Cannabis Use on the Rise Among Pregnant Women in US

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While most people know that an increasing number of states have legalized cannabis for recreational and medicinal use, one trend that many may not realize is that the number of pregnant women who smoke marijuana is increasing around the United States. Whether the two trends are correlated remains to be seen. However, it should be … Read More

Does Hypnotherapy Work in Addiction Treatment?

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Substance use disorders require recovery and treatment protocols that are adaptive and innovative. Tried and true traditional therapeutic practices combined with holistic and modern approaches to treatment provide options for relief for a variety of situations. One of the newer methods used in some addiction treatment programs is hypnotherapy. What Is Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is a … Read More

How to Overcome Denial and Enter Rehab

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Acknowledging a problem is the first step toward resolving it. Denial in addiction is a huge roadblock to getting well. To reach long-term recovery, you must seek help, and to do that, you must recognize that help is needed in the first place. It may be that for your friends and family, the need for … Read More

Washington State’s Complicated History with Kratom

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There is a stimulant extracted from trees in Asia that is having a negative effect on communities in Washington state. Kratom has caused so many problems that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified it as an opioid that is not safe for medicinal use. Is kratom a dangerous drug or is it an … Read More

What Are the Symptoms of Codeine Withdrawal?

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There are many prescription medications that the public categorizes as safer and less threatening than others. Opiates, like Oxycontin, are infamous for leading to substance dependency. It can be easy to think that, by comparison, something as common as cough syrup with codeine in it could never be addicting or fatal like those other notorious … Read More

How to Identify Librium Addiction

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Librium is frequently prescribed to people that deal with anxiety or insomnia. It can be an effective tool to help with these disorders, but there is a darker side to Librium. It can be habit-forming. Why are people who misuse Librium at a high risk for substance use disorders? How can you tell if you … Read More

Dangers of Ambien Addiction

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Many Americans cannot sleep. The latest research from the University of Pennsylvania states that 1 in 4 people in the United States will develop insomnia this year. The good news is that 75 percent of insomniacs will recover without developing a debilitating long-term chronic case of the disorder. Ambien is a widely used medication to … Read More

Pros and Cons of Using Methadone in Addiction Treatment

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There are few medical treatments that do not come with pros and cons. The largest pro would be the successful treatment of a disease or condition. The cons, on the other hand, can be severe side effects, high cost and even dependency. When evaluating treatment protocols for substance use disorders, the risk of dependency has … Read More

Is It Safe to Take Hydrocodone During Long-Term Addiction Recovery?

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The American Academy of Pain Medicine says that 100 million Americans deal with some form of chronic pain every year. Millions more will have an emergency or elective surgery. Acute and chronic pain management is an important part of disease and health. However, taking pain relief medication is not a simple concept if you are … Read More