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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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How Alcohol Exacerbates Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health disorders. Study after study has found that alcohol is the most commonly abused substance. These are unfortunate statistics, because alcohol often exacerbates (or even causes) depression and anxiety. Many people fall into a cycle of drinking to numb the symptoms of one or both of…

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Should I Participate in Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy is a treatment that provides access to the support needed when dealing with problems. It is particularly useful in treating addiction and mental health issues like anxiety. Besides, it can help deal with anger issues and family conflicts caused by these problems. It’s critical to understand the importance of individual therapy and what…

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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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