symptoms of alcohol withdrawal

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal can be extraordinarily difficult to weather. Because of this, it’s one of the main reasons that people with a dependency or an alcohol addiction may keep drinking long after it’s begun to control their lives. You may start drinking the same way your friends do, just when you’re out or spending time with…

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dangers of fentanyl

Dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a controlled substance that is sometimes prescribed to treat severe pain levels. Some people also use it recreationally or to self-medicate. It’s made from opioids, but it’s also much stronger than other commonly prescribed ones, like morphine or oxycodone. Although it can help people under a doctor’s orders, fentanyl is extremely addictive and…

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what is a halfway house

What Is a Halfway House For?

The steps of recovery don’t come to a screeching halt after completing a substance abuse treatment program. Although completing a program should be celebrated, you still need to adjust to life without treatment in an environment that will never be controlled the way a facility is. You’ve worked hard, no matter the circumstances, to make…

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coping with loneliness

Coping With Loneliness in Quarantine

For the past couple of years, the entire world has felt as though it’s simultaneously on pause and fast-forwarding. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has left many feeling anchorless, depressed, and perhaps most of all, lonely. You aren’t seeing your friends and loved ones as much as we did before the initial quarantine, and it’s…

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alcohol detox at home

Risks of Completing Alcohol Detox at Home

Alcohol addiction is an easy trap to fall into for many people. Alcohol is readily available and socially accepted; people get drinks to celebrate, mourn, and have fun. For some, that works. For others, alcohol use can become a heavy burden to bear. It’s easy for people to develop an alcohol dependency without knowing they’re…

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What Makes Fentanyl So Dangerous?

What Makes Fentanyl So Dangerous?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was produced in the 1950s. By the 1960s, pharmaceutical fentanyl was on the American market and being used by doctors around the country. Fentanyl is prescribed to treat cancer patients who are experiencing breakthrough pain. These sudden bouts of severe pain occur despite receiving pain medications on a continuous…

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Which Mental Health Disorders Involve Dissociation?

Which Mental Health Disorders Involve Dissociation?

Dissociation is a state of mind that a person can slip into — intentionally and unintentionally — to avoid the grief and despair associated with a traumatic past. This defensive mental process can indicate a dissociative disorder or another mental health condition like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What Is Dissociation?  Dissociation is a mental process…

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Treating OCD in Adults

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety-based mental health disorder that compels people to perform certain behaviors through intrusive thoughts and urges. It cannot be cured, but there are many ways to manage your symptoms through medication and therapy. Many people think of cleanliness and organization when they imagine OCD, but there are many other…

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What's the Difference Between Opioids and Opiates?

What’s the Difference Between Opioids and Opiates?

Opioids are a class of drugs that work to relieve pain in the body. Prescription medications make up a good chunk of opioids that are legally circulating in the population. These addictive chemicals are so effective at easing pain that people frequently abuse them to achieve a state of euphoria and relaxation. Prescription medications have…

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