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Potential Pregnancy Complications from Heroin Abuse

More than half of pregnant women take some type of drug (prescription, over the counter, or illicit), use tobacco, or drink alcohol at some point before they deliver. Even the most careful mother-to-be may use something before she discovers that she’s pregnant. Heroin abuse, however, can have particularly devastating consequences. Pregnant Women May be Reluctant...
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Are You Helping or Enabling Your Addicted Loved One?

How can you be sure that you are really helping your addicted loved one? Are there ways that you can tell when you may be close to stepping over the line into enabling him or when you have already crossed it? At times it can be difficult for those closest to someone who is struggling...
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8 Facts About Men and Addiction

There are distinct differences between men and women when it comes to addiction. The two genders don’t use drugs in the same manner and they respond to them differently. To understand more about this topic, let’s take a look at some facts about men and addiction. 1. Men Are More Likely Than Women to Use...
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The Drug Classification of Klonopin

Have you or a loved one been prescribed Klonopin and you’re wondering whether it has the potential to be addictive? Do you have concerns that a loved one may have become addicted to this medication? Klonopin does have helpful qualities, but its use needs to be monitored carefully by a doctor. Misuse of this medication...
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How Seasonal Affect Disorder Can Influence Your Recovery

It’s not just your imagination…the change of seasons, in particular, the lack of natural sunlight we get in the fall and winter, can affect your mood and mental health. With it, your recovery can be affected as well. This is known as seasonal affect disorder (SAD). Addiction Recovery in Winter During the winter months, it’s...
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8 Myths About Opioids

At one time, doctors viewed opioids as effective, though highly dangerous, drugs. They were only used in specific situations, such as for patients who were terminally ill, who had just had surgery, or who had been severely injured. In the 1990s, opinions about this class of drugs changed, as pharmaceutical companies promoted their product as...
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5 Common Types of Depression Seen in People with a Substance Use Disorder

Depression isn’t just one type of disorder. Instead, there are different types of depression and each one has its own set of symptoms. It’s not the same thing as being “blue” or down, although being unable to enjoy hobbies and pastimes that used to bring pleasure is one of the signs of depression. Depression isn’t...
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Equine Therapy Offers an Innovative Way to Treat Substance Abuse

Beating drug and alcohol addiction requires changing your entire life perspective. There’s no quick fix for a substance abuse disorder, since you need to learn new ways to cope with your emotions and manage stress. Equine therapy is growing as a form of addiction treatment because it offers a way to apply the lessons learned...
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Physical Dependence and Addiction: Is There a Difference?

The phrases “physical dependence” and “addiction” are sometimes used interchangeably in conversation. They refer to different conditions, both of which can exist without the other. It’s important to be precise when talking about addiction, since this is one of the keys to getting people who need treatment the help they need. Definition of Physical Dependence...
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How to Know If Your Loved One Has an Addiction

Have you been wondering whether your loved one has an addiction problem? Are you noticing certain behaviors that seem out of character? Perhaps you just have a feeling that something is not right. Knowing the signs of addiction will help you determine if your loved one has a drug or alcohol problem. Making that determination...
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