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Answering Your Biggest Questions About the Opioid Epidemic

By Dane O’Leary

Here’s a riddle for you: What is killing more Americans each year than either car accidents or firearms? The answer is opioids.

Although opioid addiction is a prominent talking point in all corners of the country, there are still many people who have a number of questions and misconceptions about this deadly class of drug. For instance, some are uncertain of what actually characterizes an opioid and how to differentiate an opioid from other types of painkillers or mind-altering substances. Then there are those who find the term “opioid epidemic” to be confusing and misleading. While there are constantly new reports about the dismaying status of the crisis, there are few resources that address even the most basic questions that a number of people have.

The following is a compilation of some of the questions that are infrequently answered. Additionally, you’ll find corresponding answers that are straightforward and concise, helping you to put our current drug crisis into perspective.
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    The Dangerous Combination of Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

The Dangerous Combination of Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

A lot of people that struggle with drug addiction feel like their lives are spiraling out of control. In order to regain a sense of stability, some people try to manipulate the parts of their lives that they can control, or they turn to what makes them feel most comfortable in the moment. The desire to feel in control or to engage in a comforting activity sometimes manifests itself in an eating disorder, in which people eat in extremely unhealthy patterns. These disorders rarely give patients any sense of relief from their problems, but they frequently intensify any feelings of powerlessness. Since using drugs and eating food in specific ways only offer temporary relief to someone’s underlying issues, and since both problems can be life-threatening if left untreated, it’s essential for people with both conditions to seek out professional help immediately.
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By |February 5th, 2017|Addiction, Drug Abuse

How the Stigma of Addiction Interferes with Rehab

Many Americans struggle with addiction every year. SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that over 22 million Americans aged 12 and older, or 8.5 percent of this population, had struggled with either substance abuse or dependence. Substance abuse and dependence are both distinct from substance addiction, but the three often go together, and millions of people who abuse drugs become addicted to them. But while millions of people struggle with substance abuse, dependence and addiction, only a small percentage actually seek out professional help. (more…)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Addiction, Treatment

Persistence and Its Importance in Overcoming Addiction

When a person decides to get professional help with an addiction, he may be unsure of what to expect during rehabilitation and recovery. Most people know that addiction treatment can last for extended periods of time, but what they may not realize is how difficult it can be at times to continue treatment. In these situations, and even later on when a person has entered the long-term recovery phase of managing his addiction, it is necessary for the person to develop and exhibit persistence. This will greatly increase his likelihood of staying sober long-term.
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Mental Health Conditions and Process Addictions

Millions of Americans struggle with mental health conditions. Fortunately, most of these conditions can be treated effectively with the help of therapy and medication. When a person with a mental health condition also suffers from a process addiction, his situation becomes a little more complicated, but still completely treatable. Since mental health conditions and process addictions can interact with each other in negative ways, it’s important for a person struggling with both conditions to seek out professional help tailored for co-occurring disorders. This professional assistance can help those with these conditions achieve healthier and happier lives.
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What Are Narcotics and Why Are They Addictive?

Thousands of varieties of drugs, both legal and illegal, are available for use. All drugs affect a user’s body in some way, but their exact effects depend in large part on their particular chemical components. Most drugs are classified according to specific categories, such as hallucinogens, stimulants and depressants. Narcotics are a type of drug that have the potential to be addictive. Because of their addictive potential, this type of drug should only be used according to a doctor’s specific prescription. Any other type of use is considered abuse and can lead to addiction and other possibly life-threatening conditions.
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    How to Handle the Surprise of Discovering a Loved One’s Addiction

How to Handle the Surprise of Discovering a Loved One’s Addiction

Finding out that a loved one is struggling with an addiction can be difficult. The person with the addiction may have gone to great lengths to conceal their problem from those around them, and may have successfully hidden the addiction for several weeks, months or years. When the person’s family and friends discover the addiction, they may feel overwhelmed, scared, confused and unsure about what to do. In this situation, it’s important to create and follow a specific plan in order to help the loved one as quickly and effectively as possible.

Millions of people struggle with addiction. Because society has portrayed addiction as a problem that only weak-willed, lazy and selfish people have, many addiction sufferers try to hide their troubles from those around them. This can be dangerous for the addict because it can put her life and wellbeing in danger and prevent her from getting the help that she needs.
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By |February 28th, 2016|Addiction
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    Differences Between Drug Side Effects and Addiction Symptoms

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Differences Between Drug Side Effects and Addiction Symptoms

Many drugs, whether legal or illegal, have side effects. These are unpleasant, unintended and sometimes dangerous effects that occur in addition to the desired effects of the drug. When a person uses drugs, she may experience several different types of side effects, even if she uses the recommended dosage. Because some drugs’ side effects can be similar to symptoms of addiction, it’s important to recognize the differences between the two.
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By |February 19th, 2016|Addiction, Drug Abuse

Drug Temptation for Professionals

There are a lot of stereotypes about the types of people who abuse drugs. Many people assume that people who abuse drugs are lazy, weak and morally flawed. The reality of drug abuse, though, is that all different kinds of people abuse drugs, no matter their age, income level, social status, race or personality. Drug abuse is a serious problem in the United States for millions of people, and many of these people are working professionals. Although these people may appear to have everything under control, they have the same potential to abuse drugs as everyone else. What’s more, because of the pressures and demands of a career-driven life, many professionals face an even greater temptation to abuse drugs than non-professionals.
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    The Difference Between an Illegal and a Controlled Substance

The Difference Between an Illegal and a Controlled Substance

Legal drugs can either be bought over-the-counter or with a prescription from a medical doctor. Illegal drugs cannot legally be manufactured, bought or sold in the United States. And some other drugs are legal in some situations but illegal when abused. These differences between drugs can be confusing, but the United States government has made efforts to classify drugs in order to clarify the distinctions between their specifics risks and benefits.
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By |November 10th, 2015|Addiction, Drug Abuse