Addiction & Misuse

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Accidental Addiction: Which Prescription Pills Can Cause Problems?

Every year, billions of Americans are given prescriptions to deal with a variety of medical problems. Since these are legal medicines, many people don’t worry about the risks of taking prescribed pills. But a number of these people end up accidentally addicted, particularly if they have been given a long-term prescription and haven’t been warned […]

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70 million receive opioids after surgery

Why Choosing Non-Opioid Medications Before Surgery May Save Your Life

We know that legitimately prescribed painkillers are often the first step for people who become addicted to opioids through no fault of their own. So what happens when you’re a former opioid addict who successfully went through the hard work of getting sober, and then you dislocate your shoulder? Life happens, after all. Jacob Metzler […]

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What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

It’s natural to worry, especially during stressful times. For some people, worries and fears may consume their thoughts, making it difficult to live a normal life. Anxiety Disorders There are three types of anxiety disorders; these illnesses are among the most common mental health conditions. A person may have generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder or […]

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Pressure and Expectation

Pressure and Expectation

Research shows anyone can respond to addiction treatment, even people who enter a treatment program due to a court order or family influence. For a person who is internally motivated to make treatment a success, the outcomes may be even better.[1] Motivation During Addiction Treatment It takes a step-by-step process to treat addiction. Just as […]

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Medical Conditions that Can Behave Like Depression

Medical Conditions that Can Behave Like Depression

Finding the right diagnosis for a medical condition is sometimes like playing Whac-A-Mole, just as one issue seems to be nailed down, several more rear their ugly heads. Diseases that mimic each other, such as thyroid disease and depression, make the right treatment more challenging, but patience and education work wonders. Medical Conditions with Depression […]

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How to Accept Good with the Bad

How to Accept Good with the Bad

Living with an addiction sometimes feels like swinging on a pendulum. Life feels like it sweeps from extreme highs to extreme lows. Typically, people who are caught in the downward spiral of opiate abuse ride an emotional roller coaster all day. They view circumstances, relationships, and even past and future events in black and white […]

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