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Effects of Cocaine on the Nervous System

Commonly known as “coke,” “blow” and “snow,” cocaine is a drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. It can be used medically as a topical anesthetic, but it is most widely used recreationally as a stimulant. When used for recreational purposes, cocaine is typically sold in powdered form, which is snorted or burned …

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How Anxiety Derails Addiction Recovery

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the U.S. Almost 30% of Americans struggle with it at some point in their lives. And if you have an anxiety disorder, research shows you’re two to three times more likely to struggle with substance abuse than the general population. It’s a combination that …

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Common Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms

Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are a class of prescription drugs that are used to treat conditions such as anxiety, seizures, and panic disorders. Unfortunately, benzos are also addictive. Benzo withdrawal is a necessary part of recovery, and knowing what to expect can help you take the first step. Here are some of the most …

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Is There a Genetic Predisposition for Alcoholism?

Many people wonder if there is an alcoholism gene that automatically gets passed from generation to generation and determines whether people will drink in an unhealthy way. It’s true that certain genes do make some people more vulnerable to excessive alcohol use, but it’s also true that not everyone who is at risk for alcoholism …

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Stress vs. Anxiety as Triggers for Addiction: Which Is Worse?

There’s a lot to be said about stress vs. anxiety as triggers for addiction. Both are significant drivers of substance abuse, but which is worse? It’s a tricky question, but most addiction treatment specialists and studies confirm that anxiety is typically the more potent catalyst for drug or alcohol problems. What’s the difference between stress …

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Warning Signs of Addiction

Addiction isn’t always easy to recognize, even for people close to a loved one struggling with it. While some signs of addiction seem obvious, it’s not uncommon for someone to ignore them. However, ignoring the warning signs of addiction won’t make it go away. In many cases, that only makes things worse. Learning what to …

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Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms to Know

Heroin is a highly addictive substance. If it hooked you, you’re probably no longer using it for the high, which becomes increasingly elusive. Instead, you’re trying to keep symptoms of heroin withdrawal at bay. At Promises Behavioral Health, our heroin addiction treatment centers provide support during detox and beyond. Our team of compassionate clinicians will …

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What Role Do 12-Step Programs Play During and After Drug Rehab?

The 12-step program remains an active element of the recovery path for many people working through addiction. The program offers a sense of community and support that can be beneficial during and after drug rehab. If you are struggling with a substance use disorder, the drug rehab programs at Promises can help. Our experienced staff …

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The Benefits of Residential Drug Rehab

Government surveys report that over 2 million Americans require drug recovery treatment. Sadly, those same surveys confirm that less than three percent of those who need it will never set foot inside a rehab facility. One might have sympathized with a person who faced hospitalization for drug rehab treatment in the past. Hospitals can feel intimidating …

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10 Signs that Your Loved One Needs Addiction Treatment

Addiction can take many shapes and forms. It can be physical or psychological and manifests in different ways. But one thing is certain: addiction is a serious problem that should not be taken lightly. When a loved one is exhibiting signs that they are addicted, it’s important to take action to try to get them …

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