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The Shocking Prevalence of Fentanyl-Laced Drugs

It's impossible to talk about drug overdose deaths nowadays without fentanyl being mentioned. One of the most powerful opioids in existence (it’s easily 100 times more potent than morphine), fentanyl is the driving force behind the opioid epidemic currently sweeping...

What Happens When Veins Are Damaged?

The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself. The skin, liver, and even your brain can bounce back from major damage and injury. Although our regenerative powers are considerable, it does have its limits. Veins, the delicate tissues that circulate blood from...

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Slip vs Relapse: What’s The Difference?

Addiction is an all-consuming disease that can have us do, say, and think things we never would otherwise. It can cause us to abandon our instincts for self-preservation and ultimately turn us into a version of ourselves that we no longer recognize. It’s only natural...

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

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...

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The Truth About Substance Abuse and PTSD in Veterans

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...

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PTSD and Addiction: Our Veterans Matter

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. ...

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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...

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What Is International Overdose Awareness Day?

What Is International Overdose Awareness Day?

International Overdose Awareness Day is an annual campaign created to educate the public on this critical public health issue, dispel the stigma surrounding drug-related deaths, and acknowledge the loved ones who were lost due to a drug overdose. As the number of...

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

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...

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5 Dangerous Florida Drugs You Need to Know About

5 Dangerous Florida Drugs You Need to Know About

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...

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

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...

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Why Vaping Isn't As Harmless as Many Think

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...

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What Does Enabling Mean? How to Know What Helps and What Hurts

What Does Enabling Mean? How to Know What Helps and What Hurts

What does “enable” mean? The definition I think applies here, according to Merriam-Webster, is “to make possible, practical, or easy” (emphasis mine).  Enabling looks a lot like love, probably because it’s done through love. We do what we can to make the way “easier”...

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Getting Sober in Jail

Getting Sober in Jail

Getting Sober in Jail Getting sober in jail may be the best thing that can happen for someone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol. Many convicts committed crimes while under the influence or committed crimes due to a need to get drugs or alcohol. These individuals...

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