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May 13, 2021

What is Kratom?


Kratom is an herb that comes from the tropical tree, Mitragyna speciosa, native to Southeast Asian regions such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Kratom can be ingested as a pill, capsule, or…
May 6, 2021

Celebrating Sobriety


Giving sobriety gifts is a common way to honor a friend or family member who has worked hard on their journey to recovery from addiction. If you’ve supported a friend or family member through their…
April 29, 2021

Understanding Gabapentin


According to GoodRx, in May 2017, Gabapentin was the fifth-most prescribed drug in the nation. As of August 2020, Gabapentin made the same list at number six. This isn’t to say that lots of people…
April 22, 2021

Is Addiction Hereditary?


Two people can undergo the same back surgery and will be prescribed the same opioid painkillers for their recovery. However, in many cases, one of them develops an addiction to the pills while the other…
April 15, 2021

The Sackler Family Saga


From the rise of Purdue Pharma, to becoming the archetype villain of the opiate crisis, the Sackler Family has certainly evolved over the years. The last name that is now synonymous with the drug OxyContin…
April 13, 2021

Demi Lovato YouTube Series Highlights Star’s Fight With Addiction, Overdose


Only 10 years after her national television debut, Demi Lovato found herself minutes away from death. Read more...
April 8, 2021

Defining Alcoholism


Alcoholism is an addictive disorder in which the primary substance of abuse is alcohol. To define alcoholism, we typically consider the behavior and symptoms associated with this form of substance use disorder. A person struggling…
April 1, 2021

Ohio Statistics: Drugs and Overdoses


All over the United States, drug overdoses have been rising due to the global pandemic. The 12 months between May 2019 and May 2020 was the deadliest 12-month period for unintentional drug overdose deaths, according…
March 25, 2021

What are Delirium Tremens?


Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the name used to describe the symptoms that ensue when a person who is a heavy drinker tries to cut back or quit drinking "cold turkey.” Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur…
March 18, 2021

What is a High Functioning Alcoholic?


When you think of someone with alcoholism, you may picture someone who is always falling-down-drunk or whose life is in shambles. While that can be an accurate description sometimes, it isn’t always that obvious. Read…
March 11, 2021

Dissociative Disorder and Addiction


If you’ve ever felt absorbed by a really good movie or book and “lost yourself” in it—you have experienced dissociation. Dissociation is when a person experiences a disconnection between their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and their…
March 4, 2021

Hydrocodone vs Oxycodone


If you are dealing with pain from an injury, surgery, or chronic condition, it is possible that your doctor will prescribe medication for pain relief. There are many prescription pain medications out there but the…
February 25, 2021

Dysthymia and Addiction


While most people have heard of depression, a lesser-known type of this mood disorder is called dysthymia. Dysthymia is a form of chronic, low-level depression characterized by more mild symptoms that come and go in…
February 18, 2021

What are GABA Supplements?


Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid and natural chemical in your brain, as well as a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger. However, GABA is considered to be an inhibitory neurotransmitter because it blocks certain brain…
February 11, 2021

The Signs of Cocaine Use


Cocaine is a potent stimulant derived from the leaves of the coca plant that grows in South America. Often sold as a fine, white powder, cocaine is typically snorted but can be injected, ingested, or…
February 4, 2021

Understanding Withdrawal Medications


Withdrawal medications are typically used during medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse and addiction treatment for drugs or alcohol. It’s important to understand exactly what withdrawal medications are and how they work. Read more...
January 28, 2021

Habit Forming Drugs and Addiction Signs


At the start of a new year many people look for tricks to create new habits. Often, this means making exercising a habit, eating healthier foods a habit, or make habits out of other beneficial…
January 21, 2021

The Rise of Synthetic Opioids


In recent years, synthetic opioids have become more prevalent illegally and on the streets and are having powerful consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018, more than 31,000 deaths…
January 14, 2021

How Can I Help a Friend with Addiction?


If you have a friend who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you are probably wondering how you can help. It’s difficult to see someone you care about go through the pain of addiction. You…
January 11, 2021

What Happens During Heroin Withdrawal


Heroin addiction is a serious problem in the U.S. and throughout the rest of the world. In fact, approximately 9.2 million people worldwide use heroin. Read more...

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