeking professional and even medical help to ensure that you can go through withdrawal safely, but after the immediacy of your physical addiction has passed, you will have…

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How Long Does It Take To Detox From Alcohol?

One must first understand how alcohol works in the human body and how testing for alcohol intoxication is achieved before the alcohol detoxification process can be understood. Alcohol intoxication is the body’s change from normal functioning to a physiological state of impairment induced by the excessive consumption of alcohol. But how long does it take…

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Fentanyl Addiction and Overdose

What is Fentanyl?Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug that is used as an analgesic or anesthetic. The drug is typically used to treat patients with moderate to severe pain or to help manage pain after surgery. Fentanyl is one of the strongest opioid drugs available today and it is important to know how to…

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Percocet Addiction

What is Percocet?Percocet is a brand name prescription narcotic that is a combination of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen, and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is a powerful opioid narcotic in several potent pain relievers, and Acetaminophen is a popular over-the-counter pain reliever, whose most common brand is Tylenol. It is important to…

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Helping Others Benefits Adolescent Addicts

Low Regard for Others Linked to Severity of Alcohol & Drug UseA study published online on March 8, 2016, titled Low Other-Regard and Adolescent Addiction, explores the relationship between inconsiderate behaviors and alcohol and drug use severity in adolescents. In a study design with 579 youths ages 14 to 18 (52% female, 30% minority), a…

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President Obama Addresses Opioid and Heroin Abuse Epidemic

Opioid Abuse is as Important a Threat as TerrorismPresident Barack Obama traveled to Atlanta Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to speak to about 2,000 people attending the 5th annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.  The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal…

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CDC Report on Opioids and Their Use

Opioids are Inappropriate Medicine for Chronic PainThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on March 15, 2016, its eagerly awaited report on opioids and the corresponding guidelines for their use as medicine for chronic pain. Presented in a Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) article, the CDC report on opioids and their use clearly…

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Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin and Heroin AddictionHeroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, which is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the opium poppy plant, Papaver somiferum. After processing, heroin is normally seen on the street as a white or brown powder, or as a black sticky substance, which is also…