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October 8, 2021

The Dangers of Mixing Vicodin and Alcohol

When you are already struggling with a drinking problem, you may look for ways to reduce how much alcohol you drink by taking Vicodin. Conversely, if you take Vicodin to treat pain, you may turn…
October 1, 2021

Can You Get Fired for Going to Rehab?

Deciding to get help for your alcohol or drug addiction is a major step. However, many people in this position have concerns about losing their job if they enter a residential rehab program. It's natural…
September 24, 2021

Benefits of Peer Support Groups During Recovery

Whether you're looking for help with addiction, depression, anxiety, or another mental health issue, getting out of yoFor many people going through a difficult time, knowing that there is someone in their corner can make…
September 17, 2021

Drinking and Drug Use: Know the Dangers to Your Recovery

Addiction is a complicated disorder and recovery is not always a straight path. When some people are recovering from a drug addiction they may think that drinking alcohol is no big deal. However, drinking and…
September 14, 2021

How to Talk to Your Loved One Addicted to Drugs

It's difficult to know how to communicate effectively with someone in your life who is addicted. So how can you show your love and support while also avoiding miscommunications and protecting your boundaries? While you…
September 3, 2021

Signs of Alcohol Overdose: Symptoms and What to Do

Alcohol, despite being widely available, is a potentially dangerous substance -- accounting for 1 in every 20 deaths worldwide. It is no wonder then that alcohol overdose is shockingly common. Six people per day, mostly…
September 1, 2021

LGBTQI+ and Substance Abuse: The Numbers

​Because of homophobia, rejection from families, a history of trauma, and other such matters, LGBTQI+ people are more prone to use drugs and alcohol and abuse these substances. They also face several obstacles that might…
September 1, 2021

What is the Difference Between Substance Misuse and Abuse?

The use of any substance - alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, etc. - is inherently dangerous. These drugs always carry the risk of addiction, dependency, or substance use disorder. That said, many people drink alcohol or experiment…
August 16, 2021

The Dangers of Mixing Gabapentin and Alcohol

​Any new prescription drug comes with potential risks and potential side effects. Gabapentin, also a prescription medication for epilepsy and other neurological issues, is no exception. While gabapentin is safe to take as prescribed, mixing…
May 20, 2021

What is Wet Brain?

For heavy alcohol drinkers, long-term alcohol use and binge drinking can lead to lasting impairments and effects on brain function related to poor nutrition. People with an alcohol use disorder who engage in binge drinking…
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…

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