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How to Identify Opioid Addiction

Opioids are a class of drugs commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe acute pain or to induce surgical anesthesia. By attaching to receptors in the brain and spinal cord, opioids not only reduce pain signals, they may also produce relaxed, euphoric effects. Because of these effects, many people misuse opioids or use them recreationally. (Read More…)

Resuming Life After Inpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment

For those with a substance use disorder, successful completion of an inpatient residential treatment program is a critical first step toward long-term recovery. What happens after you leave the program is equally critical. Recovery is a life-long process that takes planning and commitment. Successfully completing an inpatient program and then stepping back into your old (Read More…)

The Connection Between College Attendance and Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is defined as drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. Drinkers typically reach this level after 4 “standard” drinks for (Read More…)

The Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Statistics reported by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) regarding alcohol abuse in the United States are frightening. Based on a 2015 survey, the NSDUH found: Alcohol use is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., with about 88,000 people dying every year from alcohol-related causes. 26.9 percent of (Read More…)