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Is heroin detox worse than prescription opioids?

Opioids come in many varieties. From prescription painkillers to street-manufactured heroin and fentanyl, opioids are out there causing a wide range of issues due in large part to the abuse of opioid substances.  The real issue with opioids is the highly addictive nature of drugs that contain opium as an active ingredient. Initially, opioids create […]

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How to Deal With a Secret Alcoholic?

Alcoholism can have some adverse effects on your health: your emotional well-being, professional life, and personal relationships will be affected. Nonetheless, there is a considerable percentage of alcoholics who usually function well such that they can maintain their household and their current jobs. Such individuals usually hide their alcohol addiction for many years, and they […]

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Is Fentanyl Dangerous?

Is fentanyl dangerous? Well, any drug can be dangerous, but accidental overdose deaths from this drug have risen sharply in recent years. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid first created in 1960 by a Belgian chemist named Paul Janssen. Dr. Janssen was trying to synthesize new molecules that would be effective for the treatment of […]

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Where Can I Get Group Therapy for Cannabis Use?

Substance abuse disorders can be puzzling and confusing. This disease of addiction can be a tricky thing to both personally accept, let alone seek help when the situation becomes a problem. There are a number of drugs that can trigger an addiction.  The list of substances is not restricted to illegal street drugs. Even alcohol […]


What is Tramadol?

Tramadol is an opioid medication that is used for treating pain. The FDA has issued multiple warnings due to a high risk of dependency and addiction, plus the potential for dangerous side effects. While Tramadol can be used responsibly, it is often the first painkiller that leads people down the road of addiction. The serious […]

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Can You Actually Stay Sober Without AA?

Substance abuse problems can turn your life upside down. Battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol may seem like a hopeless and lonely struggle. It doesn’t need to be. There is help for those who suffer.  Hope is found in various approaches to recovery. A program that has stood the test of time in helping […]

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What is the Strongest Non-Opioid Pain Medication?

Opium has been used for centuries for pain relief. In fact, it’s referenced as early as 3400 BC by the Sumerians in lower Mesopotamia, which would be southwest Asia today. The Sumerians called it the joy plant, passed it along to the Assyrians, who then gave this knowledge to the Egyptians. Of course, these people […]

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What is a Safer Alternative to Opioids?

What is a safer alternative to opioids? As concerns about addiction, overdose and overuse of opioids rise, many doctors are looking to alternatives to standard opioid therapy, especially for chronic pain. Many states now have laws prohibiting doctors from prescribing more than a seven-day supply of any opioid-containing medication at once for patients not being […]


How do Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon differ?

It’s very difficult to walk the road of recovery alone. No matter how much good work gets done in rehab, the recovering addict will always need a little help along the way to stay sober. Under the best of circumstances, that help would always be there in the form of family and friends lending support. […]

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Does Suboxone Block the Effects of Weed?

Does Suboxone block the effects of weed? No. In fact, the two substances work in the body in completely different ways. Opioids work in the brain’s limbic system, which is associated with mood and emotion. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD work here, too, but on totally different receptors. Opioids work on the brain’s opioid receptors, […]