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Long-Term Effects of Opiates

Though the substances are manufactured differently, the terms “opiates” and “opioids” are used interchangeably to refer to narcotic drugs. Both have medical uses as pain relievers, cough suppressants, and anesthetics. However, the drugs are also highly addictive regardless of the name they carry. Prolonged use or intentional abuse often leads to the need for professional…

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The Role of Gender in Addiction

Men and women experience the effects of substance use disorders differently. They have different rates of substance use, experience side effects at a distinct rate, and can benefit from treatment catered toward their gender. Choosing a gender-specific treatment center can go a long way toward addressing your specific needs in recovery while surrounding you with…

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The Signs of a Heroin Overdose

Heroin is an incredibly addictive substance that is responsible for many thousands of fatal overdoses in the U.S. each year. As an illicit opioid, heroin is a significant contributor to our nation’s current opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, many people who use heroin won’t get the heroin addiction treatment they need before severe consequences occur. With the…

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Tips for Maintaining Sobriety

Staying sober after treatment requires diligent effort. Treatment programs are designed to provide you with the tools for maintaining sobriety, but it’s up to you to keep up with treatment. Many people can benefit from aftercare programs and continuing support from a treatment center to feel confident in their long-term sobriety. If you want to…

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The Importance of Addiction Counseling

When trying to overcome substance use disorder, it’s crucial to seek professional help. The best addiction therapy programs will include addiction counseling as part of the treatment process since it can significantly improve your chances of recovery. At Blueprint Recovery Center, our addiction therapy programs provide comprehensive care that helps people overcome the underlying causes…

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Recognizing Painkiller Abuse

Prescription painkiller addiction is a serious condition, affecting over two million individuals each year. Addiction can be a slippery slope that often begins with a real need for painkillers and a prescription for the medications given. It is essential to recognize the signs of painkiller abuse so that you can help your loved one seek…

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Common Signs of Heroin Addiction

People struggling with heroin abuse are often experts at hiding their addiction, even from themselves. Those who start using heroin can quickly fall into addiction and suffer severe consequences. But a heroin addiction treatment program can be the key to genuine, long-lasting recovery. At Blueprint Recovery Center, we’ve hand-selected a team of addiction experts who…