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Do I Have A Dual Diagnosis?

Posted on August 25, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  In 2018, 9.2 million adults were recorded as having a dual diagnosis, but this figure only scratches the surface since many people don’t have the faintest idea they are presenting with a dual diagnosis. Addressing these issues has never been more crucial. Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are on the rise. To tackle the

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Questions To Ask Your Treatment Center

Posted on August 21, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  Choosing the right treatment center to help you achieve your goal is just as important as the decision to get sober. Since it is your primary source of support in your journey to sobriety (at least initially), you need to make sure you are getting the care and service that will best support your

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What Is Alcohol Considered?

Posted on July 25, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  Alcohol itself needs no introduction but is alcohol a drug?   The short answer: yes it is, and it’s potentially highly addictive, too.   We’ll highlight today what type of drug alcohol is, how it alters the way your brain is wired, and why alcohol is so addictive.   Alcohol Is A Drug Alcohol

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Veterans And Substance Abuse Recovery

Posted on June 16, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  It’s one thing to struggle with substance abuse, but things can be even more challenging for military veterans.   Why is this?   Well, substance use disorder is often rooted in emotional trauma. Many veterans, once they leave the services, are confronted with entirely different battles to combat. Often, they turn to substances as

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What To Do If You Think Someone Has Overdosed 

Posted on June 5, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  We all have a part to play in fighting the opioid crisis.   If you know what to do when someone has an overdose, you could literally save someone’s life and give them a chance of getting treatment to kick start their recovery.   How can you afford not to know what to do?

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Why The DARE Program Failed

Posted on May 18, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  In 1983, the federal government introduced a nationwide education program called DARE which aimed to reduce drug-taking, gangs, and violence among young people.   What Was DARE? DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. LA police chief Daryl Gates and LA Unified District School set up the program as a strategy within the infamous

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What Is a Dual Diagnosis?

Posted on May 14, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  When substance abuse disorder is accompanied by a mental health illness, it’s known as a dual diagnosis.   Understanding addiction is almost as complex a matter as a mental health disorder in itself so some brief background first…   63% of people with a substance use disorder have experienced at least one ACE (adverse

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The Safest Way to Go Through Medical Detoxification

Posted on March 26, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  If you or your loved one has chosen to detox from alcohol or drugs, it’s imperative to educate yourself about the safest way to go through medical detoxification.   When you’re making the first vital step to recovery, you don’t want to move ahead alone.   If you’re a heavy drinker about to stop

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Naloxone vs Naltrexone: Key Differences

Posted on March 24, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  Today we’ll be pitting Naloxone vs Naltrexone head-to-head so you can tell the differences between these opioid antagonists but why should you care?   Well, opioids are prescription medicines often used to treat pain. While undeniably effective, opioids are also remarkably addictive. Deaths from opioid overdose in the US have increased by 400% since

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The Link Between Gabapentin And Alcohol

Posted on February 20, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  Gabapentin is federally approved to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain, but research has discovered a surprising link between it and alcohol. Gabapentin has become something of a wonder drug. It reduces seizures in people with epilepsy and treats nerve damage pain caused by shingles, phantom limb pain, carpal tunnel, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy. It