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Common Reasons Teens Abuse Alcohol or Drugs

The teen years are often considered the most difficult period of a person’s life. After all, how often do you hear anyone over the age of 30 wistfully say, “Oh, to be 15 again…”? Probably never. It’s a vulnerable time of life as teens attempt to navigate the precarious bridge between childhood and adulthood. And…

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CARF Accreditation: What You Need to Know About Rehabs

When you’re looking for addiction rehab, take the time to check into accreditation. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is the industry standard. Though not just anyone is likely to claim to offer medically supervised drug detox or dual diagnosis therapy, becoming accredited is not a small or unimportant task. That’s a big…

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5 Steps to Prioritize Your Recovery Goals

When considering lifelong sobriety, it’s important to know what your priorities are when heading in. Though many people considering entering therapy for substance abuse may find the task of lifelong sobriety to be daunting, the process is easier with goals in mind. These goals can involve your finances, your social or family life, or just…

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How to Build and Maintain a Solid Support System in Recovery

For anyone in recovery, one of the most important tools for continued success is a support system for recovery. This can consist of friends, family members, and ideally, other people who are also in recovery. During a patient’s time at a drug and alcohol treatment center, they may meet and develop close friendships with others…

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Opiate Overdose Timeline

Opiates are central nervous system depressants that slow down your breathing and heart rate, making them especially dangerous to mix with other depressants. Because the opiate overdose timeline is short, experiencing symptoms of an opiate overdose requires immediate medical intervention. The rise in opiate abuse has led to overdoses becoming the leading cause of death…

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Women and Alcoholism

While alcoholism has perhaps traditionally been considered a more prevalent problem among men, alcoholism is an equal opportunity disease. But women and alcoholism are, in many ways, much different than their male counterparts. Researchers across the spectrum of alcohol prevention, treatment, education, and outreach continue to study alcohol’s effects on women, whether different treatment protocols…

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What Is THC?

While marijuana can’t cause fatal overdoses, ingesting large amounts can cause symptoms like anxiety and psychosis. Marijuana causes relaxing and calming emotions, as well as intoxication. Intoxication can impair your judgment and coordination, as well as cause negative emotions, like paranoia. THC is responsible for many of the mood-altering effects you experience when using marijuana.…

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Do I Need THC Addiction Treatment?

Marijuana is usually smoked or vaporized, with effects occurring within 10-15 minutes of inhalation. In small amounts, marijuana causes mild intoxication and feelings of relaxation. THC is the main chemical in marijuana that causes intoxication. Using and abusing marijuana can lead to dependency, which can cause you to wonder do I need THC addiction treatment?…

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Statistics on Teen Substance Abuse

Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that doesn’t discriminate. Anyone, regardless of age, race, background, or gender, can develop a substance abuse disorder. While certain factors can increase your risk of developing an addiction, such as having a close family member with a substance abuse disorder, there is no known reason why only some…