Month: March 2020

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Can You Break the Cycle of Addiction?

For many people, the cycle of addiction starts with their families. They may have parents, siblings, or other people close to them who abuse substances. Because of that, they may have learned these habits and behaviors from a young age. When that’s coupled with easy access to substances such as alcohol and drugs, addiction can …

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Dangers of Designer Drugs

Designer drugs are lab-created substances that are meant to emulate the effects of other drugs, like opiates, stimulants, and hallucinogens. Among the many dangers of designer drugs are that manufacturers create these synthetic substances in a manner that makes them legal or difficult to regulate. Substances like Spice and K2, popularly abused designer drugs, are …

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Addiction and the Brain: What You Need to Know

One of the main problems with drugs and alcohol is that they affect the way the brain works. They can cause serious and significant problems for anyone who uses or abuses them, especially over the long term. It’s important to understand addiction and the brain, so you can get a better idea of how drug …

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Is Alcohol a Drug?

People often refer to drugs and alcohol, which makes it sound as though alcohol is in a separate category. But some people wonder, is alcohol a drug? The short answer is yes. It affects the body in a number of ways, and can be very detrimental if it’s misused or abused. Fortunately, at Promises Behavioral Health we can …

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Social Media, Teens, and Substance Abuse

Social media is big for teens. It’s a major way in which they interact with each other, and it can be positive. There are many downsides to social media use too, as many parents know, and substance abuse and mental health issues are two very important ones. Social media use can become obsessive in some …

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Dangerous Prescription Medication: Are You Putting Yourself at Risk?

If you’re trying to figure out if the medication you’re taking is dangerous, doing some research is a good idea. There are dangerous prescription medication options out there, especially if you’re taking something that wasn’t prescribed for you or you’re taking a dosage that’s more than your doctor recommended. However, you don’t have to live …

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Signs Of Codependency

Substance abuse is a big problem for many people in the United States. People with this disorder are often in unhealthy relationships, including that of a codependent one. Knowing and understanding the signs of codependency will help you if you’re in this type of situation. Although it may be difficult to see a way forward, …

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