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5 Signs of Cocaine Addiction in a Loved One

Cocaine addiction happens quickly for some people. This drug is a highly addictive stimulant that triggers the central nervous system. Because of the effectiveness of the drug, cocaine abuse can become hard to control without professional treatment. Cocaine rehab allows for a safe detox process with fewer complications. At Amatus Recovery Centers, a cocaine addiction…

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Religion Works for Some in Recovery, Not for Others

As a not particularly religious person, I was initially turned off by recovery’s seemingly religious focus. In AA, there are a lot of references to God or a higher power. While that higher power doesn’t have to be God—it can be anything greater than yourself—recovery language seemed to lean religious. For some, this is a…

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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.…