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The New Street Drugs You Need to Know in 2021

As new substances hit the market and old ones return, it can be hard to stay informed. Here are five street drugs on the rise.   No matter how many new street drugs hit the market, it seems there’s always another on the horizon. Moreover, between semi-legal “supplements” and misused prescriptions, it’s not always easy … Continued

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Am I an Alcoholic?

Am I an Alcoholic? What Science Says About Genetics and Environment

Studies suggest that genetics contribute between 45% and 65% of a person’s tendency toward alcoholism Adoption studies show that alcoholism correlates more strongly with biological parents than adoptive parents There is no single “alcoholism gene.” A recent study found up to 18 genes associated with heavy drinking   If you are among the millions of … Continued

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marijuana and pregnancy

Smoking Weed While Pregnant: Why Use Is on the Rise, and What the Experts Say

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, marijuana use among expectant mothers doubled between 2002 and 2017 to an estimated 7% overall. As many as 12% of mothers said they’ve used marijuana during their first trimester. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) further reveals that marijuana is the most-used illicit … Continued

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7 Pandemic-Proof Relapse Prevention Strategies

The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated recovery for a lot of people by disrupting routines and making support more difficult to access. When therapy sessions, 12-step meetings, interaction with friends and family and other relapse prevention strategies become limited, the temptation to self-medicate or return to old habits “just this once” can be hard to overcome.   … Continued

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is addiction a disease

Is Addiction a Disease? The Science Behind Addictive Behaviors

Why is it so hard to quit using addictive drugs? Science has the answer, and it has nothing to do with willpower. Although once hotly debated, science has confirmed what medical professionals have suspected for years: addiction is a disease. Those who suffer from addiction don’t lack willpower, and they aren’t morally flawed. We now … Continued

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How Long Does Suboxone Stay in Your System?

Suboxone has a relatively long half-life of 24-48 hours, meaning it takes about a day and a half for half the drug to leave a person’s system. This is one facto that makes Suboxone less addictive than methadone, which must be used in a tightly controlled medical setting, but Suboxone still carries risk of abuse. … Continued

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How long does it take to get clean?

How Long Does It Take to “Get Clean” from Drugs?

Sobriety might seem like a destination, but for true recovery, it’s a lifelong journey. For many people, this journey includes treatment, counseling, and ongoing support through 12-Step meetings, SMART Recovery, or a strong personal network. Knowing the timeline of withdrawal, treatment and long-term recovery can help, especially in the early stages. If you have ever … Continued

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What is “Wet Brain?” Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

What Is “Wet Brain” Syndrome? Wet brain, also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, is a form of cognitive impairment caused by a lack of vitamin B1 (thiamine). It primarily affects people who struggle with long-term alcohol use disorder (AUD). Although most people get enough thiamine through the foods they eat, those who struggle with alcohol often … Continued

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5 Ways to Celebrate Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month. It’s a time to recognize the unique health issues men may face and to encourage the men in your life to help them improve their overall health. If you want to join in this year, here is some helpful information to better understand men’s health challenges, and some things you … Continued

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