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Drug Profile: Heroin Addiction, Withdrawal & Treatment

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It goes without saying that drugs are inherently dangerous and incredibly addictive. Nobody who experiments with substance abuse intends to become addicted; as users continue to recreationally abuse alcohol and drugs over time, they build a tolerance to them and begin to need a higher and higher dosage to achieve the desired effects. Before they […]

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Families & Parents: Help Your Addicted Loved One By Helping Yourself

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People aren’t born addicts. To clarify, research indicates that there are biological or genetic factors that can make an individual more susceptible to alcohol and drug addiction than others, but such individuals aren’t innately addicts by birth; rather, such individuals are at higher risk of developing an addiction if they choose to experiment with substance […]

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How to Tell If You’re Codependent

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Addiction used to be seen as a weakness of character and will, selfishness and inconsideration of others. Over time, we’ve come to realize that alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic, progressive, relapsing disease of the brain, causing individuals to become obsessively and compulsively fixated on the seeking and consumption of chemical substances. What’s more, […]

Zen in Recovery

A Guide to Finding Your Zen in Recovery

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Addiction to alcohol and drugs causes profound devastation to the body as well as to one’s mind and spirit. Often beginning as experimentation with substance abuse, individuals enjoy the sense of euphoria or intoxication that recreational alcohol and drug use can offering, but as they develop tolerance to their substances of choice it takes more […]

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 […]