are synthetic cannabinoids legal

Are Synthetic Cannabinoids Legal?

The one class of drugs that confuse most people today, even those abusing them, is synthetic cannabinoids. These drugs came into the US in the mid-2000s and have skirted the laws ever since. Unfortunately, most of these drugs remain one step ahead of state and federal regulations. They come from China without a precise recipe,…

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Is Your Son Living with Bipolar Disorder and Addiction?

Raising healthy children into adulthood is difficult. But even more difficult is raising a son with bipolar disorder and addiction. Whether your son is living with you or maintains independence in living with bipolar disorder, you have the influence to help him gain the treatment he needs. A better life is out there. He only…

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Grief and Depression After Losing a Parent

Losing a parent is devastating, even when you know it’s coming such as with a terminal illness. This loss causes heartbreak, trauma and significant life changes that feel overwhelming. Everyone experiences this uniquely, with some people suffering from major depression. Others turn to substance abuse and fall into addiction. From the loss of your parent, you…

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How Do ADHD Medications Work?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a common diagnosis for young people. Namely, it’s a brain condition that causes trouble focusing and controlling impulses. Also, ADHD can make it hard to organize thoughts, remember details, and learn. According to the American Psychiatric Association, the number of ADHD patients has risen by 42…

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Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

When people first stop using drugs, they typically experience withdrawal for the first few days to two weeks. For some, the symptoms end after this acute period. Many others, however, continue to feel the effects because of post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). It’s important for people to know what to expect in case they experience it…

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Staying Sober During Thanksgiving

The holiday season can present pitfalls for someone who recently attained sobriety. Everywhere you look, marketing messages combine alcohol with big meals and family gatherings. Besides that, your own family might routinely serve alcohol at the feast. Because it’s tough to deal with the onslaught of temptation, here are some tips for staying sober during…

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Helpful Quotes About Mindfulness You Can Use in Sobriety

Returning home after intensive rehab treatment is tough. Suddenly, you’re thrust back into the same daily routine and everyday stress. Given that, it’s common for those recovering to start down the path to drug or alcohol use again. Thus, Beaches Recovery seeks to prevent relapse by teaching coping strategies for mindfulness. In other words, clients…

nutrition and addiction recovery

Nutrition and Addiction Recovery at Beaches Recovery

Long-term drug or alcohol use negatively impacts your health in many ways. Of course, we know addiction affects organs, stress, mood, sleep, and relationships. However, you may overlook how addiction changes your diet and health. For example, stimulants like cocaine often suppress hunger to the point of severe weight loss. Similarly, opioids like Vicodin slow down…

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How Long Does It Take to Detox from Heroin?

Heroin addiction is one of the toughest to break. In the first place, heroin is a potent opioid made from morphine that rapidly enters the brain after injection or snorting. Thereupon, the drug creates a pleasurable “rush” people eventually can’t live without. Ultimately, heroin users’ bodies become reliant and keep needing larger amounts to feel…

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Trauma Informed Practices During Addiction Treatment

It’s not uncommon for people with a history of drug and alcohol abuse to also have a history of past trauma. When addiction specialists incorporate trauma informed practices for these clients, treatment is often much more effective. The right approach can help clients finally begin the process of moving past the trauma into a healthier,…