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What You Should Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is one of the most dangerous drug addictions today. Opioids, which are highly addictive, are often prescribed to treat chronic pain. The client may have had a painful surgery, they may be suffering from complications from an accident, or they may be suffering from the painful side effects of an illness, like… Continue Reading What You Should Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

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How to Confront Your Addiction Diagnosis

When dealing with an addiction, the struggling individual might be the last person to admit that they have a problem. Often, their family and friends will express concern first and might even stage an intervention. While family members or friends may not be physicians or licensed mental health professionals, the concerned party will usually cite… Continue Reading How to Confront Your Addiction Diagnosis

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How Grief and Substance Abuse Are Connected

Grief is an emotion that occurs after loss, especially the loss of a loved one. Symptoms of grief may be denial, shock, guilt, or anger. The trauma experienced from a loss of this kind can be all-consuming and debilitating, causing some individuals to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope or develop other mental health… Continue Reading How Grief and Substance Abuse Are Connected

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What Is Outpatient Drug Rehab?

Millions of people suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. While abuse and addiction may look the same, they are different and usually call for different treatment approaches. Substance abuse and addiction treatment generally fall into two categories: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient rehab involves intensive, 24-hour supervised treatment in a residential setting. Outpatient rehab… Continue Reading What Is Outpatient Drug Rehab?

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Getting High Might Feel Good But It Isn’t Pretty

Many people choose to get high for the same reasons that they drink alcohol. Using marijuana to get high might help you feel short-term relief from symptoms of mental health issues like anxiety or depression. You might have stress at work or home, and you smoke weed to cope. Or, on the weekends, you might… Continue Reading Getting High Might Feel Good But It Isn’t Pretty

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How Celebrating Stress Awareness Month Can Benefit Your Mental Health

April has been observed as Stress Awareness Month since 1992. This nationwide, collaborative effort aims to increase public awareness about the causes and effects of stress, which is considered by most in the healthcare field to be an epidemic in the United States. Stress is generally defined as any factor that causes physical, emotional, or… Continue Reading How Celebrating Stress Awareness Month Can Benefit Your Mental Health

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Learning More About National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Monday, March 22 to Sunday, March 28, 2021, is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW). The goal of NDAFW is to create awareness among teenagers to combat the myths about drugs and alcohol that they are faced with daily from friends, music, TV, social media, movies, and the internet. Started in 2010 by scientists… Continue Reading Learning More About National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

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Understanding Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Substance abuse is a chemical dependency that is characterized by the uncontrollable use of addictive drugs or alcohol. A dependency on addictive substances impacts the mind and body and can have dangerous long-term consequences. Health problems like seizures, internal damage, difficulty breathing, tremors, and brain damage are just some of the harmful and life-threatening effects.… Continue Reading Understanding Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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What’s Next After Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment is a specifically tailored program where individuals in recovery receive the necessary care to overcome addiction. In an inpatient program, the individual resides at the hospital or treatment center for the duration of treatment. The length of time required depends on the person, the severity of the addiction, their physician’s decisions, and the… Continue Reading What’s Next After Inpatient Treatment?