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How Social Media Can Impact Addiction

Social media has a considerable influence on today’s cultural environment. More people, young and old, turn to social media to stay connected with friends and family, keep up with world events, and stay current with their interests. However, social media has had a devastating impact on drug and alcohol addiction. People choose how, where, and…

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What Are the Differences Between Opioids and Opiates?

The abuse of opioids and opiates is one of the most significant challenges facing healthcare systems. While these drugs have some differences, most people do not know this and tend to mix their names. These substances are addictive and can cause serious health issues if used for an extended period. However, seeking treatment for opioid…

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Unused Prescription Drugs Can Be Dangerous If They Fall Into Your Kid’s Hands

National Drug Take Back Day—created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)—is October 24th. This Saturday, people can get rid of prescription pills by dropping them off at a collection site, where they will be disposed of safely and without judgement. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, that year, prescription drugs…

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The Importance of Early Education about Substance Use

Over the last several decades, there has been a ton of research on how early experiences affect later substance use. Early intervention—particularly from birth to age 8—can significantly reduce the risk of substance misuse and other harmful behaviors. A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that kids who had used drugs or alcohol…

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How to Find Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

Drug abuse affects not only the well-being of the user; it also impacts their family and friends. While some addiction signs are easy to recognize, some factors, such as isolation, make it difficult to know when someone needs help. Still, observing their behavior and health can assist in seeking addiction treatment. At Amatus Recovery Centers,…