Substance Abuse

Antidepressant Withdrawal and How Drug Detox Can Help You Get Past It

Antidepressant Withdrawal and How Drug Detox Can Help You Get Past It

Quitting antidepressants as soon as you feel better is never a good idea – not unless you opt for drug detox. While these medications help ease depression and related mental disorders, suddenly stopping treatment may cause antidepressant withdrawal. It produces symptoms that are very similar to drug withdrawal, hence the name. The experience itself is …

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Meth Abuse in the Family

Meth Abuse in the Family: How to Tell if They’re Using

Methamphetamine addiction is a growing concern for many American families. Over the years, the incidence of meth-related deaths and drug overdose has increased throughout the United States. Without drug addiction treatment, meth abuse can destroy lives and disrupt the peace of your household. It can even prove to be fatal. In this article, we’ll tell …

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Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms: List of Symptoms

This is the second article of the five-part series Benzodiazepines: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You. Read part one, Benzodiazepine Addiction: Causes and Treatment. Xanax is a benzodiazepine with high potency, and it’s one of the most commonly prescribed and abused benzodiazepines. While all benzos generally produce the same effects and have the same withdrawal symptoms, …

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Benzodiazepine Addiction: Causes and Treatment

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that slow the central nervous system to produce a sense of calm and well-being. Often used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, benzodiazepines include drugs like Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Librium. Benzos work by increasing levels of the brain chemical GABA, which inhibits nerve transmissions in the brain to …

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Benzo Buddies Support Groups: Do They Help or Hurt?

This is the final article of the five-part series Benzodiazepines: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You. Read part four, Relapse Prevention During Klonopin Withdrawal. Benzo Buddies is a popular online support group for people going through benzo withdrawal. But while many people find Benzo Buddies helpful, others have found it and similar websites to be more …

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Professional Help for Benzo Withdrawal is Essential for Success

This is the third article of the five-part series Benzodiazepines: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You. Read part two, Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms: List of Symptoms. Trying to go through benzo withdrawal on your own can quickly lead back to heavy use if only to alleviate the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, since benzo withdrawal can …

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The Opioid Epidemic: a Love Affair With Painkillers Turned Deadly

You can’t turn on the news today without seeing something about the nation’s opioid crisis. Deadly painkillers and heroin are ravaging communities across the country, children are finding and overdosing on their parents’ candy-shaped prescriptions and fentanyl—a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than morphine—is causing an unprecedented number of overdoses. Headlines describe tragedy after tragedy. …

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Can You Inherit a Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

From chronic diseases to behavioral patterns, doctors know that a person’s genetic makeup can significantly influence their overall health. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is no different. People whose close family members suffer from addiction may be at greater risk of developing an addiction to drugs and alcohol. However, genetics is not the only factor …

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Non-opioid Pain Relievers Just as Effective as Opioids, Study Finds

As Dr. Gabor Maté pointed out on Tim Ferriss’ podcast recently, every three weeks, there are as many people dying from opioid-related overdoses in the United States as the number of casualties we saw in 9/111. This fact was straight from the report that came out of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and …

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Synthetic Drug Use on the Rise in Long Beach

By Samantha Mehlinger, Editor This article originally appeared in the Long Beach Business Journal on November 19, 2018 A growing concern among Long Beach health care providers, law enforcement and government officials is the growing use of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The drug, which is adding fuel to the flames of the American opioid crisis, is 80 …

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