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There has been extensive media coverage on the high numbers of Americans dependent on or addicted to prescription painkillers. Some are calling the nation’s opiate addiction an epidemic that’s sweeping the country, leaving people hooked on highly potent opioids after initially using meds to treat chronic pain. The fact that this problem originates in the… Read More »

People with addiction illness have several treatment routes available to them which largely depend on the severity of their condition and the substance they have been abusing. Individuals who have been abusing potent drugs such as heroin or prescription painkillers are almost always recommended to attend inpatient or residential treatment. This is mainly because of… Read More »

According to the American Society of Addiction Medication (ASAM), addiction is recognized as a “primary, chronic disease of the brain with characteristic biological, social and spiritual manifestations”. Whereas in the past, addiction to alcohol or drugs was considered a criminal justice issue, it is now known to be a public health problem. When someone has… Read More »

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Alcohol use disorder or AUD is the medical term of someone with alcoholism, which by definition means a person that is unable to control their desire to drink no matter how bad the consequences on their lives. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), around 15 million American adults suffer from some form of… Read More »

Heroin is a powerful substance originating from morphine, which is derived from extracts from opium poppy plants. The drug is illegal and so it is generally manufactured in illicit labs and users inject, inhale snort or smoke it. Despite its somewhat sordid reputation, more people are becoming addicted to heroin than ever before, many progressing… Read More »