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Terry Hurley
colorful cubes with conversation bubbles on them lying on a bright orange background - drug use
A major public health crisis, addiction affects people of all socioeconomic levels, ethnicities, geographical locations, ages, genders, etc. It knows no boundaries. Although scientific research has helped to decrease the stigma surrounding addiction and drug use, people continue to debate what causes addiction and how it is best treated. We address five commonly debated points...
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scored white and purple tablets on purple background - morphine addiction
What Is Morphine? A prescription narcotic, morphine is most commonly used to treat patients who have been seriously injured, undergone surgery, or experience other forms of severe, moderate, or chronic pain. It is an opiate that occurs naturally in the substance extracted from concentrated poppy straw or the opium poppy plant. Morphine is classified by...
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young woman in hiking clothes sitting, leaned against a large tree in a coniferous forest - stress in recovery
Stress is a part of everyone’s life. Whether it stems from anxiety caused by an upcoming event, a deadline at work, or moments of worry or fear, stress affects everyone physically and mentally. For those in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, managing stress successfully is a crucial part of long-term sobriety. A publication...
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close up of beautiful woman with glass of water, about to take a white pill - Ambien
Ambien is a sleep-inducing prescription medication used to treat chronic insomnia. It is the brand name of the drug zolpidem. A sedative-hypnotic, Ambien is not intended to be used long-term. It is classified by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule IV controlled substance. How Does Ambien Work? When a person takes...
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very colorful illustration of man sitting at a table drinking with visions of skulls and alcohol bottles floating around - alcohol awareness
Since 1987, the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has organized and sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month in April. In its early years, the program was aimed at college-aged students whose newly found freedom might lead to drinking too much. Over the years, Alcohol Awareness Month has grown to become a national movement with...
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man in camoflauge at home sitting on floor drinking a bottle of beer - veterans and addiction
Addiction to drugs or alcohol can affect anyone, but among military veterans, the rate of addiction to certain substances is higher than that of the general population. Often, veterans have a difficult time readjusting to civilian life. Many suffer from disabilities, mental and physical health problems, traumatic brain injuries, and PTSD as a result of...
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senior age Black woman meditating in the lotus position - styles of meditation
How Can Meditation Help? The practice of meditation helps you to gain inner calm and greater self-awareness by focusing your mind, attention, and thoughts. When a person is in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, calming and focusing the mind through meditation can play an important role in restoring health. Although there is no...
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illustration of brain made of marijuana leaves - marijuana addiction
In recent years, many people have changed their views regarding the use of marijuana. Many states have legalized the drug for both recreational and medicinal use, and more states are likely to do the same. Because of the changes in attitude and laws, a great number of people are under the belief that marijuana is...
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brightly colored illustration of person doing yoga outside - holistic therapy
Holistic therapy is a form of healing that addresses all aspects of the individual’s well-being: physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional. The goal of holistic therapy is to help the client achieve optimal wellness and health by bringing all parts of the mind, body, and spirit into balance. A Brief History of the Development of Holistic...
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sleepy or high looking woman laying in bed - tramadol addiction
Even though tramadol is a synthetic opioid, when it was approved in 1995 to treat mild to moderate pain, it was not considered an opiate even though it acted in similar ways to other opiates such as oxycodone or morphine. Therefore, the FDA initially classified it as a non-controlled analgesic. However, as more and more...
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