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Celebrating National Recovery Month

During the month of September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month. This is the time of year in which SAMHSA, government agencies, addiction recovery services, private entities, and community organizations come together to celebrate those in recovery and create awareness for individuals and families struggling with addiction. The…

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Long-Term Effects of Meth

The hit television series “Breaking Bad” made crystal methamphetamine familiar to millions. Despite how it was portrayed, make no mistake: meth is a dangerous drug that causes significant problems for individuals and society alike. But what are the long-term effects of meth? Like most drugs, the long-term effects of meth will differ by individual. Many…

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

The abuse of drugs, alcohol, or other substances presents one of life’s biggest challenges. In learning about the impact of substance abuse, you have probably come across the term “dual diagnosis.” But what is dual diagnosis, anyway? This term is used by medical professional and treatment experts to refer to the kind of treatment necessary…

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Symptoms of Addiction

You, or someone you love, is using drugs or alcohol. You’ve become very worried, and you’re wondering: what are the symptoms of addiction? It’s important knowledge to have because recognizing the onset of addiction is the most important step in seeking treatment. Yet the symptoms of addiction can be maddening. Initially, they may be easy…

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Signs of Alcohol Overdose

Drinking alcohol is part of our society. While most people can drink with no major consequences, others aren’t so fortunate. Drinking can become a problem, sometimes with life-threatening consequences. In those moments, it’s important to know the signs of alcohol overdose. The signs of alcohol overdose are decidedly not pretty and require medical assistance. The…

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Myths about Drugs

In our mass media-driven society, we are bombarded by messages about drugs and alcohol, including tobacco. Frighteningly, this leads to enormous challenges with misinformation. We are surrounded, quite simply, by endless myths about drugs. And while we also live at a time when accurate information can be found at the click of the mouse, that…

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Types of Trauma

The course of our lives sometimes leads to dark clouds, where very bad things happen. It might involve becoming a crime victim, losing a loved one suddenly, or some other painful experience. The different types of trauma one can experience, unfortunately, are seemingly never-ending. Not everyone can simply shake off a horrible experience. Sometimes traumas…

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Stages of Addiction

The popular portrayal of addiction is someone whose life has turned into a mess and is rejecting all efforts to help. It’s a false portrayal. The stages of addiction, while predictable, are varied from individual to individual. Sometimes addiction does cause severe effects, but other times it doesn’t, and that’s what makes treatment a challenge.…

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What Is Gender-Specific Treatment?

The factors involved in substance abuse are complex. Trauma, peer pressure, stress and anxiety, genetics, and even poverty can play a role. Believe it or not, your gender also comes into play — which prompts a good question: What is gender-specific treatment? Many rehab facilities maintain addiction treatment programs allowing clients who desire it separate…