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  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... Dr. Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Maryland. She said there ... prescribing by doctors and developing safer alternatives for pain treatment could help drive ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... than other prescription medication and had fewer side effects. Most commonly, marijuana was used as an alternative to opioids but participants also reported cutting down on other medications, such as: Anti-inflammatories ... continue reading
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  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... buprenorphine prescriptions directly to the comprehensive counseling service providers. He tells Alcoholism & Drug ... , reduce the number of required visits. Seeking Alternative Solutions Nance is teaming up with a local ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... takes about 15 minutes and is completed in an outpatient setting. The device then releases buprenorphine into your system ... more difficult. The implant offers a safe alternative to having medication in your home, where ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... method could be used for psychological services, specialist consults or addiction treatment. ... we can increase access.” And he's probably right. The alternative is to expect patients to drive several hours for what could ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... —good or bad, moral or immoral—hopefully you've learned some of the facts: methadone is a safer alternative to illicit drug use, it can lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms that often cause people to relapse, and ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... sitting on a highly effective pain-relief drug that is nonaddictive. Drug Company Profits & Non-addictive Drug Alternatives Well, the simple response to that is this: Money. The first company to come up with a completely ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... , psyche and sexuality. It can even be lethal in high dosages. In an effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug that delivers the same pain relief ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... cases they are legally able to provide you with services up to 120 days with minimal screening. Is ... anywhere from 80 to 120 mg . Once you transition to outpatient treatment, you'll need to return to the clinic everyday in ... continue reading
  • Chronic Disease Treatment Success Rates

    Testicular Cancer Testicular cancer was perhaps one of the most feared cancers of the 70s and 80s. However, advances in treatment meant that the prognosis of this disease changed from a 5 percent five-year survival rate to an 85 percent five-year ...

    ... means people end up feeling quite poorly as the drug works. However, it's better than the alternative. Since 1978, cisplatin has meant that those suffering from testicular cancer are no longer under a death sentence ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... and younger than age 60 experienced the same impairment as a result of benzo use, thus reducing the alternative explanation that the declines were due to natural aging in the older demographic. 6 Still, the cognitive ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... valid points. For example, Suboxone supporters believe that long-term buprenorphine treatment is a much better alternative to turning to a life of crime, unemployment, poverty and dope-sickness. Some even say Suboxone ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... Spread of Tramadol and Violence Tramadol is a prescription opiate medication, but it's regularly sold as an alternative narcotic on the black market. Simply put; tramadol is cheaper and more accessible. Although it's not ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... . Further research and future regulations will determine if this drug will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... It's when we refuse to accept this small amount that it grows in intensity and takes over. An Alternative Solution Many psychologists say we would be better off learning to manage our anxiety “pill-free.” They recommend ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... time stopping the drug without medical help, an outpatient treatment center will allow you to see a medical ... activities. A 24-hour rehab center with inpatient services will be helpful for those with serious withdrawal ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... programs. According to the North American Syringe Exchange Network , there are a total of 228 syringe service programs across the states, Puerto Rico and Native American lands. Are Syringe Programs Effective? The CDC ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... are in place and individual stressors, triggers, and temptations to take Xanax are relatively low at home, outpatient treatment programs may be a viable rehabilitation option for you. You'll like this option if you still ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... they have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III, addiction services director at West Virginia University School of Medicine, points out that many employees in this region are blue ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... long treatment, with no plans to wean him off the drug. He's now dependent on methadone. But, no alternatives are offered at the clinic; so they just kept increasing his dosage - further perpetuating the cycle. The Short ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... . You are not alone in your fight to break free from the cycle of abuse. Help is available for tramadol addiction . Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got a Brand New Bag Image Source: Shutterstock, iStock continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the-counter or all-natural alternatives to manage their condition. But if the problem has become too severe, or they're using heroin regularly ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... with prescription drug prices continuing to rise, many consumers will continue to shop on the Internet for cheaper alternatives. If it turns out that you need to take a prescription drug, you should only get them from ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... each year, and many patients report success with it. And while research is underway to find safer alternatives that interact with our brains differently, a sleepy 30 percent of our nation continues to struggle with ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... . Unaware of their exorbitant cost, patients request certain medications from their doctor, even though lower-cost alternatives might be available. Consumer knowledge of drug costs could help curb this overspending. #2 - ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... death rates increased substantially in surrounding states. “Not all communities have harm reduction or treatment services available, but pharmacies are everywhere,” said Traci Green, PhD, MSc, deputy director of BMC's ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this segment, many have zeroed in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they contain ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the amount of heroin users has also nearly doubled among the U.S. population ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... stimulants and offer solutions to their potential academic issues, such as study groups or free tutoring services. Abusing these stimulants may provide short-term solutions in the classroom, but are very likely to ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... more of their patients. According to a press release issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), practitioners can now obtain a waiver to prescribe Suboxone to up to 275 patients, an ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... About Suboxone Suboxone has been proven clinically effective and has significantly reduced the need for inpatient detox services , yet it's greatly underused due to widespread misconceptions. Let's address some of these ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... dying every year from opioid overdoses when there's treatment available? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently issued the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which stated as the ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... . Programs such as the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Seattle, Washington work to provide social services to drug users who are dealing to support their habit. And while LEAD doesn't force them into ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... women taking the medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a report in which it called for further research into the issue of ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... other medications for opioid withdrawal because they can be used and supervised in inpatient and outpatient settings. Following detoxification, the drug naltrexone may be prescribed as another option. Naltrexone is a ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... pain signals that are normally delivered via the spinal cord. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) data , somewhere between 26 and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide . In ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... , healthcare costs, and criminal justice costs. People who abuse opioid painkillers generally tend to use medical services, such as the emergency department, more than non-users. One review found that individuals with an ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... an opioid treatment program (OTP) which must be certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Methadone is a Schedule II ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... supervised detoxification program. Is Adderall the Drug of Choice for Students? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health notes that 6.4% of all full ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention act, a new law that would require the U.S. Postal Service to track senders the same way private shippers do. And thankfully, the Chinese government has also gotten ... continue reading
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    Addiction affects millions of people, and it doesn't discriminate. If it's impacting your life or that of someone you love, you might feel as if you've failed somehow. In reality, however, addiction can happen to anyone and most people need help to ...

    ... luxury, holistic, executive, faith-based, and outpatient. The kind of recovery program you enter ... t have insurance, there may be alternative means of funding addiction treatment services. There are several ways in which ... continue reading
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    Before you enroll in a recovery program in Delaware, consider what kind of program is best for you. Make sure the program's treatment approach matches with your needs, check to see if they have amenities you're looking for, and try learn more about, ...

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    Once you have decided that you'd like to seek treatment for your problem with drug or alcohol abuse, the next step is finding a recovery program that suits your individual needs. There are several types of addiction treatment in Kansas, including ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Help for Drug Abuse

    How do I know if I need help? Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you're addicted to a substance, and you may be wondering if you need professional help. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the signs of a substance use ...

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    Substance abuse is a complicated issue, potentially impacting all areas of one's life, including work, health, and interpersonal relationships. Hopefully, at some point, an individual battling with drug or alcohol addiction will reach out for help. ...

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    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications that manage pain and, furthermore, exhibit activity throughout the brain's pleasure centers. Their interaction with opioid receptors in the brain results in a down-modification of the sensations of ...

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    Navigating the seemingly intricate world of substance use treatment might seem a complex endeavor. With the multiple types of care, treatment locations, levels of care, medication, and behavioral therapies, being familiar with commonly used terms ...

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  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

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  • Spice Abuse

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  • Crisis Resource Guide

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  • Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

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  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

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  • Flexeril Abuse

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  • Ketamine Abuse

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  • Sober Living Homes – Halfway There: Everything You Need to Know

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

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  • Ativan Overdose

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  • 30 Day Rehab Program

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  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Arkansas

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  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Washington DC

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  • Virginia Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center

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  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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  • Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

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  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Kingman, AZ

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  • The Effects of Subutex Use

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  • Types of Alternative Treatments and Therapies for Addiction

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  • Smoking Marijuana While Pregnant

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  • Alternatives to Anxiety Medications

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  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Drug Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ultram Abuse

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  • Drug Abuse Centers

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  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Meth Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

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  • Treating Psilocybin Mushroom Addiction

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