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Synthetic marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that has been pretty quietly sweeping the nation to become of the leading sources of overdoses in the past few years. As of right now, the drug stands as mostly unregulated, legal, and sold at a majority of bodegas and gas stations.

According to news articles, police reports, and hospital records, synthetic marijuana is quickly becoming the favored drug of choice for the homeless population, and for underprivileged or disadvantaged Americans because it is so cheap, so accessible and completely legal.

Where Did Synthetic Marijuana Come From?

In 1984, John W. Huffman, a Clemson University researcher started investigating synthetic alternatives to over 500 different cannabinoids on a government grant. These cannabinoids were meant to be replicas of the active ingredient that was found in marijuana. One of the researchers on the team came up with the chemical compound later called JWH -018, named after Huffman, and in a short time, the chemical started to show up on the shelves of head shops around Europe being sold as incense.

Not long after, it started to pick up steam, and people began to smoke the chemicals. Of course, people experienced negative side effects such as hallucinations, voices, and suicidal thoughts. One young man in Iowa actually committed suicide with a shotgun after smoking the drug, stating to his father beforehand that he “felt like he was in hell.”

It didn’t take long for the DEA to ban five specific and most popular strains of synthetic marijuana in 2011. That doesn’t mean that more and more strains and variations of chemicals haven’t continued to be produced, sold, and branded as synthetic marijuana or “cannabinoids.”

So, what are some of the different types of synthetic marijuana and why are they so dangerous?

K2

What has largely deemed the most popular type of synthetic marijuana, K2 has been raking in thousands of overdoses daily across the country. For some users, smoking the drug CAN create the effect that real marijuana creates, but for a majority of others, it creates anxiety, hallucinations, panic, confusion, and overdose.

The chemical was originally sold as incense in 2006

  • K2 is often called, Yucatan fire, green giant, skunk, moon rocks, genie, zohai, and spice
  • June 27th, 2015 – over 40 overdoses from K2 in a single day, in one hospital
  • Syracuse, New York, saw 19 overdoses in one day

According to a Brooklyn EMT working at the Kings County Hospital, “It creates a deep central nervous system disconnect the same way PCP or ketamine does, you’re outside of your head. You don’t have to feel emotions or pain and all those kinds of things… If I picked up a drunk who had a bottle of vodka, I’d pour it out, but when a hospital worker finds a packet of K2 in someone’s pocket, they give it back to them in their wallet.”

This EMT is referencing the fact that K2 overdoses happen hundreds of time daily around the entire country, yet it is still legal in many states and sold like cigarettes. Since it is not illegal to buy or sell sn hospital workers and first responders cannot confiscate the synthetic marijuana, K2, from people who had just overdosed on it, which means that many of these people return back to the hospital within a few hours of release, because they are smoking the same drug that was just handed back to them.

Spice

Often sold under the label of being a “mix of herbs” – Spice is one of the other most common forms of synthetic marijuana that is available on the market. While yes, it is actually a blend of herbs, it and K2 are sprayed with the synthetic marijuana coating, which enables them to have these psychoactive effects.

Black Mamba

Many users will note that this variety, as well as the rest of them, have “Not for Human Consumption” written on the bright colored, eye-catching packaging. It is sold, once again, as a natural mix of herbs to be used as incense.

Joker

Joker, quite obviously, comes in a bright colored, eye-catching bag with the comic book character, The Joker, on the front. It is actually quite an ominous image, that many people would find pretty creepy to think about smoking something that would make you feel that way, but, alas.

The Incredible Hulk

Again, named after the famous comic book character, this blend has the image of the Hulk on the front, with the description of being a “fragrant potpourri” and Kush written above that. Kush is a swipe from the long-time favorite strain of real marijuana, leading users to assume that smoking this blend will create a similar feeling.

The Rest

In total, there are over 500 known variations of synthetic marijuana compositions available on the market. There is a massive manufacturing market in China that distributes these new variations worldwide, constantly changing compounds in order to stay ahead of new laws around old versions.

The DEA has now started to make many of these chemicals illegal to buy, sell, and consume, over the past few years, but again, new strains are coming out every month in order to keep up with the demand. Some of the other brands you might come in contact with are:

  • Smoking Santa
  • Happy Joker
  • Diablo
  • Purple Diesel
  • Killer Buzz
  • Scooby Snacks
  • White Widow
  • Mad Hatter
  • Mr. Happy
  • Green Giant
  • Klimax
  • Mad Monkey
  • Smacked

Spice is so dangerous because the new versions that are coming out are completely unregulated, and users will have absolutely no idea how it will affect them until after they have smoked it.

Getting Professional Help For Synthetic Marijuana Addiction

Addiction is a serious disease, if you or someone you know struggle with Synthetic Marijuana, do not hesitate, reach out for help today and begin taking the proper steps necessary to treat addiction.

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Scopolamine isn’t really a drug that has yet become a household name in the United States, but its effects and increasing abuse rates have begun to start catching people’s attention. For the most part, the drug has been used as a post-surgery medication that alleviates nausea, but it is also often used in divers, fisherman, and cruise workers to aid in motion sickness.

However, Scopolamine has recently become a dangerous drug for many reasons. The first is that people are taking it as a party drug. The second is that it is quickly becoming a date rape drug.

So What Exactly Is Scopolamine?

In its intended form, Scopolamine is a drug used my medical providers after invasive surgery or when a patient gets put under via anesthesia. Many people experience extreme nausea and vomiting due to the medications from the anesthesia, so Scopolamine is used as a deterrent to those side effects.

Originally, the drug comes from a tree in South America that is in the same class as the plant Belladonna. The locals here often call their powdered version, “Devil’s Breath” because of its sedative, intoxicating, and even hallucinatory effects. Natives who use the plant will often mix it into a drink or blow the powder into the face of another to achieve these effects. According to researchers, large doses in this form can create a “zombie-like state” that inhibit both free will and memory.

The drug is often used to treat side effects from Parkinson’s disease, as it eases muscular spasm. The drug works by blocking the activity of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

How Can People Abuse Scopolamine?

Just like with any other drug or substance, this one can definitely be abused. The drug comes in tablets, injectable, and a transdermal patch form, making abuse extremely accessible. High rates of abuse have been found throughout prisons, and in South American countries as a date rape drug or a tool used by robbers to place victims in a state of submission.

The most common effects of Scopolamine are:

  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Hallucinations
  • Lowered Coordination
  • Confusion
  • Memory Loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth

According to reports from around the world, primarily in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Argentina, Scopolamine is often used by robbers, kidnappers, and rapists as a tool to put their victims in a state of complete submission.

For example, news reports from these countries detail how criminals would slip Scopolamine powder or tablets into their victim’s food, drinks, or even onto napkins or pieces of paper, and then have their way with or rob their victims. Reportedly, due to the nature of the drug, the victims would sometimes just willingly hand over their wallets, credit cards, or car keys once the aggressor asked for them.

Mixing Concoctions

As with any other drug, mixing Scopolamine with other substances or alcohol can lead to a deadly combination. This is why people who are recreationally abusing the drug for its sedative and hallucinatory effects can often find themselves far past their limit in a short amount of time.

Alcohol is especially dangerous when used in combination with the drug because it can rapidly increase the effects of:

  • Dizziness
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Lowered Inhibitions
  • Memory Loss
  • Blurred Vision
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lowered Heart Rate

People who are using as prescribed or abusing Scopolamine should absolutely avoid drinking alcohol while the drug is in their system. It can lead to alcohol poisoning, overdose, and even death.

In addition, people taking prescription medications for issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar, etc., should also avoid combining their medications with the drug Scopolamine unless being approved by a doctor or medical provider. Similarly, with these medications, they can often compound the effects of the drug, or they can mask the side effects of the drug, tricking the user into using more to achieve the desired effect. When this occurs, overdose can be a real threat as the individual may not “feel high” but can actually have large amounts of poisonous drugs in their system.

Scopolamine also has the ability to slow down the digestive system, as its main use is in the cessation of nausea. This means that the drugs or alcohol that may already be in the system will have a delayed digestion time. If the user continues to ingest more drugs, overdose or poisoning can occur.

This is why combining the drug with opioids, other hallucinogens, or buprenorphine can also be extremely dangerous. Drugs such as these can interact with the digestive system, and they also work directly on the central nervous system, which is where Scopolamine acts on the brain. This can overload the neurological system and can cause:

  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Heart Arrhythmia
  • Liver Failure
Addiction

While many people who take the drug Scopolamine abhor the side effects that come with it, many people look for exactly that sort of feeling in a drug. Also, due to its many available forms for ingestion, the drug has started to pop up more and more as a substance that is commonly abused.

If you are worried that you or a loved one may be struggling with a Scopolamine addiction, there are often common warnings and signs to be aware of. Just like with any other addiction, this drug can begin to affect the physical, emotional, and mental states of abusers.

  • Do you run out of the medication before the prescription stated you would?
  • Are you spending more money than intended on the drug?
  • Have you come to rely on Scopolamine to get you through the day, to sleep, or in social situations?
  • Have you started to lose interest in hobbies you once loved, spending time with friends or family, or taking care of responsibilities?
  • Do you find that when you do not have Scopolamine; you can’t handle your emotions, or even sometimes life?
  • Has a friend or loved one come to you with their concerns about you using the drug?
  • Have you had to visit multiple doctors or dealers so that you can have enough Scopolamine to get you through?
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For a long time, trauma therapy was something that sort of baffled and challenged doctors and psychologists around the world. Research has been extensive on the topic since the 1800’s in France, but during the World War’s, trauma became something taboo, that just wasn’t really discussed much. Luckily, in the time since then, there has been A LOT of headway made in the fight against trauma, and one of the methods that have been discovered to be the most helpful is EMDR Therapy.

The name can be tricky, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, so for now, we will just stick with EMDR.

What is EMDR?

Overall, EMDR therapy is one of the most effective trauma therapies discovered so far. The major belief as to why it is so effective is that it uses the idea that rapid eye movement, most commonly presented during stress or high anxiety situations, can lead the brain to a place of healing around a certain memory or trauma.

EMDR is performed in a traditional therapeutic setting, with the therapist and client sitting alone, with one individual client at a time. The meetings usually last for anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes. The therapist will lead the client through a series of visualizations and ask them to relate these images with feelings, memories, thoughts, etc. The visualizations and lights activate both left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Where most therapeutic modalities consist of simple “talk therapy” EMDR therapy is a more integrative and immersive therapeutic style that encourages the client to become completely in tune with their brain and body, which can allow for a deeper ability to heal.

What is EMDR Helpful for?

Since EMDR Therapy is primarily a resource used for people who struggle with trauma, it can really span across the board when it comes to who it will help. Primarily, people who struggle with substance abuse and other mental health disorders have encountered some form of trauma in their past, which has left a lasting imprint on their mental functioning. Some of the most common diagnosis that EMDR can help to treat are:

EMDR Therapy has been used to help people after horrific car accidents, painful sports injuries, wartime combat, relationships with abusive parents or partners, abductions and robberies, natural disasters, suicide attempts, the death of a loved one and so much more.

How Does EMDR Work?

The framework for EMDR therapy is based around a general 8 stage outline. This process will be undergone with a therapist who has been trained and is licensed in administering EMDR therapy. EMDR can be pretty intense, so it is totally acceptable to let your therapist know if the emotions or sensations you begin to feel upon recalling the traumatic event become too much.

When you meet with an EMDR therapist, the first session will always be learning about you. This is where you will discuss your own history, to figure out the origin of the event, how you have coped with it since then, and how it has affected other areas of your life. Your therapist will also explain to you the whole process of EMDR and what you can expect from them. After that, the process can begin, with the next phase being the preparation phase.

    • Preparation: During this stage, the client will learn ways to cope with these memories or feelings on their own. This way, if things come up outside of the therapeutic session, they will be able to manage or seek comfort in a healthy and constructive way.
    • Assessment: This process allows the individual to begin to identify any negative or uncomfortable feelings, behaviors, or physical sensations that arise in them upon remembering their trauma. This allows the individual to sink into that blending between their mind and body and help them to identify that what they feel is often a response to what they are thinking about.
    • Desensitization: This is when the therapist will lead the individual through a series of eye movements. During this time, the therapist will help the individual to identify new, positive thoughts around the bad experience, eventually rewiring the neural pathways in the brain.
  • Installation: This phase further solidifies the desensitization phase by reinforcing these positive thought patterns in your brain where they were once focused around negative thoughts and feelings. Think of it like practicing, the more you practice, the better you get, this is how the installation process works, by reaffirming these positive ideas repeatedly in order to strengthen their impact on the mind.
  • Body Scan: It is scientifically proven that those who experience trauma tend to hold some of the residual tension in certain areas of the body. The body scan that occurs after the EMDR therapy sessions helps you to move through the body, relaxing and relieving any tension that the therapy may have brought up.
  • Closure: Though the sessions can be emotionally intense, the goal is to leave each one feeling a little better, rather than worse. This phase ensures that you and your therapist discuss residual or lingering thoughts or feelings you might be experiencing. This phase is really to wrap up the process each time to encourage, well, closure!
  • Reevaluation: At the start of your next session, the therapist will check in with you to discuss anything that has come up since the last session, any questions or concerns you might have, and how well you feel the process has been working so far. This helps to steer the rest of the sessions into a direction that will benefit you the most.

It can all seem a little strange at first, especially if the individual has been more familiar with traditional talk therapy modalities. Despite the fact that it is going to be a little different, EMDR has been reported to reduce or completely treat symptoms of severe PTSD in over 75% of adult trauma victims after only eight sessions. 67% of PTSD sufferers reported having none of their symptoms after only five sessions.

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Living with the after effects of trauma can be challenging, frightening, and invasive but you don’t have to live that way forever. Reach out for help now.

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Did you know that over half a million Americans receive treatment for stimulant abuse every year? In our society, stimulants have long been hailed as somewhat of a “wonder drug.” We use them to get good grades, to keep the kids calm, to help give mom that extra boost, and to aid in our ever-present battle with weight loss.

Despite all of the reasons why these drugs are so widely accepted, stimulant abuse has continued to increase and these drugs have since become one of the most widely prescribed, and widely abused medications in the United States.

Stimulants Everywhere!

If we really stop and think about it, a vast majority of Americans are addicted to stimulants in one way or another. Whether it be in pill form, or in our coffee or cigarettes, we are a country built on doing more, working more and being better. Stimulants are widely accepted because they help us achieve that. The fact that stimulant abuse continues to pervade all ages of Americans does not seem to affect the rapid rate at which we consume, purchase, and are prescribed them.

The most commonly abused stimulants in our society today are:

  • Caffeine
  • Prescription Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine
  • Nicotine
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
Who Uses Stimulants

When we think about prescription stimulant abuse, we primarily target in on college students. Adderall, Vyvanse, and Cocaine continue to be the topmost abused drugs among college-age students. Some reports even show that as much as 10-15% of all college students in the past five years admit to taking or abusing stimulants without a prescription, and even with a prescription.

It makes sense, American college students also report some of the highest stress levels, financial strain, and difficulty keeping up with the expectations they are pressed to meet during their college years. Not to mention, the generation that is currently of college age is the same generation where ADD and ADHD diagnosis seemed to explode, so many of these young adults have been taking stimulant medications since they were children.

  • The most common stimulants abused today are Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Ephedrine, and illegal stimulants such as Meth and Cocaine
  • In 2011, 38% of emergency rooms visits involving alcohol also showed the presence of stimulant drugs.

Other than that, the next highest age range of stimulant abuse is reported to be adults between the ages of 24 and 40. This is largely believed to be due to the fact that this age group is the largest population of the workforce, where these people are not only working 9-5 but also raising a family, trying to exercise, have a healthy home life and hopefully find time to relax. Stimulant abuse occurs due to the high levels of stress, fatigue, and expectations of this population.

Signs of Stimulant Abuse

Unlike someone who has a problem with drinking, smoking marijuana or abusing opiates, people who struggle with stimulant abuse can often show little to no signs of addiction for quite some time, especially if they have been taking them since childhood. In the short term, the desired effects of stimulant drugs are mostly beneficial, besides, what could be so bad about some extra energy and more focus?

Over time, these desired short-term effects occur less and less as the person develops a tolerance to the drugs. In other words, the more they take, the less they work, just like with any other addiction. This leads to continual and habitual use centered around needing more and more to achieve the desired effect.

This is especially true when a person experiences stimulant abuse in regards to illegal substances such as meth and cocaine.

The most common indications that someone may be abusing stimulants or high on stimulants will be:

  • Extreme levels of energy
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Being very chatty or talkative
  • Having grandiose ideas
  • A “crash” period

The crash is usually what draws the person in for continued use. These stimulant drugs work on the brain by producing a heightened level of Dopamine in the brain, which causes pleasure and euphoria. Over time, the brain gets adjusted to these heightened and artificial levels of the feel-good hormone, which means that when the drug is no longer there, the receptors have a difficult time returning back to normal levels. This usually results in fatigue, irritability, depression, and anxiety.

Prescription Stimulants

More commonly than not, the general population experiences stimulant abuse in regards to prescription medications and nicotine and caffeine. Despite that fact, we are commonly lead to believe that these medications and substances are not harmful to us, and while yes, a cup of coffee is by far less dangerous than a line of cocaine, it does not negate the fact that these substances and medications are still extremely addictive.

Stimulant abuse in regards to prescription medications largely goes undiscussed, despite the fact that more and more students, athletes, and Americans in the workforce are struggling with a hidden stimulant addiction every year.

The tricky thing about prescription medications is that many people don’t think that they will become one of the statistics of people who become addicted to a medicine. Most people who receive these medications from a doctor assume that as long as they take their prescribed dose, everything will be fine. It isn’t until that one time they take one extra pill or to give them the energy to go out that they realize they can take it more than prescribed without any real consequences. Over time, this recreational and occasional stimulant abuse can lead to a full-blown addiction.

Illegal Stimulants

Of course, there will always be the prevalence of stimulant abuse to illegal substances such as cocaine and methamphetamine. It seems strange, that even with all of the news coverage and warnings that we get as children through the largely unsuccessful DARE programs, thousands and thousands of Americans are still developing and struggling with stimulant abuse and addiction to these drugs.

Stimulants continue to be one of the most common reasons for young and old Americans alike to seek professional substance abuse treatment, and recovery from stimulant abuse is possible.

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Vicodin is a prescription painkiller that is both extremely addictive and damaging to one’s health. Vicodin is often prescribed for treating moderate to severe pain, but has been administered after wisdom tooth extraction, sprained ankles, and severe menstrual cramps. Vicodin abuse occurs in shockingly prevalent numbers for those who are taking the medication as prescribed or recreationally.

  • In 2013, a reported 5.3% of 12th graders were abusing Vicodin
  • In 2011, up to 131 million Americans were prescribed Vicodin
  • In 2013, a reported 4.5 million Americans aged 12 or older were using Vicodin non-medically
  • Vicodin abuse and addiction cost the United States over $480 billion in healthcare, lost job wages, traffic accidents, and in the criminal justice system

The active ingredient in Vicodin is Hydrocodone which activates the same neuroreceptors in the brain as Heroin. This qualifies Vicodin as a Schedule II controlled substance drug by the DEA, being promoted from a Schedule III drug in 2014 after Vicodin abuse and addiction rates started to increase.

Similarly to any other opioid, Vicodin abuse can create serious and lasting health concerns for people who take the drug frequently. Since Vicodin is a combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen, the drug can have detrimental effects on the liver. The side effects that many people look for when taking or abusing Vicodin are:

  • Relaxation
  • Euphoria
  • Lowered stress levels
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness or Aid in sleep
Long-Term Vicodin Addiction

Many people believe that because a doctor prescribes them a medication, that it cannot be dangerous, or that Vicodin abuse “won’t happen to them.” Studies are showing that a large majority of people who are now speaking out about and reporting their opioid or heroin addiction were first introduced to the drug by receiving a Vicodin addiction for a minor surgery or pain.

Vicodin abuse can lead to Vicodin addiction very quickly, leaving a person wondering how they ever got into this mess, but a physical dependence on the drug can happen in as little as two weeks. Once a physical tolerance develops, symptoms of withdrawal can scare a person either into stopping or continuing so they don’t get sick.

Some common physical signs of Vicodin abuse or addiction are:

  • Constipation while on the drug, diarrhea during withdrawal
  • A need for a larger dose to get the same effects
  • Irritability, anxiety or depression while off the drug
  • Nausea and vomiting while on or withdrawing from the drug
  • Restless legs and muscle pains
  • Runny nose and watery eyes

Addiction can affect people in many different ways, meaning some people manage to continue living their day to day lives as long as they have access to the pills, while others spiral out of control rather quickly. If you are concerned that you or your loved one may be struggling with Vicodin abuse or addiction, it can be helpful to watch their behavior patterns such as:

  • Running out of the medication faster than anticipated
  • Spending more money on the drug
  • Seeing multiple doctors in order to get more of the medication
  • Developing a craving or obsession for the drug
  • Ignoring obligations or responsibility
  • Trying to stop using but being unable

Addiction can happen when you least expect it, but recovery is always possible. If you are concerned that you or your loved one may be struggling with Vicodin abuse or addiction, don’t hesitate.

Liver Damage

As stated previously, one of the main ingredients in Vicodin is Acetaminophen. When taken sparingly and only when needed, Acetaminophen really doesn’t damage the liver too much, however, when taken in daily and in excess, can cause severe damage and even liver toxicity.

According to Poison Control Centers, over 42,000 Americans are hospitalized every year due to Acetaminophen complications or overdose. This number is based on that medication alone, not when combined with Vicodin, but the numbers only go up from there.

Some symptoms to look out for that occur via liver damage are:

  • Sharp stomach pains
  • Vomiting and Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Sweating and loss of appetite
  • Seizures
  • Dark yellow urine

The liver is a crucial organ in that it filters and detoxes harmful substances from the blood and body, turns food into substances we can use and supplies cells with important nutrients when needed. The liver aids in blood clotting, eradicates dead blood cells and breaking down fats to provide energy.

Financial Distress

Most people that struggle with addiction in one form or another experience a strain on their financial situation. For people who struggle with Vicodin abuse, their financial difficulties can be from buying multiple prescriptions at once. Many people get cut off from doctors and insurance companies, which lead to exploring new options to satiate the need for the drug.

Eventually, untreated Vicodin abuse can spiral out of control, leading to buying their pills from an illegal dealer, or even to switching to harder drugs that are easier to purchase and are cheaper. Again, this is how a large number of people who are struggling with heroin addiction currently state they first got started on the track.

Spending money on more and more of the drug can lead to avoiding paying bills, rent, supporting a family or being able to hold down a job.

Mental Disorders

It is very common for people who struggle with addiction to have a co-occurring mental disorder either as a result or as an underlying factor in why they began using in the first place. For many, these drugs can magnify their previous symptoms. For others, drug use can create these symptoms in people who may have never before experienced them. Some of the most common mental disorders that are associated with Vicodin abuse and drug addiction are:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bipolar Personality Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

For people who abuse drugs in any form, it is often an escape that they come to value as vital for their mental well being. These drugs become the perfect band-aid to dealing with their real struggles, but end up doing more harm than good.

Recovery from Vicodin abuse and addiction is possible. Through separation from the drug in a licensed rehabilitation center, extensive therapeutic work, and a recovery program, Vicodin abuse doesn’t have to be the end of the road. People with addiction can achieve a healthy and functional life again.

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In the United States and around the world, opioid abuse has continued to rise, resulting in massive amounts of addiction, incarceration, and overdose. For a majority of people, thinking about the major drugs that caused the problem largely brings up prescription names such as Oxycontin, Fentanyl, and Percocet. However, studies show that a larger majority of people who abuse opioid medications actually struggle with the lesser known variations of these medications, such as Lortab.

Lortab addiction can be just as dangerous and life-altering as any other opioid medication, but what exactly is Lortab, and how is someone supposed to know if they or their loved one is struggling with a Lortab addiction?

  • In 2014, Lortab was raised from a Schedule III to a Schedule II drug after signs of addiction and abuse prevalence rose.
  • The estimated average ages of Lortab abuse are between 18-30 years old.
  • Studies have reported that nearly 60% of opioid medication abusers, including Lortab, received or obtained the drug from family members and friends.
  • 20% of people with a reported Lortab addiction are prescribed the drug.
What is Lortab?

More commonly known by the brand names Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab, this medication is actually a powerful synthetic opioid known by Hydrocodone. Just like with any other opioid medication, these drugs were created and prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain.

They are intended to be prescribed by a medical provider, but again, just like with any other opioid medication, there has been illegal distribution, selling and even stealing of these medications that have lead to increasing rates of addiction.

The drug Hydrocodone is combined with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen in the generic forms of the drug, Lortab, and Vicodin, and comes in a pill form. Many abusers of this drug will either eat the pill or crush it and snort or inject it.  

Even people who have a written prescription from a medical provider are at risk of developing abusive or addictive behaviors with their Lortab medication, as the drug can create a tolerance in users, which means they will need to continue to use more and more to achieve the desired effect.

Why is Lortab so Addictive?

Opioid medications as a whole are well known to have an extremely high threat of dependence or addiction. This is because these drugs act on the pain receptors in the brain. The chemicals weaken the signals for pain through the central nervous system, that result in feelings of euphoria, extreme relaxation, happiness, and relaxation.

Over time, prolonged use of the drug can affect the brain’s’ “reward centers” so that a tolerance develops which can actually rewire the chemistry of the brain, placing the person into seeing their drug as a necessary tool of survival, even more important than eating, sleeping, or security. This creates the cravings, the desperation, and the abandonment in everything else in the search for the next use.

Many people abuse Lortab and other drugs simultaneously. A common combination to combine with an opioid addiction is often a form of a stimulant drug, which helps to level out the drowsiness, or an anti-anxiety medication, to further increase the effects of the high.

Mixing these drugs can result in an even faster addiction process and can make getting off drugs even more difficult. Combining drugs can also result in a higher likelihood of overdosing. This is because one drug can mask the effects of another, meaning the person will continue to ingest more, without being able to detect how intoxicated they already are, resulting in slowed heart rate, possible organ failure, and respiratory failure. This is especially true when people combine Lortab and alcohol.

Signs of Lortab Addiction

Addiction can be a painful and complicated topic to speak about with a loved one. Many people who struggle with Lortab addiction, or any other addiction at that, will often feel immense shame and guilt around their drug use, and may not ask for help. If you are concerned for a loved one who you suspect may be struggling with a Lortab addiction, here are some common signs to keep an eye out for.

  • A physical and mental dependence on the drug
  • Flu-like symptoms when not taking the drug
  • Extreme mood swings before and after using (anxious and irritable vs. calm and relaxed)
  • Nausea or Headaches first thing in the morning
  • Falling asleep in strange situations, places, or time of day
  • Rapid spending of money
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Withdrawing from responsibilities (school, work, friendships, hobbies)

It can be confusing for loved ones of people who are struggling with a Lortab addiction, as the initial symptoms can often be covered up for some time, especially for people who do not live at home.

The Switch to Harder Drugs

Anyone who has been a witness to a loved one struggling with an addiction can attest how painful it is to watch someone slip into further addiction. Many people begin using drugs experimentally and recreationally, and it first, it often doesn’t do much harm, however, over time, and with developed tolerance levels, a seemingly innocent drug can often open the door to harder, more dangerous substances.

Many people who are now addicted to heroin never thought they would get that far. A majority of heroin users report experimenting first with opioid medications, such as the occasional Vicodin or Percocet. Over time, abuse continues, the person develops a craving and an obsession for the drug, leading to a need to find something stronger and oftentimes cheaper.

This has been what has helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the United States.

How to Approach Your Loved One

If you are concerned that your loved one might be struggling with a Lortab addiction, there really is no easy way to have a conversation about it. The difficult thing about addiction is that many people won’t be ready to seek help until they have experienced enough pain and consequences as a result of their using to be willing to stop.

The drugs completely take over the thoughts of someone struggling with addiction, and no amount of pleading, begging, or bargaining can help them until they are ready. However, if you decide to speak to your loved one about your concerns, a safe course of action is to try and remain calm, compassionate, and be willing to listen. It can be difficult not to jump to anger if they don’t seem to want to stop, however, this can often push your loved one farther away.

If you continue to see a decline in their health, help is available. Call us today to learn more about our Lortab rehab program.

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More and more, Americans are experiencing the harmful effects of alcoholism, be it through a loved one, an acquaintance, or through their own drinking. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that more than 80,000 people die every year due to alcohol-related deaths. Despite that fact, alcohol continues to be one of the most profitable markets around the world. Alcohol detox is one of the top reasons for those seeking treatment, and it affects people of all walks of life and all ages.

Although the direct and long-term effects of alcohol have killed millions of people over the last 100 years alone, it is still sold over the counter to anyone over the age of 21. However, alcohol has profoundly detrimental effects on the body, the spirit, and the mind of those who partake regularly or excessively.

For anyone who is thinking about stopping drinking, there is a safe and an unsafe way to do it. Most people are familiar with the fact that alcohol detox actually has the potential to kill, but not everyone knows why. Here is what to expect from an alcohol detox, and how to keep you or your loved one safe.

The Last Drink

For people who drink regularly and excessively, they are very well aware of how fast their body will go into withdrawal. For some, it is within a span of two hours, and for others, it could be up to 8 hours. This timeframe depends on factors such as:

  • How often they drink
  • How much they drink
  • How often and how healthy they eat
  • Other medications or drugs they are taking

Although the specific parameters can vary from person to person, the general symptoms of alcohol withdrawal within the first few hours after the last drink are all relatively the same.

Within the first 8 hours after the last drink, many hard drinkers will begin to experience “the shakes”. This is the first stage of the alcohol detox process and is often accompanied by:

  • Sweating and Headaches
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Mood Swings, Anxiety, Irritability
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Difficulty Concentrating

This stage can last anywhere from 8 hours to 2 days, depending on the severity of the drinker.

Stage 2

When people mention Delirium Tremens, they are usually referring to this phase of the alcohol detox process. Although the phenomenon is relatively uncommon, it occurs more in people who try to detox from alcohol on their own or cold turkey. These symptoms usually present within 24-48 hours after the last drink. They can look like intensified symptoms from phase 1, but if left unattended, people can also experience:

  • Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Extreme gastrointestinal distress

The Delirium Tremens refers to the hallucinations and the inability to differentiate reality from fantasy or delusion. Again, not everyone who goes through alcohol detox experiences this medical emergency, however, the onset of seizures are much more common.

Stage 3

This stage of the alcohol withdrawal process usually begins anywhere from 72 hours to 5 days after the last drink. This phase usually only occurs if the person is attempting to detox cold turkey, or outside of a medical detox setting. This is because the initial symptoms of the detox process were not treated properly and have led to inflammation, infection, dehydration, and shock.

When an individual does experience phase 3 of the alcohol detox process, the symptoms again can resemble those from the stage before it, however, they will be greatly intensified. For example, if Delirium Tremens are left untreated, they can develop into what is often called Wet Brain, where a person suffers from the long-term or chronic effects of untreated delirium tremens. People who suffer from Wet Brain will often experience:

  • Difficulty communicating
  • Trouble with memory
  • Some loss of basic motor functioning
  • Rapid and Erratic Mood swings
  • Extreme Anxiety or Depression
  • Body Tremors

Again, this phase does not happen for everyone who chooses to stop drinking. This phase occurs in those who drink excessive amounts often, and for long periods of time. This phase can also be found in people who regularly take benzodiazepine medications along with their alcohol consumption.

How to Detox Safely

If the time has come for you or your loved one to put the bottle down, there is a safe way to do it. The best bet will always be to check into a medical detox facility rather than go it alone. This is especially true if you or your loved one abuse other drugs or medications as well, or if the person leads a sedentary lifestyle.

Making the decision to detox in a professional medical setting will offer a smoother and much more comfortable alcohol detox process for you or your loved one.

First, the person will be cared for by a trained and experienced medical staff, 24-7. This ensures that the person’s blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen supply, and overall functioning is being monitored at all times. Any sudden changes or lack of improvement will be acted upon immediately and accordingly. This will help prevent the person from sliding deeper into the differing severity of stages of the detox process.

Second, on-site doctors will be able to provide medications that can help soothe and alleviate a majority of the uncomfortable side effects of the alcohol detox process including:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Body aches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea and abdominal cramping
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Cravings

These medications are intended to be used short term to alleviate the immediate withdrawal symptoms and are intended to be non-habit forming.

The doctors will also be able to safely treat any co-occurring addictions to other substances such as opiates, cocaine, MDMA, marijuana, stimulants, and sedatives.

Medical detox and inpatient alcohol treatment also provides professional therapy, an introduction to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, and a healthy nutrition program to bring the person back to whole body, whole mind health.

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In our society today, there is a huge emphasis on physical health and being fit. Of course, it is important to be healthy, but how far is too far in the quest for physical perfection? A lot of the time, many people assume that steroid abuse only happens to professional or Olympic athletes, however, studies are showing that the prevalence of steroid abuse actually occurs more often in everyday people who want to get in shape fast.

When a person falls into a cycle of steroid abuse, this is usually a pretty good indicator that the obsession has gone too far. It has become very common for people to use steroids, as a way to increase muscle mass and gain strength in a short amount of time, but what they may not realize, is that taking steroids can be addictive and damaging to physical and mental health.

What do Steroids Do?

There are multiple different types of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs out there. In the case of steroid addiction, people are most commonly taking anabolic steroids to help them build muscle, become leaner, or lose weight quickly. The other type of steroids is corticosteroids.

These are the ones that are most often given by a doctor, in a localized injection from

  • A sport or accident injury
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma

Corticosteroids break down tissue and reduce inflammation. Over time, they actually have the complete opposite effect of anabolic steroids, and they result in muscle weakness.

Both men and women fall under the category of steroid abusers, and as our society’s obsession with physical perfection continues to permeate social media, magazines, television, advertisements, and pretty much everything else, the rise of steroid abuse continues with it.

What Are the Physical Side Effects?

For the most part, people who are buying and using anabolic steroids are purchasing them illegally, under the table from a friend, coworker, gym employee, etc. Hopefully, the people selling the drugs are informing the users of the side effects, the “correct” cycle in which to use the drugs, and how much to take.

However, not all drug dealers are created equal, so here is a quick breakdown of some of the short-term side effects of steroid abuse:

  • “Roid Rage” – drastic mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Rapid muscle gain or bulk weight gain
  • Excess amounts of energy
  • Enlarged breasts in men
  • Growth of facial hair in women
  • Face and body acne
  • Blood Clots
  • Nausea
  • Yellow Eyes and Skin
  • Vomiting Blood

There is technically a “correct” way to use steroids, which people call cycling. This means they will go on and off the drugs, and vary the doses on a routine basis to help eliminate some of these physical and mental side effects of the steroids.

However, even the most precise cycling pattern does not always work for everyone, and there have been found to be serious long-term effects from steroid abuse.

The Dangerous Side of Bulking

We are all well aware of the legalities and trouble that professional athletes can get into from using and abusing steroid drugs, but that doesn’t ward some people away from continuing to use them.

In addition, reports of physically fit and healthy athletes suddenly collapsing due to heart failure from steroid use still do not keep people away. But what about the long-term effects, if you can get past the short-term effects, don’t have a heart attack, and continue to use anabolic steroids?

Research has shown that long-term steroid use has been known to cause:

  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stunted growth in adolescents
  • HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis (through sharing needles)
  • Baldness
  • High Cholesterol
  • Mental Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Addiction
What About Roid Rage?

This phrase wasn’t created as a joke. Most users experience real and severe mood swings and irritability, aggression, and agitation. Some users even experience the opposite effect where they are plagued by depression, sadness, and even suicidal thoughts.

In 2007, professional wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead in his home, along with his wife and son. The verdict was a murder-suicide, with Benoit first killing his wife and son, and then hanging himself. Anabolic steroids were found in the home.

While a majority of users don’t get to that extreme, most users do experience some form of behavioral or emotional change or unrest during their steroid abuse. Gary Wadler, MD, and spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine and member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, described roid rage as,

“Roid Rage, in many ways, I would characterize as a form of loss of impulse control. It provokes overreactions via a stimulus that normally doesn’t produce such a severe reaction… You may put your fist through a wall… that rage is precipitated by the brain being exposed to anabolic steroids.”

While Wadler states that roid rage doesn’t occur in all cases of steroid abuse, he does state that “it’s not rare by any means.” Wadler also goes on to point out that evidence of extreme cases of violence in people who abuse steroids may not only be due to the steroids but could be the result of a long-term mental disorder that has either been lying dormant or has been manageable for the individual. However, when the steroids are introduced to the brain and body, it can “unmask” this mental disorder, resulting in extreme and baffling emotional or behavioral outbursts.

Recovering From Steroid Abuse

For people who struggle with a steroid addiction, there has been extensive research indicating that there are other mental disorders at hand, as mentioned above. One of the most common of these is a type of Body Dysmorphia. This means that the user has a skewed image of their physical form, and they use the steroids, clean eating, and frequent exercise as tools to placate their mental disorder.

Recovery from steroid abuse and any potential underlying mental disorders is possible. If you are concerned that you or your loved one may be struggling with an addiction to steroids, it is possible to reach out to a doctor, a counselor, a therapist, or any other trusted loved ones for help.

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While having anyone addiction is dangerous business in itself, having multiple addictions can amplify the level of danger tenfold. It makes sense, and it seems crazy that anyone would test their human limits like that, however, multiple addictions continue to pop up in treatment centers and in overdose death rates around the country.

Apart from the obvious physical addictions that would come with abusing a multitude of drugs, there are also deeper layers of mental disturbances that can arise from multiple addictions. According to recent surveys, there are a few most common combination of substances that people these days are abusing. They are:

  • Alcohol and Benzodiazepines
  • Opiates and Methamphetamine
  • Stimulants and Alcohol

Obviously, each user is different and might favor a different combination, we will use the dangers associated with these combinations as they are currently the most common in the United States.

The Physical Dangers of Heroin and Meth

We are all well aware of the recent opioid epidemic and the skyrocketed overdose death rates that have been occurring both in the United States and in Canada and Europe. However, not many people have taken to discussing that opioids are much more dangerous when combined with other drugs or alcohol.

For example, opioids on their own, while yes, can be dangerous, generally only have the potential to kill when taken in large doses. However, many people have taken to mixing opioids with meth as of late, as it combines a high and a low that creates a very powerful effect for users. Or they alternate between going up with meth and coming down with opioids.

The reason why having multiple addictions to these drugs is so dangerous is because each drug can mask the effects of the other. In other words, a person may not notice how fast their heart is beating, or how slow their breathing is, because of the opposite effects that the other drug is portraying. Because of this masking effect, a person cannot determine if they have taken too much of either drug, which can result in heart failure, lung failure, and even stroke.

The Dangers of Stimulants and Alcohol

Similarly to the effects that opioids and methamphetamine have on a user, someone with multiple addictions to stimulant drugs and alcohol can experience a masking of the side effects of both drugs. Not to mention, people primarily take stimulants to counteract the debilitating effects of alcohol such as:

  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of motor functioning
  • Blacking out

As many users can testify, a night out spent drinking can always be counteracted by cocaine, Adderall, meth,  etc. However, since alcohol is a depressant and stimulants are, well, stimulants, the same effect can happen where a person can no longer tell if their physiological state is out of balance.

For example, a person who has been drinking heavily but also taking stimulants might feel as though they are okay to drive, as the stimulants have “leveled out” their drunkenness. However, these people often get involved in car accidents or get arrested for DUI because when they take a breathalyzer test, they BAC levels are through the roof, despite how “sober” they may have felt. This combination of multiple addictions most often leads to:

  • Asphyxiation
  • Heart Attack
  • Alcohol Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis, Hallucinations, and Paranoia

People who mix alcohol and stimulants often end up experiencing violent behavior, fits of aggression, and increased depression.

The Dangers of Benzodiazepines and Alcohol

Over the last few decades, Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin have become some of the most widely prescribed medications on the market. Many people have started using these drugs, primarily Xanax, as a party drug, as they have an extremely powerful effect, and when combined with alcohol, create a very strong level of intoxication. SAMHSA released a survey showing that 95% of people who entered substance abuse treatment for benzodiazepine use also abused another drug.

However, not only are these drugs dangerous to mix with alcohol because they are sedatives but for people who have multiple addictions to this combination, will learn that the withdrawal process from both of these drugs can actually be fatal.

During use, the reason this combination can be so deadly is the double dose of sedatives in a person’s system. This overactive sedative effect can lead to:

  • Blacking out
  • Unconsciousness
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Organ Failure
  • Coma

Again, both of these drugs, individually, can be deadly to detox from, resulting in potential shock, stroke, and coma. When combined, they result in an increasingly dangerous and life-threatening withdrawal process which requires medical detox.

The Mental Dangers of Multiple Addictions

Anyone who has struggled with an addiction can attest to the sheer amounts of mental deterioration, isolation, anguish, and torture that occur during an active addiction. For many addicts, the start of an addiction is usually preceded by years of unresolved trauma, fear, insecurity, or pressures.

This is why when someone turns to drugs or alcohol, they stick with the behavior because it helps to quiet the uncomfortability and pain that they are used to living with. When a person who finds themselves battling against multiple addictions, the drugs can intensify the initial mental state, or can create entirely new ones that make it difficult to stop using the only thing that makes them feel better, the high.

However, when it comes to getting clean and sober, the effects from prolonged struggle with multiple addictions can make the recovery process much more difficult. It has been shown to increase:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings

For anyone struggling with any addiction or multiple addictions of any kind, the process of trying to maintain physical and mental health can be an impossible task, however, recovery is possible.

Start Your Journey to Sobriety

Addiction is one of the loneliest diseases on the planet, but your life doesn’t have to be lonely anymore. At 12 Keys Rehab, you will find a community of people working towards their growth, their independence, their serenity, and their lives! Join us on your journey towards your new life, and let us guide you in a relaxing, rejuvenation, supportive, and compassionate environment towards a healthier, happier, you!

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What has been hailed as a “wonder drug” is now of the most commonly prescribed medications for people with nerve pain, seizures, insomnia or anxiety. It’s called Neurontin and is more commonly known by its generic name, Gabapentin. Over the last few years, Neurontin has become one of the more widely prescribed medications for people in rehab settings.

But what happens when a person becomes addicted to their medication that is supposed to help heal them? Is it possible for people to develop a Neurontin addiction?

As of right now, Neurontin is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in prisons, jails, and substance abuse treatment centers, as it is deemed a less addictive alternative than opioid medications, and when taken properly, can greatly help people who suffer from chronic pain. Many people in rehab settings have experienced chronic pain from car accidents, fights, self-harm, work-related accidents, etc.

What is Neurontin?

Originally, Neurontin was developed as an anticonvulsant, aimed towards subduing certain nerves and chemical interactions in the body that led to nerve pain and even seizures. Approved in 1993, the drug stayed relatively quiet on the market besides for people with epilepsy, nerve damage from shingles, or diabetic nerve pain.

Since then, it has become heralded for its benefits in aiding people who struggle with anxiety and opioid addiction. The most common side effects of Neurontin are:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Mood swings

However, research has shown that more and more people are starting to use the drug for outside purposes, and even for recreational use, as more and more cases of Neurontin addiction have been popping up around the country.

Neurontin Addiction

While the benefits of Neurontin are still aiding thousands of people dealing with chronic pain and epilepsy, the drug has proven to have addictive qualities, and when used in excess, can create a feeling of euphoria through relaxation, similar to exactly what an opioid user would want.

People are falling victim to Neurontin addiction most commonly by mistake, especially when they are prescribed other medications in combination with their Gabapentin. The drug proves to be even more powerful when combined with other CNS depressants such as:

  • Opioids
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Anti-Anxiety

The danger here comes when people unknowingly mix their Neurontin with other prescribed medications, and especially when mixed with alcohol, find themselves much higher than anticipated.

The Benefits and the Downfalls

Although the dangers of Neurontin addiction are well noted and well documented, the rates of Gabapentin medications keep increasing annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still hail Neurontin as a much safer alternative than prescribing people opioids, and there is no doubt there that yes, it might be.

However, Gabapentin and Neurontin abuse has become so popular in the rehab setting and has led so many people into addiction, that it is now known as the most abused drug in prison and rehab systems, as so many people are prescribed to it already. It is also commonly prescribed in large doses for months at a time, with the minimum dosage amount for most people being around 900-1800 mg per day.

When combined with other antipsychotics, opioids, or antidepressant medications, Neurontin addiction can occur quickly. However, when taken on its own, and especially for people who take it for chronic pain, over medication can often occur.

Some of the most common side effects of Neurontin addiction are:

  • Insomnia
  • Aggression and Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Mood Swings
  • Panic Attacks
  • New or worsening Depression and Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
How to Know if You are Addicted to Neurontin

Just like with any other drug addiction, whether it be to a prescribed medication or to a drug off the street, the signs of addiction are always along the same lines. Primarily, the person in question, either you or your loved one, will start to obsessively require and seek out the drug or medication.

One of the most puzzling aspects of Neurontin addiction and any other addiction is when the person continues to abuse the drug despite any negative consequences they might have experienced from it. This could be either a medical side effect, a financial side effect, or a psychological side effect.

For example, if a person has been abusing their Neurontin and they find that it gives them severe depression, so they continue to use more and more to try and counteract the side effect, or if they start to combine it with other drugs or alcohol, this could be a sign of Neurontin addiction.

The drug could even start to affect external areas of their life, such as relationships, school, work, and other responsibilities. If you or your loved one become more focused on having, taking, and needing their Gabapentin, there is most likely a Neurontin addiction at play.

Overdosing on Neurontin

Unlike many other drugs that are fairly identifiable when used in dangerous amounts, a Neurontin overdose can have very mild visual side effects. For example, heroin overdoses often include passing out, inability to breathe, and the skin turning blue.

Neurontin overdoses, however, can often just mimic their usual drowsy, fatigued side effects. A severe Neurontin user will often have to take very much of the medication in order to get the desired effect. However, when mixed with other drugs, as mentioned before, Neurontin addiction can very easily slip into an overdose.

The most common side effects of a Neurontin overdose are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Double vision
  • Uncontrollable tremors and body movements
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Sedation

Recovery from a Neurontin addiction is possible, just like with any other drug. Although it is often prescribed as a medication to help treat other drug addictions, it is still dangerous and can still lead to addiction.

Start Your Journey to Sobriety

Addiction is one of the loneliest diseases on the planet, but your life doesn’t have to be lonely anymore. At 12 Keys Rehab, you will find a community of people working towards their growth, their independence, their serenity, and their lives! Join us on your journey towards your new life, and let us guide you in a relaxing, rejuvenation, supportive, and compassionate environment towards a healthier, happier, you!

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