what is fentanyl

What Is Fentanyl?

Since 2000, the United States has seen a considerable rise in the number of overdose deaths. In fact, the government says that the country is in the middle of an opioid epidemic. While many opioids contribute to this epidemic, fentanyl is a major player. However, what is fentanyl?What Is Fentanyl?Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s…

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Why You Shouldn’t Abuse Study Drugs

Did you fall behind in school? Are finals coming up, and you need to sharpen your focus? Reaching for so-called study drugs sounds like an innocent spot fix. In reality, they open the door to an addiction problem.What are Study Drugs?Adderall, Ritalin, and other ADHD medications fall under the umbrella of drugs that people use…

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How Does Narcan Work?

We hear many stories in the media about the opioid crisis, heroin overdose, and the wonder drug, Narcan. However, many wonder what it is and how does Narcan work. Others know this naloxone drug is a welcome miracle for people addicted to opioids. This drug helps save lives from immediate risk of death. For real…

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

For decades now, experts have been debating the merits of marijuana use. Not surprisingly, the hot topic is whether or not “weed” is addictive. With many states now legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, asking the question, “Is Marijuana addictive?” is both timely and relative.Is Marijuana Addictive?As the debate rages on, it becomes clear there’s…

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What Is Complex PTSD and How Can Addiction Treatment Help?

Anyone can struggle with PTSD. A struggle with PTSD can cause dangerous behaviors like drug abuse, which can turn into an addiction. If this is happening to you or a loved one, you might start asking, “What is complex PTSD and can addiction treatment help?” Addiction treatment can help your loved one with their drug…

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The Dangers of Self Medicating for Mental Health Problems

With so many Americans struggling with mental health problems today, many are self-medicating to deal with their issues. But the dangers of self medicating are harmful and can even be life-threatening.What Does “Self Medicating” Mean?Self medication refers to using mind-altering substances to fix or improve an emotional or mental health issue. For example, someone who…

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Mental Health Treatment and Addiction

Walk into any bar today, and you can find at least one person who says they are drowning their sorrows. People who abuse drugs also often admit they seek to numb their pain or escape from reality. These statements hold a deeper meaning. They mean the person drinking or using drugs may need mental health…

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An Alcoholic Definition Might Wake You Up

Some people need a wake-up call before they go too far. We will call it knocking them upside their head. It’s not unusual for an alcoholic to deny they have a drinking problem. That’s a big part of the disease, living in denial. Just the same, we have to reach out to our loved ones…

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Dangerous Long Term MDMA Abuse

Many people try MDMA, Molly or Ecstasy for its psychedelic effects. But they do not expect to engage in long term MDMA abuse.Unfortunately, MDMA changes your brain chemistry and structure, making you want the drug for daily living and to feel pleasure of any kind. Each use makes this need grow more and more, also…

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How to Define Stimulants Avoid Addiction

Stimulants are a class of drugs that cover a wide variety of substances, both prescription medications, and illicit substances. For the most part, these drugs can be beneficial but harmful recreationally. In the section below, we define stimulants. In a later section, we describe the addictive nature of these drugs and how people can deal…