What Is Cotton Fever and Why Is It So Dangerous

What Is Cotton Fever and Why Is It So Dangerous?

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By nature, recreational substance abuse is inherently dangerous for a number of reasons. Depending on the substance in question, the direct health effects of substance abuse can be quite profound, resulting in conditions such as undernourishment, emaciation, or even any of a variety of infectious diseases like cotton fever. If you or a loved one are experiencing any […]

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Paterson, New Jersey: The Heroin Capital of the U.S.

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As rates of substance abuse have continued to climb over the years, we’ve found ourselves in the middle of a War on Drugs with law enforcement and legislators on one side, those rendered helpless—and oftentimes dangerous—due to chemical dependency on the other, and a host of friends, family, and loved ones of addicts as well […]

New Jersey: Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Goes Statewide

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The United States is in the grip of a major nationwide drug epidemic. Over the years, more and more people are turning to increasingly hard and dangerous drugs, even at younger and younger ages. Nowadays it’s not uncommon to see adolescents and teens in residential treatment programs or senior citizens who are unable to receive […]

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How Narcan Works: The Drug That’s Curbing Overdose Effects

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Image Source: NBC News/ Mel Evans There are numerous risks inherent in substance abuse for any of the mind-altering chemicals one can introduce into the body. Even marijuana—seen as one of the less urgently dangerous drugs—can produce a number of adverse health effects in the body, especially in one’s respiratory system. Because of this, users of […]

Is Your Neighborhood Drug Dealer the FedEx Guy

Is Your Neighborhood Drug Dealer the FedEx Guy?

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United States government officials and law enforcement—as well as officials from countries around the world—have been fighting an ongoing war against illicit substances, often even referred to generally and collectively as the War on Drugs. Although there have been laws regarding the legality of certain substances since at least the late-1800s, it wasn’t until the […]

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What Is Huffing?

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Adolescents and teens have proven to be especially susceptible to substance abuse and addiction. Whether it’s due to the presence of addiction in the family unit, a biological predisposition, the “wrong” peer group, or some other factor, youths are natural followers, quick to do what they’re shown, told, or what’s natural and easy. So it […]

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Recipe for Rehabilitation: If Recovery is a Cake, Treatment is the Flour

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The journey toward addiction is different for everyone. For some, addiction begins as experimentation with substance abuse, perhaps with a legal substance like alcohol. A couple evening cocktails are fine until it’s not enough anymore. The social drinker develops a physical dependence on alcohol that leaves him or her in a state of sickness after […]

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing an Addiction Treatment Facility

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People aren’t born addicts. Through a combination of biology, environment, and development, the disease of addiction grows out of substance abuse habits, becoming steadily more severe as individuals develop physical and even psychological dependency on alcohol and drugs. As substance abuse disorders degrade the physical health of those who have become dependent on alcohol and […]

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The Increasing Need for the Legalization of Weed

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Many of the synthetic drugs on the street today were created in labs as researchers sought better and more effective drugs to treat a number of legitimate medical conditions. For example, cocaine was originally intended to treat narcolepsy while heroin was developed as chemists experimented with derivatives of the opium poppy, which include codeine and […]

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Halfway Legal, Part 2: Identifying High-Quality Sober Living Facilities

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Contrary to the common misconception, recovery isn’t complete upon one’s graduation from the initial inpatient or intensive outpatient addiction treatment program. Recovering from addiction is a lifelong process that involves continuous, sustained effort on the addict’s part. However, the good news is that over time, sobriety and abstinence become easier and easier as individuals get […]