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OxyContin: A Decade of Addiction Crisis

Over the last decade, the world has increasingly been falling prey to a serious crisis – opioid addiction. Affecting sections of society that drug addiction has never touched before, this new crisis involves the use of prescription painkillers like OxyContin. There are many different prescription painkillers that are linked with the opioid crisis, but arguably,…

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It Can Creep up on You: How Addiction Starts

In this post, we’ll answer the fundamental question: how does addiction start? We’ll begin with a discussion on just what addiction is—and what it is not. Then we’ll examine the differences between terms you’ve probably heard used interchangeably, such as tolerance, dependence and addiction. We wrap up with a few psychological red flags that can…

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Is Your Addictionologist up to Snuff? Find Out

As the opioid crisis continues to claim lives, more people than ever before are wondering what separates a great addictionologist, or addiction specialist, from an average one. In this post, we’ll examine this question in detail, providing you with the tools you’ll need to identify a stellar specialist and treatment facility. Along the way, we’ll…

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Addiction and Pregnancy: Know the Risks

Addiction and pregnancy don’t go hand in hand. Far from it. They’re as opposed as two concepts can possibly be. Even so, as we’ll see, the sad reality is that some women go into pregnancy while struggling with a drug addiction. Abusing any substance while pregnant can have serious ramifications for the unborn child. In…

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Does Trauma Contribute to Addiction?

What is trauma anyway, and does it contribute to addiction? In this post, we’ll be tackling that complicated question. We’ll start by looking into what causes addiction in the first place, and then we’ll take a deep dive into trauma. Along the way, you’ll learn how unresolved trauma can contribute to the development of addiction.…

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Vaping & Addiction: What You Need To Know

Insider reports that “people have been coming up with inventive ways to get high on nicotine for [nearly] a hundred years.” The most recent way that people have begun to ingest nicotine is with e-cigarettes, commonly called “e-cigs,” “mods,” and “vapes” that they use for vaping. Simply put, an electronic cigarette is “a handheld battery-powered…

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Understanding an Addict: The 4 Key Warning Signs

For many, understanding an addict is often easier said than done. Their behavior is often unpredictable and destructive. They seem to care only about using. For someone on the outside, this disregard for the rest of life can be frustrating, even infuriating. It’s not surprising, then, that many people lose patience with addicts. In your…

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Dissecting Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis was first recognized over two decades ago. The term was coined to diagnose individuals that were suffering with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The occurrence of dual diagnoses is much more common than you’d think, and the treatment for the co-occurring disorders or addictions is more intense and complex than that…