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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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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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Effexor Withdrawal

Effexor Withdrawal: How to Avoid Side Effects

Effexor, also known as venlafaxine, is a prescription drug used to treat major depression and anxiety disorders. A selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), the drug helps balance the chemicals in the human brain that cause depression. Because of the drug’s profound impact on the brain’s chemistry, stopping the medication can lead to Effexor … Continued

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Melatonin overdose

Can You Overdose on Melatonin? Everything You Need to Know

Taking melatonin can help you fall asleep, but is it possible to overdose? If you take too much of any drug, even naturally-occurring substances in the body, they can produce unwanted results. Melatonin is no exception. Here’s what you need to know about the potential of melatonin overdose, and how you can avoid it.  What … Continued

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Over the counter drugs

How Safe Are Over-the-Counter Drugs?

Have questions about addiction to OTC medications? Call us at 866-278-6311 to speak with a recovery specialist. As allergy season lingers and COVID-19 leads to more summer illnesses than usual, many people have turned to over the counter drugs to treat their symptoms. If you have a history of addiction, you might be concerned about … Continued

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Long-Term Effects of Weed

The Long-Term Effects of Weed

Need to talk to someone about addiction to weed? Call us at 866-278-6311 to speak with a recovery specialist. Long-term weed use can have unexpected consequences, such as a lower IQ Marijuana use particularly affects teenagers because of their developing brains Although it can be a “gateway” drug to other substances, it often isn’t When … Continued

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Parents drinking and smoking next to their child

It’s No Secret – My Parents Use

Have questions about addiction? Call us at 866-278-6311 to speak with a recovery specialist. SAMHSA estimates that about 8.7 million children live in households with at least one parent who abuses drugs Studies also show that children of parents who use are more likely to suffer physical, emotional and sexual abuse Substance use disorders can … Continued

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Paxil side effects

Paxil Side Effects, Uses, and Risks

Have questions about addiction? Call us at 866-278-6311 to speak with a recovery specialist. Paxil is used to treat anxiety and certain mood disorders Doctors disagree about how addictive it is, but some patience experience withdrawal symptoms To reduce Paxil side effects, you should only take Paxil as prescribed by a doctor If you experience … Continued

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