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7 Options When You Need Help for Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is heartbreaking for both the addict and their family. A person with addiction loses sight of their lives, their responsibilities and their loved ones. But they may not know how to get help for drug addiction. They also may not think they need help because denial is an insidious aspect of addiction. How…

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How to Stop Smoking Weed

Despite weed’s social acceptance and legal status in some states, it’s still a substance with high potential for abuse and addiction. The main ingredient in weed is THC. It changes the brain in ways that make it very difficult to quit marijuana if you’re a heavy user. If you’re wondering how to stop smoking weed,…

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How to Help a Meth Addict

Meth addiction often leads to disturbing symptoms that can make families feel helpless and put meth addicts at serious risk for health and legal problems. Families often describe noticeable physical changes in their meth addicted loved one as a cause for great concern. They also report that their loved one is doing “crazy things they…

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Common Street Names for Prescription Painkillers

Of the 63,600 drug overdose deaths reported in 2016, 42,249 were attributed to opioids. The effects on the brain of the two most commonly prescribed prescription opioids (hydrocodone and oxycodone) are virtually indistinguishable from those of heroin. The addictive nature of prescription opioids is partially responsible for the current prescription drug crisis and the huge underground market…

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Can You Go to Rehab for Depression?

The leading cause of disability, major depressive disorder impacts about 16.1 million adults and 25 million people of all ages in the U.S. and more than 300 million people worldwide. Depression is a serious but treatable illness characterized by intense feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, anger or apathy. Although many people respond to a combination…

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The Relationship Between Opioid Addiction and Marijuana

Recent studies have investigated whether medical marijuana legalization could help curb opioid addiction and the associated opioid overdose epidemic plaguing our nation. The theory is that substituting medicinal marijuana for opioid pain relievers might help reduce opioid-related health consequences. On the other side of the argument, opponents believe marijuana used for recreational purposes may serve…