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4 Signs of Alcohol Dependence

Overuse of alcohol can lead to alcoholism, a condition that could be impacting your relationships, health, and future. Knowing when to get help is often the most difficult part. At Amatus Recovery Centers, we provide complete alcohol dependence support, including diagnosing and treating your alcohol addiction with the most innovative and effective programs available. What…

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When Are People Recovered from Addiction?

There is a reason most sober people refer to themselves as “in recovery” from addiction. Addiction is treatable, but not curable. Recovery refers to the lifelong process of healing physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually from addiction. However, most people do not ever refer to themselves as “recovered.” According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,…

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Funds Study on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Meth

A study published last week—funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse—shows promise regarding the first-ever medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for meth addiction. Participants received either a placebo or a combination of Naltrexone (Vivitrol and Revia) and Bupropion (Wellbutrin). Naltrexone, an opioid antagonist already used to treat alcohol and opioid use disorder, can help prevent cravings.…

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Searching for Dopamine During the Pandemic

As I learn about dopamine’s role in addiction, I understand why I and others in recovery might engage in self-destructive behaviors. Recovery gives us a chance to channel self-destructive tendencies in healthy ways; many of us have worked hard on this. But the COVID-19 pandemic can exacerbate these proclivities, even if we are staying away…