Is Treating Adjustment Disorders Key to Long-Lasting Recovery? 

Is Treating Adjustment Disorders Key to Long-Lasting Recovery? 

An adjustment disorder is not what it sounds like. In fact, it is mostly about how a person copes with what is going on around them. They may have a diagnosable condition which causes what seems like abnormal behavior. This may be paired as a co-occurring (dual diagnosis) disorder along with substance abuse. People who…

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What Helps Boost Recovery from Heroin Addiction? 

What Helps Boost Recovery from Heroin Addiction? 

The consequences of using heroin are heavy for people who experience the drug for the first time or multiple times. Overdose is a real threat, as with relapses, when people are trying to get clean. It can be a very difficult drug to quit using. Post-treatment challenges have no easy answers, but there are some…

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These Are Common Patterns of Substance Abuse to Know

What Are Common Patterns of Substance Abuse?

An addiction disorder is defined as a condition where a person feels compelled to do something like use drugs or drink alcohol and cannot stop. They experience a negative impact on their lives, including career or school, relationships, and health. They do not understand there is a problem or the extent to which it goes,…

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Neurotransmitters and the Brain: Why they Matter for Recovery

Neurotransmitters and the Brain: Why they Matter for Recovery

Heroin and other drugs do not directly cause a high for people. It is the effect of these substances on neurotransmitters that cause feelings of pleasure or euphoria. The chemical substances the body uses to send signals and get things done suddenly are lighting up in the brain. Manipulating these is dangerous. It is essential…

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The Reality of Nasal Spray Addiction is Not What People Thinks

The Reality of Nasal Spray Addiction is Not What People Thinks

One addiction people may not consider is nasal spray. It is something people use quite often to spray their noses for congestion and enable them to breathe easier. It is only supposed to be used for up to three days. Any longer than that, it may cause rebound congestion. It means congestion caused by medication…

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Why Are Sleep Disorders Common for People in Recovery?

Why Are Sleep Disorders Common for People in Recovery?

Having a few drinks or doing drugs occasionally is some peoples’ way of relaxing. When that is gone in sobriety and recovery, it can feel difficult to sleep at night. Sometimes it is hard to shake those old coping mechanisms and embrace the third way. While it is common for people with sleep disorders to…

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Can Marijuana Use Interfere with Surgical Interventions?

With marijuana being legalized in many states, there are new complications for health providers across the United States. The dilemma they now face is based on research that shows marijuana use may impact responses to anesthesia on the operating table and a person’s history of drug use may either help or hinder symptoms. When it…

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