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Addiction Among Minorities and a Scholarship to Receive Treatment

Society continues to find more and more ways that the path towards equality has continued to be unequal for Americans. Black Americans are historically treated unfairly by police and the American justice system. Black Americans spend an alarmingly disproportionate time in jail or prison for equivalent offenses to White Americans. Black Americans are not given…

The Long Term Effects of Heroin on Your Body

The Long-Term Effects of Heroin on Your Body

It goes without saying that over time, heroin and other opiates can take a serious physical toll on a person’s body. This is partly why there is so much emphasis on early intervention and preventative measures to treat heroin addiction. The long-term effects of heroin use can alter brain functioning, cause negative behaviors, and cause…

Difference opiates vs opioids

The Difference: Opiates vs. Opioids

There tends to be confusion surrounding the difference between opiates and opioids. Often, people think that these two terms are interchangeable. Opioids are natural versions of drugs that interact with the receptors in our brains. Opiates are synthetic drugs created in a lab that are significantly stronger than natural opiates. In this instance, it’s important…

man showing signs of needing drug abuse treatment

4 Signs You Need Drug Abuse Treatment

There are many signs a person is struggling with drug addiction and requires treatment. Early intervention is ideal, but recovery is always possible even if a person has a moderate or severe substance abuse disorder. If you or your loved one has been struggling with addiction and has been unable to quit on their own,…

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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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Drug Overdose Symptoms: Understanding Risk and Prevention

Taking drugs always comes with dangerous side effects. Overdose is one of the most serious problems that can result from using drugs. Whether it is an accidental or an intentional overdose, knowing about drug overdose symptoms, their risk, and prevention will help prevent severe and lasting consequences. Fresh Start Recovery Center has the experienced and…