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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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How Addiction Affects Women

Women face different and unique issues when it comes to substance abuse. They are known to use smaller quantities of drugs than men. However, the small doses women consume have more substantial effects on them. As a result, addiction and women often go hand-in-hand. External factors often drive women to turn to alcohol and drug…

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Risks of Self-Medicating

Self-medicating involves using available medications or drinking alcohol to treat medical and mental health conditions that a person diagnosed for themselves without a doctor’s help. Most people do some type of self-medicating. When you have a cold and take an over-the-counter cold remedy, or when you hurt yourself and take a pain reliever to help,…

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Spending Christmas in Recovery

Let’s face it; spending Christmas in recovery is not your ideal holiday scenario. The thought of being away from friends and family and focusing on your addiction treatment program can feel lonely and depressing. However, a residential rehab center may be just what you need to get a fresh start during the holidays and the…

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Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

You’ve made the difficult decision to seek help for your substance use problem. Now the question is: what’s the best form of treatment? Only you and your doctor can make that decision, but you should consider the benefits of outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment, including intensive outpatient treatment programs, enables participants to maintain a sense of…