How to tell if your loved one is addicted to heroin

In recent years, there has been a six-fold increase in heroin-related deaths in the United States.1 In some parts of the nation, the heroin epidemic is particularly fierce. According to reports, Georgia is witnessing “unprecedented amounts of heroin” moving into the state, and it’s also penetrating in the Carolinas.2 It appears that no regions are Read More

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Despite crackdowns on overprescribing, painkiller prescription and abuse rates remain highest in the southeastern United States. According to an article in Scientific American magazine, painkiller prescriptions in the southern states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina are some of the highest in the county—between 96 and 143 prescriptions per 100 people.1 When Read More

Opioid Versus Opiate What Is the Difference

Pain medications, which include opioids and opiates, are designed to enhance recovery and reduce short-term and long-term debilitation from pain. However, their abuse has proven a growing problem in the United States, where an estimated 2.1 million people are addicted to and/or abuse the medications. To understand how prescription painkillers and, in some instances, illegal Read More

Summertime Relapse Triggers and How to Avoid Them

Completing addiction treatment is a major step on the road to recovery, but it’s only the beginning of a lifelong journey. Recovery will present a number of challenges, and handling relapse triggers is probably one of the toughest aspects of maintaining your sobriety. Summertime can be a minefield of triggers. With beach parties, outdoor music Read More

Opioid Addiction Short-Term and Long-Term Effects on the Body

A study by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that more than 2 million people in United States experienced prescription opioid use disorder or opioid addiction in 2012-2013. Misuse of prescription opioid painkillers by adults in the U.S. more than doubled from 2001 to 2013. What are Opioids? Opioids are powerful Read More

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