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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Will Negative Thinking Sabotage My Recovery Goals?

Even with negative thoughts racing through your head, it may be hard to focus on anything else, especially those ambitions. Goals can seem hard to achieve when the mindset is not right. Negative thinking can get in the way of your recovery if you don’t stop it in its tracks. Here are some strategies to…

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Does Breathing Better Help You Feel Better?

Some people find it hard to fall asleep. Those people are not alone in that insomnia is a common sleep disorder affecting nearly one third of American adults. A smaller percentage of those experience chronic, frequent, sleeping problems. Lives are getting busier, more fast-paced and filled with stresses people are not even noticing until they…

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Benzodiazepine Dependence

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a type of medication known as tranquilizers that are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, seizures, and muscle tension. Benzos such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium and other anti-anxiety medication are designed for short-term use, usually a few weeks or months, since they are highly addictive. Benzos are commonly abused, although…

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Will Bowls Help Me Eat Healthier In Recovery?

Whatever you want to call them, ‘power bowls,’ ‘grain bowls, they are all names for the same thing. Basically, a power-packed, nutrient-dense bowl of food that includes lots of healthy elements like quinoa, rice, greens, and loads of veggies. There can be proteins or no proteins but basically it is a healthy way of getting…

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The Effects of Addiction

A person battling addiction is at risk of severe physical and mental health complications, overdose, and early death. A person can develop an addiction to things other than drugs or alcohol. Some people suffer from an addiction to gambling, gaming, sex, using the Internet, social media, tobacco, caffeine, and much more. All addictions interfere with…

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Does Self-Care Help Anxiety?

Self-care is not exactly how people picture it to be. Even if you do one thing for yourself, in that moment, it may relieve a little pressure, but you’re right back into it again the moment you’re done. Radical self-care does not always help anxiety the way people think. In fact, it can exacerbate it…

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Fentanyl: Potent and Addictive

Fentanyl is an extremely potent and addictive opioid that leads to health complications, overdose, and death. Overdose is common with fentanyl abuse because users build a high level of tolerance in a very short time. Medical professionals use fentanyl for patients as a form of pain management, but many people who are addicted to painkillers…

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Should You Be Practicing Hygge?

Winter is a time to slow down and start to enjoy the cooler days ahead. Depending where you live, winter may look different for you but it is usually followed by some cooler weather, even if it is not a snowy clime. Crackling fires, fuzzy socks, mugs of hot cocoa, and warm blankets may not…

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