polysubstance abuse

What is Polysubstance Abuse? How Do I Know If I Have a Problem?

Using illicit substances is a dangerous game to play. Substance abuse is no joke, and it impacts a vast amount of individuals throughout the world. What’s even worse and more frightening is that some of those who abuse illicit drugs or alcohol are abusing multiple illicit drugs. What is Polysubstance Abuse? Polysubstance abuse is a…

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How Do You Get a Court Ordered Drug or Alcohol Assessment?

A court-ordered drug or alcohol assessment is used to determine whether or not addiction is present. The assessment is either mandated through court or a concerned individual. In this case, we’ll be getting into the details of a court-related drug or alcohol assessment.  This is a method with the purpose of giving help to those…

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The Truth About Substance Abuse and PTSD in Veterans

Thousands of troops become military veterans within their communities every year. These military personnel return to their day-to-day lives. As stated by the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 1.5 million veterans aged 17 or older (6.6 percent of this population) had a substance use disorder in the past year.  Addiction and PTSD…

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PTSD and Addiction: Our Veterans Matter

Many veterans are struggling with substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States. Traumatic events such as combat exposure and multiple deployments can trigger drug or alcohol use. It can also damage one’s mental health after returning home.  As a result, PTSD and addiction can occur. PTSD and addiction should not be taken…

How a Child of an Addict Can Approach Their Parent About Recovery

A Guide for Any Child of an Addict “25% of American children live with a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. These children may have more responsibilities or may have different priorities in life due to the toxic environment that they are in.” Addiction affects many Americans. It’s no surprise that many children…

Overdose Awareness Day in 2019

A Look at International Overdose Awareness Day in 2019

  “Over 72,000 Americans died from a drug-related overdose in 2017. Overdoses caused by illicit drugs and prescription drugs increased two-folds within the last decade.”   Overdose rates are continuing to climb in America. More and more Americans are losing their lives to both prescription drugs and illicit drugs. To raise awareness for this issue,…

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Understanding Fentanyl: What is it? What Should I Know?

What is Fentanyl? To put it simply, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug. What that means is that, like morphine, it is produced in labs, considered a “downer,” and works by affecting the pain receptors in the brain so as to reduce feelings and perception of pain. Also like morphine, fentanyl was produced as a…

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5 Dangerous Drugs in Florida You Need to Know

Opioids have been taking over the country and killing at alarmingly increasing rates. While the opioid crisis has shocked the nation, there are drugs that haven’t caused as many deaths but can still be just as deadly. Even though legislation and discussions surrounding the issue of drugs have become more common but more frequently linked…

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The Opioid Crisis in Florida: Scary Facts in the Sunshine State

The Opioid Crisis Opioids and opiates are drugs that are made from the opium poppy plant, and that act as “downers”. The substances in the drug act directly in opioid receptors of the brain, which are popularly referred to as “pleasure receptors”. Legal, lab-produced versions of these drugs are usually prescribed for pain management. These…

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Why Vaping Isn’t As Harmless as Many Think

What is Vaping? Vaping is a popularized term for smoking e-cigarettes, which can also be referred to as “juuling”. E-cigarettes work by producing an aerosol as it heats up a specific liquid made for it. This liquid can contain many different substances, most commonly nicotine, chemicals used for the aerosol, and fragrances that can be…