Getting Help

How to find help for you, your friends and family members dealing with opiate addiction.

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Could Marijuana Be the Key to Curbing Opioid Use?

There are a number of ways to become chemically dependent. Believe it or not, it’s possible to develop an addiction without technically abusing or misusing a substance, such as using a prescribed controlled substance for chronic pain. Even when prescription painkillers are used correctly, it’s still possible for a person to become physiologically dependent, especially […]

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What Can I Do for My Addicted Parent?

Family is the most important social construct in a person’s life. From birth to death, there are occasions when an individual’s survival hinges on the strength of the family unit. This is especially true for children. It’s family that keeps a person safe, provides what’s needed for survival and teaches important social skills. The importance […]

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Why Does My Therapist Ask Me About My Family?

Why Does My Therapist Ask Me About My Family?

No one person can be blamed for “creating” an addictive personality. Nevertheless, family members do exert powerful influences over factors that both maintain and accelerate the addiction cycle. How a family responds to a loved one with vulnerability to drug use, for example, can both prevent and stop addiction, according to a study published by […]

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When to Leave a Young Family to Seek Treatment

When to Leave Your Family to Seek Treatment

If you are a parent who struggles is addicted to opiate drugs, you may wonder if you should try to kick the habit on your own for the sake of your family. Because opiate drugs—whether heroin or opiate painkillers—change your brain chemistry, it is always best to get help as soon as possible. Quitting “cold […]

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How You Can Overcome an Opiate Addiction

How You Can Overcome an Opiate Addiction

The most important step that starts the recovery process is acknowledging that you have a problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately two million people in the United States are addicted to prescription opiates. Many also suffer from shame believing that addiction is a sign of moral and mental weakness. Because of this, they think that […]

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How Naloxone Saves Lives

How Naloxone Saves Lives With Opioid Overdoses

Overdose deaths from heroin and opioid painkillers have been steadily increasing every year in America. This has prompted many healthcare workers to get the word out about life-saving options, including the recently developed drug naloxone. (more…)

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Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

In today’s society everyone seems focused on results, but some things, such as rehab and addiction recovery, take time before you start seeing the payoff. When your loved one begins rehab, you may expect him to return home fully healed and drug-free, but recovery is a long process that does not end during or even […]

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What Should I Do If I Want to Get Clean?

What Should I Do If I Want to Get Clean?

The truth is that a life of substance abuse and addiction is no life at all. The constant emotional, physical and financial stress takes a toll. Relationships are damaged. If you are completely honest, you know that addiction makes life miserable. If you feel this tension right now, know you are not alone. As hard […]

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How to Come to Terms with Your Drug Use

How to Come to Terms with Your Drug Use

Coming to terms with the fact that you have a drug problem can be a tough process, but accepting that you need help is a brave and admirable step. Asking for help can open the door for many positive and affirming life experiences. Once you accept that you have a problem, you are finally free […]

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