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Drug and alcohol use are common but can lead to addiction, which requires treatment to overcome. Read more about substance use and addiction here.

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How to Prepare Your Teen for Exposure to Drugs in College

Sending a child off to college is a big moment for a parent. They worry about how their offspring will juggle their various responsibilities, if they will eat healthily, and if they will be safe on campus. In addition, parents are often concerned about whether their children will be able to resist the urge to...
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How Does Narcan (Naloxone) Work to Stop an Overdose?

An Overview Deaths from opioid overdose have been at record levels in recent years. As a result, there has been more interest in ways to prevent deaths from overdoses. Narcan is the solution currently in use. Narcan is the trademark name for the drug naloxone hydrochloride, a prescription medication used to reverse overdoses from opioids...
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Fentanyl: A Camouflaged Killer Taking the Opioid Crisis to New Heights

The opioid epidemic has had a staggering impact on the United States, killing Americans across the country at alarming rates, but it has now taken on an additional terrifying dimension thanks to a synthetic opioid known as fentanyl.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “In 2016, synthetic opioids (primarily illegal fentanyl) passed prescription opioids...
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How Trauma Leads to Depression and Substance Abuse

It is no coincidence that people struggling with substance abuse often also experience mental illness, including depression.Not only can substance abuse and mental illness both share underlying causes, but they can each complicate the other condition.Risk factors for addiction can be related to family history, relationships, high stress levels, and living with a mental illness....
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Addiction: A Public Health Crisis

Nearly two years ago, the Surgeon General declared substance abuse a public health crisis.At the time, a government report was issued, stating that our country needs to start treating addiction, “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion. The way we address this crisis...
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Practicing Self-Care When a Loved One Suffers from Addiction

It is natural to want to love and support people who are important to us, especially when they are suffering from an illness.Addiction, like any other illness, can wear on the person diagnosed and the people around them. It is important, therefore, to ensure that the people who make up the support system of a...
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Benzos Abuse Affects Teens and Seniors Alike

Although the opioid crisis attracts the most media attention, prescription benzodiazepines are also being abused at record high rates.In fact, growing numbers of public health experts fear a new addiction epidemic affecting teens as well as vulnerable seniors.An Overview of BenzosBenzodiazepines, often simply referred to as benzos, are a class of medications that includes drugs...
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Behavioral Signs of Alcohol or Drug Use in Highly Functional Teens

Something feels wrong.Until now, you’ve never suspected your teen son or daughter to be abusing drugs or alcohol because they’ve never given you a reason. They come home when they are supposed to, they excel in school—aren’t teens involved in drugs and alcohol reckless and absent?Herein lies the standard misconception that people who suffer from...
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What Is an Accidental Drug Overdose?

The war on drugs is nowhere near over, and we continue to lose our loved ones to illicit and prescription overdoses.According to the CDC, in 2015, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses – 1.5 times greater than the number of people killed in car crashes. Typically it’s heroin and opioids that contribute to the majority...
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Marijuana’s Effect on the Brain

There has been much research concerning marijuana’s effect on the brain.Often described as the gateway drug, marijuana has become legal in many states and has become decriminalized in others. But just what exactly is marijuana’s effect on the brain?The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes “marijuana as the most commonly used illicit drug in the...
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