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Percocet and Alcohol Abuse

When someone takes Percocet as directed, it can help ease their moderate to severe pain. Usually, people only take the medication for a short time as it is designed for temporary pain relief. However, when Percocet isn’t taken as directed, either being used sporadically or longer than prescribed, serious health problems like addiction can arise.…

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What is Meth Mouth?

It’s no secret that illicit drug users face a broad array of side effects. Many of these side effects are physical health issues and are difficult to hide. Individuals struggling with a substance use disorder are aware of the stigma of such signs of their drug or alcohol abuse. Sallow skin, dark circles under the…

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Vyvanse vs. Adderall

Many of the ordinary aspects of daily life can be anything but dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) its different. Those with this condition have to work harder to focus and interact with the world around them than those without the condition. This makes an ADHD routine anything but ordinary. Fortunately, there have been…

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The Patterns of Drug Use

With addiction and overdoses reaching epidemic levels in the United States, you may wonder how to identify drug use patterns so you can find the right support for yourself or a loved one. Identifying drug use patterns can help you figure out if a loved one is potentially abusing drugs, which is the first step…

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Heroin Detox Symptoms

Heroin detox symptoms can be severe, and their intensity makes it difficult for those struggling with heroin addiction to recover successfully. Heroin addiction creates physical and psychological dependence, meaning that when you stop using heroin after becoming addicted, you can feel physically sick while also dealing with complicated and overwhelming emotional changes. This is because…

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How to Stop Smoking Weed

Smoking weed is becoming more prevalent in our society today. With some states now passing laws to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, its potential for addiction rises with it. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that approximately 30% of marijuana users develop some disorder or addiction. That’s why people who use it need…

the effects of crystal meth

Crystal Meth Drug Effects

You may have heard of the drug crystal meth and wondered how it got its name. Quite simply, it’s because the drug looks like rock crystal. Users of this illicit drug have a variety of slang terms and street names for it. The effects of crystal meth can be intense. As a stimulant, the drug…

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Addictive Effects of Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine is a highly addictive and powerful illicit stimulant drug, producing an immediate high. It is also easy and cheap to make, which makes it accessible and simple to abuse. This substance has severely negatively impacted individuals and communities. When someone struggles with an addiction to crack cocaine, they struggle with a crippling condition…

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Overdose on Xanax Possible?

Whenever you or someone you care about is given a prescription drug, it’s natural to wonder if they can overdose or become addicted. Xanax is one such medication that doctors regularly prescribe for relief and management of some issues like anxiety. However, it is not without its risks. While most individuals follow their doctor’s orders,…

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Why is Fentanyl Dangerous?

Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that is used to control pain. You may have heard of it as Duragesic, Actiq, or Sublimaze. Fentanyl is related to other opioid prescription painkillers. It is derived from opium, which comes from the Asian poppy plant. But it is different because it is far stronger than nearly all other…