Addicted to Benzos and Opioids

Addicted to Benzos and Opioids

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a class of medication typically prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, 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

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How Meth Use Affects Your Brain and Body

How Meth Use Affects Your Brain and Body

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is an addictive stimulant drug that comes in the form of a powder and can be made into a pill or a shiny rock called crystal meth. The powder can be eaten or snorted or

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Finding Support in Recovery

Finding Support in Recovery

Support from sober loved ones and friends are import for success in recovery. Positive reinforcement and encouragement strengthens you through the journey to substance-free living. New, sober friendships often develop in group meetings. In AA, a sponsor is available to

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Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Mental

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Why Recovery is One Day at a Time

Why Recovery is One Day at a Time

Addiction is complex disease that changes the way your brain functions. When you use drugs or alcohol, you are at high risk of growing dependent on them. Using drugs or alcohol more frequently and in higher doses puts you at

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The Benefits of Fitness in Addiction Recovery

The Benefits of Fitness in Addiction Recovery

Recovery is very challenging and is a lifelong process. For those who struggle with addiction, recovery can seem impossible. Addiction is complex and changes the way our brains function. It takes determination, encouragement, and support to maintain sobriety. In recovery,

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Substance Abuse and Addiction Fostered by Complicated Grief

Substance Abuse and Addiction Fostered by Complicated Grief

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Losing

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Understanding the Intensive Outpatient Program

Understanding the Intensive Outpatient Program

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) treats people who have a substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental health illness. This program is ideal for those who do not require detox or supervision. An IOP is an alternative to residential treatment.

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Addicted to the Internet and Gaming

Addicted to the Internet and Gaming

When we hear about addiction, we usually think of drug or alcohol abuse. Addiction comes in many forms, including addictive behaviors. A person can develop an addiction to gambling, shopping, porn, the Internet, and gaming. Many people use the Internet

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