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How to Help a Loved One Suffering From Post-Acute Withdrawal

What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal? After a prolonged period of substance abuse, a drug user who enters recovery will go through three main phases: detox, acute withdrawal, and post-acute withdrawal. During the detox period, it is important that the patient be supervised by trained medical professionals as some drugs can cause life-threatening conditions during the detox…

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Today’s Opioid Epidemic Mirrors Late 19th Century Morphine Addiction

How does today’s opioid epidemic mirror the late 19th century morphine addiction phenomenon? A country divided by ideology over slavery and the federal government’s role in prohibiting it led to America’s Civil War of 1861-1865 and a devastating loss of 625,000-750,000 lives. Long after rain washed away the blood of thousands of fallen soldiers at…

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Get Answers on Whether Social Media Helps or Hinders Recovery

Technology can be a double-edged sword. Some studies report the hazards of technology and cell phone use while others say social media makes people feel better. With recovery-oriented social media and addiction recovery apps growing, we spoke to David Sack, MD, who is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine and chief medical…

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Embracing the ‘Failure’ of Relapse

Relapse is more the rule than the exception in addiction recovery. In fact, relapse is considered a component of addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which says, “Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Instead of viewing relapse as…

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Fully Understanding the Opiates Definition to Manage Your Recovery

Opiates create a broad array of health problems when abused and may be poorly understood by much of the population. For example, some may assume that legal prescription drugs can’t cause addiction. Sadly, that is not the case with opiates. Therefore, you must understand the opiate’s definition to ensure that you remain healthy. Doing so…