Cocaine Detox and Withdrawal: Symptoms and Risks
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by c51
2w ago
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 5.3 million Americans used cocaine at least once in the past year. While not everyone who uses cocaine develops an addiction, the NSDUH reported that around 1.4 million people in the U.S. meet the criteria for cocaine addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling to control your cocaine use, you may have a chemical or psychological dependency.  What is Cocaine? Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug made from dried coca leaves. It is typically distributed as a white, finely ground powder that users snort or rub o ..read more
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Signs of Depression: Recognizing the Silent Struggle
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by Brittney Ervin
1M ago
Depression is often described as a silent struggle because its symptoms can be subtle and easily overlooked. Unlike a physical ailment, mental health issues tend to manifest quietly, affecting a person’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Recognizing the signs of depression is crucial for seeking timely help and support. What are some signs of depression, and what should you do if you identify some of those symptoms in yourself or a loved one? What is Depression? Depression is a complex and debilitating mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, and a pr ..read more
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Understanding the Different Stages of Alcohol Recovery
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by c51
1M ago
Alcohol use disorder affects millions of people throughout the United States, across all races, sexual orientations, socioeconomic levels, and gender identities. After a sharp spike in cases in 2020, the number of people reporting an alcohol use disorder has held steady over the past few years. In 2022, 29.5 million people met the criteria for alcohol use disorder, an alarming 10% of the population.1 This condition affects a greater number of people than one might realize. If 1 in 10 people have alcohol use disorder, chances are you know at least one person struggling with a dependency on a ..read more
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12-Step Programs and Addiction Recovery
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by c51
1M ago
For people living with addiction, 12-step and other recovery support groups can be a powerful source of community and accountability in recovery.  An estimated 48.7 million Americans aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder in 2022. However, only a quarter of those individuals received any form of treatment 1. It isn’t just that treatment helps people safely detox and get sober; sobriety by itself isn’t enough to spur long-term recovery. Addiction treatment helps people address the deep-seated psychological and emotional aspects of addiction. It helps them build the coping ..read more
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Coping with Cocaine Cravings: Strategies for Breaking the Cycle
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by c51
1M ago
Cocaine addiction is a serious and complex problem that affects millions of people worldwide. One of the biggest challenges for those struggling with cocaine abuse is dealing with powerful and persistent cravings. These cravings can be incredibly intense and often lead to relapse if not managed effectively. What are some strategies for coping with cocaine cravings and breaking the cycle of addiction? The Cycle of Addiction People who struggle with substance abuse typically follow a three-part loop known as the cycle of addiction.1 It goes as follows: Binge/Intoxication: The person experience ..read more
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The Potential Side Effects of Methadone
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by c51
1M ago
Methadone is an opioid medication used to treat chronic pain. It has also been used in the treatment of opioid addiction since the 1950s. Methadone may be given during drug detox to lessen painful withdrawal symptoms or prescribed as part of an opioid treatment program. When methadone is used as a long-term maintenance medication for opioid use disorder, it is known as opioid replacement therapy or methadone maintenance treatment (MMT).   How is Methadone Used in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction? Methadone acts as an opioid substitute in people experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD ..read more
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How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System?
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by c51
1M ago
Fentanyl has become a serious problem in the ongoing opioid crisis. It is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than natural opioids like morphine; it’s also cheap to produce and is extremely potent, even in miniscule quantities. As a result, it is commonly added to street drugs to increase their effects and make them more addictive. From 1999 to 2021, synthetic opioids like fentanyl were responsible for the majority of overdose deaths in the United States.  With such scary data emerging about fentanyl-related deaths, it’s easy to forget that pharmaceutical fentanyl serves ..read more
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Finding Hope and Recovery: Seth’s Journey Through Addiction Treatment
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by Brittney Ervin
1M ago
Addiction is a formidable adversary, one that often requires comprehensive treatment and ongoing support for long-term recovery. Seth’s journey through addiction treatment exemplifies the transformative power of dedication, support, and the right program tailored to individual needs. In April 2020, amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seth embarked on his path to recovery. His experience, particularly at Steps to Recovery (STR) in Pennsylvania, offers valuable insights into the process of overcoming addiction and rebuilding a fulfilling life. Seeking Solace in Treatment Amidst Unce ..read more
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Can Drug Use Lead to Hair Loss?
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by c51
1M ago
Long-term drug abuse is associated with numerous medical, psychological, and emotional complications. But it’s often the physical side effects of drug use that push a person to seek medical attention, long before they’re ready to enter treatment for their addiction issues.  Hair and skin problems are among the most common side effects of chronic drug abuse. Yet many people don’t realize just how many prescription and street drugs can cause skin problems and thinning hair.  Let’s look at some of the common causes of drug-related hair problems and explore some of the prescription and s ..read more
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Panic Attack Survival Guide: 10 Powerful Grounding Techniques
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by c51
1M ago
Panic attacks can be an extremely distressing experience. It probably feels like the world is falling around you or coming to an end. The unpredictability of panic attacks makes them harder to deal with, too, but there are panic attack grounding techniques you can use to manage them when they arise. Here are some tips for learning to handle and overcome panic attacks. What is a Panic Attack? A panic attack is a sudden and overwhelming episode of fear that causes extreme psychological and physical responses, even in the absence of any real threat or danger. An estimated 13% of people experience ..read more
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