Benefits of Medication Maintenance in Addiction Treatment
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
4d ago
Medication maintenance plays a vital role in addiction treatment, offering individuals the support they need to overcome substance abuse and achieve long-term recovery. Through the use of medication-assisted therapy (MAT), individuals receive prescribed medications that help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making the recovery process more manageable. Our addiction treatment programs in Illinois can help you or a loved one struggling with substance abuse. Discover the benefits of medication maintenance at our treatment center today. What is Medication Maintenance? Medication mainten ..read more
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Tips for Staying Sober and Preventing Relapse in the Summertime
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
3w ago
Summer can be a challenging time for individuals in recovery, but with the right strategies and support, it is possible to stay sober and enjoy all that the season has to offer. It’s important to discuss the importance of sobriety, the benefits of staying sober, the risks of substance abuse, strategies for maintaining sobriety, navigating social situations, coping mechanisms for cravings, and seeking professional help. Let NIRC help you stay on track this summer and continue winning in the battle against addiction! Understanding the Importance of Sobriety Sobriety is more than just abstaini ..read more
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Recovery Words Matter: What We Can Do to Destigmatize Addiction
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
1M ago
You know the feeling. That judgmental stare when someone finds out you’re in recovery. The assumptions made about what kind of person you must be. The hurtful labels used to describe you and your experience with addiction. It’s time we had an open and honest talk about the language surrounding substance use disorders. The words we choose can either heal or harm. Addiction, a deeply intricate phenomenon, has long been obscured by misunderstanding and stigma. It’s defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder marked by compulsive drug seeking, despite harmful consequences. Addiction goes beyond me ..read more
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Can You Overdose on LSD (Acid)?
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
2M ago
You’ve heard stories about LSD trips gone bad, but can one overdose on acid? LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a hallucinogenic drug that alters perception. Like any psychoactive substance, concerns about safety and overdose potential should be taken seriously. While there’s debate on overdosing, technically, it’s possible, but rarely fatal. If someone on an acid trip becomes completely disconnected from reality, it’s smart to get help. What is LSD? LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a powerful hallucinogenic drug commonly known as acid. It was first synthesized by Swiss scientist ..read more
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Can Adderall Cause Psychosis?
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
2M ago
Ever wonder if those medications you take to stay focused could mess with your head? Adderall is great for concentration, but it can also cause wild hallucinations and delusions. We’re talking full-on psychosis, where you lose touch with reality. Who’s at risk, and what does it feel like when Adderall makes you psychotic? Let’s explore the dark side of concentration medications, whether they can trigger schizophrenia, and how to stop an Adderall-induced mental break. What is Psychosis? Psychosis refers to a loss of contact with reality. When someone experiences psychosis, they have trouble ..read more
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What is Outpatient Detox?
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
3M ago
Our substance abuse treatment programs can help you or a loved one overcome addiction starting today. We want to help you take the first steps toward long-term healing. Whether you are looking for a rehab for drinking, or drug use, we can help. What is Outpatient Detox? Outpatient detox is a type of addiction treatment program that allows individuals to receive medical support and assistance while living at home or in a residential setting. This type of detoxification process typically involves regularly scheduled appointments with healthcare professionals for medication management and the ..read more
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How Long is Drug and Alcohol Detox?
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
3M ago
Are you or a loved one facing challenges with addiction? If so, are you familiar with the detox process? When people hear about detox, it often brings to mind the challenging and crucial journey of overcoming substance abuse. The path to recovery usually begins with detoxification, a medically supervised intervention designed to manage withdrawal symptoms as the body rids itself of the addictive substance. However, a common question arises: how long is detox duration for various substances?  This article aims to offer valuable insights and essential information for your understanding ..read more
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What Does it Mean to be California Sober?
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
3M ago
The concept of sobriety has evolved recently to include a new term: “California sober.” You may have heard this phrase, or “Cali-sober,” in conversations around lifestyle choices and substance use, particularly within communities that advocate for moderation or alternative approaches to sobriety. You might hear this term during discussions on social media platforms, where individuals share their journeys of reducing substance use without complete abstinence. Another scenario could be within sober living groups or therapy sessions, where people explore different paths to recovery that don’t n ..read more
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How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System?
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
3M ago
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug derived from the coca plant. It can have profound effects on the central nervous system, leading to increased energy, euphoria, and heightened alertness. Unfortunately, its addictive nature poses significant risks to individuals experimenting with or regularly using it. The duration cocaine stays in the system varies based on several factors, such as frequency of use, dosage, and individual metabolism. Typically, cocaine’s metabolites can be detected in urine for up to 2-4 days after use, but in heavy or chronic users, it might linger for a longer period ..read more
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Drug Addiction & Teeth: Which Drugs Cause Tooth Decay?
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by Dr. Beth Dunlap
4M ago
The negative impact on the teeth is just one of the problems that can arise from abusing substances. Many illicit drugs can seriously damage an individual’s teeth and even cause tooth loss if steps aren’t taken to stop using the drug and get dental care. However, you need to understand that damaged teeth are more than just unattractive. Besides the cosmetic appearance, rotting or damaged teeth can also cause problems with your physical health. That is why it’s important for people who are using drugs to understand how their substance abuse is harming their teeth and that they should get the ..read more
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