Understanding Addiction

A woman suffers through Xanax withdrawal alone

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

There’s a misconception that medically prescribed drugs like Xanax are safer than illicit street drugs like heroin or meth. However, anything in excess is harmful. Hence, prolonged consumption of Xanax can cause psychological and physical dependence leading to Xanax withdrawal symptoms when attempting to suddenly stop using them. This article will give you an overview of Xanax withdrawal syndrome and…

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Ativan Withdrawal Symptoms

Ativan withdrawal symptoms are the side effects of long-term Ativan consumption. Although there’s a general misconception that prescribed medications are safer than illegal street drugs, they come with their own caveats. Long-term drug interactions with Ativan can cause a psychological addiction or a physical dependence on it. Abruptly stopping or reducing intake results in withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be…

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Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

Klonopin withdrawal symptoms can be psychologically and physically distressing, however, they are necessary for your recovery. Klonopin withdrawal symptoms arise when you suddenly stop taking Klonopin after regular, long-term use because your body develops a high tolerance for the drug. Knowing what to expect, what will happen to your body, and how to ease some of the discomfort will help…

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What Are Amphetamines?

A Guide to Amphetamines Amphetamines are a class of drugs known as central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. They are typically used in the treatment of disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Because of how it reacts with the central nervous system, it can produce feelings of confidence, increase a person’s focus on a task, or make someone feel…

How Long Does Withdrawal Last? An Addict wonders at the duration of his suffering

How Long Does Withdrawal Last?

Withdrawal: A Comprehensive Guide What is withdrawal? Withdrawing is the body’s response to being cut off from a substance that a person is dependent upon. It can encompass both mental and physical side-effects. When someone is addicted to a drug, their body tries to make it difficult for them to give it up. Withdrawing is made up of symptoms designed…

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What are Opiates?

Origins of Opiates Opiates are medications that are derived from opium. Humans have been using opium for centuries as both a painkiller and a recreational drug. However, opiates are a more modern invention. While individual opiates may vary in how they affect the body, the overall impact is similar. All opiates are classed as narcotics. They can be helpful if…

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Opiate vs Opioid

Are Opiates and Opioids Different? By now, nearly everyone has heard about the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. In the late 80s and early 90s, doctors prescribed opioids to clients as painkillers. But what is an opiate vs opioid, and how did both come into being? They were highly effective at stopping pain, but unfortunately were even more effective at…

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What Are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines: Everything You Need To Know Benzodiazepines belong to a class of drugs called depressants. They slow down messages traveling between a person’s brain and their body. Typically, benzodiazepines are prescribed by doctors as minor tranquilizers. They’re commonly used to relieve stress and anxiety and have many trade names and brands that people can get them under. In addition to…

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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Recovering from binge drinking and substance abuse is fraught with hurdles — the primary one being alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Despite the dangers of alcohol and the myriad problems it poses, taking refuge in the sedative effects of alcohol to numb withdrawal symptoms is a natural reaction to them. If you’re ready to go cold turkey to get rid of your…

Drug Addiction Vs Dependence: Understanding The Main Differences

America’s battle with substance abuse: it’s been a major problem in this country for countless numbers of years. We’ve seen husbands, wives, children, grandparents, neighbors, friends and relatives taken down dark paths by drugs and alcohol with seemingly no way to stop it.

Signs of Crack Addiction

Gaining popularity in the 1980’s right after the height of the cocaine era of the ’70s, crack abuse became so pervasive

5 Ways to Prevent Relapse

Relapse is something that is a normal part of addiction recovery. Not everyone relapses after getting sober, but many do

Why Medical Detox is Important

If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you know that you cannot just simply stop using. In fact, ensuring that you have