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Rave Parties: Safety Precautions

Rave parties are well known for loud, thumping music, vibrant light shows and the eccentric costumes they inspire. However, there’s another side to rave parties that can have catastrophic effects on concert-goers: illicit drugs. If you’re planning on attending a rave party, know the lingo, behaviors and hazards to watch out for. Know the Phrases…

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Is Psychological Dependence the Same as Being Addicted?

Along with non-addicted substance abuse, addiction is the driving reason for seeking substance treatment. People affected by addiction commonly have an underlying condition called physical dependence. However, in addition to physical dependence, you may also experience a problem called psychological dependence. Interestingly, not all people who are psychologically dependent on a drug develop physical dependence…

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Dependent Personality Disorder in Women

For many women, the ability to balance independence with dependency is easily managed. However, for women suffering from Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD), the challenge to function independently can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there DPD can be treated. One setting in which women with DPD can find effective treatment in a comfortable atmosphere is a women’s mental…

Books to read after rehab

Best Books to Read After Rehab

You’ve made it through rehab! Now what? Substance abuse treatment centers should prepare you for sober living, but sometimes it still hits you hard. You’ve been used to numbing your emotions and not taking responsibility for your life. Having to learn how to feel and to take care of yourself — to really care for…

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Buprenorphine Long-Term Side Effects

Buprenorphine is an opioid that is prescribed under brand names like Suboxone to help addicts wean off of stronger narcotics like heroin. It is meant to be used short-term with close medical supervision. However, it doesn’t always work out that way. Whether through doctor error or through intentional abuse, some people take buprenorphine much longer…