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How Drug Use Hurts Your Family

The wide-spread use of drugs created a wealth of information about how specific drugs affect the health and well-being of users. These conversations look at the ways drugs negatively impact one’s physical and mental health, their finances, their ability to function in society, and their relationships with others. The impact drug use has on family can be a difficult subject to approach. For many, the presence of drugs in a household disrupts what was once a peaceful and loving environment. Conflict between drug users and their family members becomes normal as trust between these individuals erodes. Communication becomes difficult, and relatives often become guarded and unwilling to visit. For some, their drug use and the deterioration of their relationship with their spouse leads to the end...

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10 Tips for Staying Drug and Opioid Free During the Holidays

The holiday season is stressful for everyone. Our calendars are packed with holiday parties, family and friend get-togethers, shopping for gifts, and many more events that disrupt our normal schedules. If you’re recovering from an addiction, the added pressure to partake in these events and celebrate with family and friends can make it difficult to stay on-track with your recovery plan. Here are some tips to help you manage the holidays while staying on track with your recovery journey. 1. Make your recovery the top priority Your sobriety and recovery journey are the most important things to focus on during the holiday season. While you may be tempted to prioritize attending family events, holiday parties, and keeping holiday traditions, ignoring your personal needs can be harmful...

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What Can You Do If a Family Member Has an Addiction?

Facing an addiction is a scary time, especially if the person suffering is a loved one. You are worried about their health and safety, how their addiction will impact your family, if you will be able to make payments if they lose their job, or if they will ever be able to overcome their illness. Perhaps you are worried for your safety or your kids’ safety. You might also be worried that if you approach them and try to talk about the problem that they will lash out, refuse to acknowledge it, or completely cut you out of their life. You love them and want to help, but have no idea where to start. Early identification of an addiction makes it easier to treat it. Many people suffering from an addiction do not seek help for their illness. This might be because they are unaware of how bad it has...

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Drug Addiction in the US: How Bad Is It?

The Opioid Crisis. Wine Moms. Teens Using JUULs. We’ve all seen the headlines. Everywhere you turn there seems to be another study, article, or TV pundit talking about how bad the drug crisis has gotten in America. Gone are the days of the D.A.R.E. program and the “War on Drugs.” Instead, we have entered an era of drug legalization, the proliferation of drugs throughout society, and a general laissez-faire acceptance of everyone and anyone doing drugs. At least, that is what the media portrays. The truth, as always, is far more complicated. Yes, it is true that drug use has risen in recent years across all generations, genders, and other demographics in the United States. Some attribute this to a change in views on drugs and recreational drug use over the last 50 years. For example, 58%...

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Drug Overdose Deaths Hit 100,000 for the First Time in the U.S.

Drug overdose deaths hit a new high in 2020, with over 100,000 people dying across the U.S. – driven largely by the pandemic, which negatively impacted people in many ways. To put that in perspective, that’s over 10 people dying every hour. This was a 30% increase from 2019 – and things are only getting worse as time goes on. Most of these deaths can be attributed to opioids, and more specifically, synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Our Medical Director at IHAT, Dr. Eric Jones, recently spoke with 13News Now on the impact of the numbers and who’s being impacted. “It’s kind of scary because the numbers are going up. What we’d like to see is this kind of level-off and the numbers go down, and in order to do that, it’s education and getting people...

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Drug Addiction and Mental Health: What You Need to Know

The past year has been stressful on all of us. Faced with months of isolation due to the global pandemic, many of us have been dealing with a variety of mental health issues. Increased levels of stress, bouts of depression, and general mental fatigue are rampant. For others, the current climate has compounded the effects of anxiety and panic disorders, clinical depression, personality disorders, and other mental illnesses. To alleviate their symptoms, some people turned to recreational drugs to self-medicate; others sought out stronger substances. Unfortunately, the use of drugs can exacerbate the symptoms of pre-existing mental illnesses, and mental illnesses can increase the chance of developing a substance use disorder. Addiction itself is a mental illness. It is a chronic disease...

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Coping With Drug Withdrawal, Diarrhea, and Stomach Pain

Going through withdrawal is one of the hardest things someone could go through. Along with the constant cravings, many people experience symptoms like sweating, anxiety, insomnia, muscles aches, and blurry vision. Some of the later stage symptoms included diarrhea and stomach pain. These symptoms are inconvenient, can be incredibly uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening. If you are experiencing these symptoms, its important to monitor them and how long they last. If the symptoms persist, seek medical help to rule out an underlying viral or bacterial infection. Here are some tips to help you cope with the diarrhea and stomach pains associated with drug withdrawal. Avoid hot drinks, acidic fruits, and spicy foods. Stick to bland foods like white toast, white rice, and bananas....

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What You Need To Know About Opioid Use During Pregnancy

Pregnancy, whether it is planned or not, is a life changing experience. It can also be frightening and stressful, especially for women who are also dealing with an opioid addiction. Trying to do the best thing for your baby can be incredibly difficult when feel unable to control other aspects of your life. As you decide your path forward, it is important to understand the potentially deadly consequences of continuing opioid use during pregnancy. There are many risks associated with opioid use during pregnancy, particularly during later stages of pregnancy. Complications from opioid use during pregnancy include: Placental abruption and insufficiencyPremature rupture of membranesIntra-amniotic infection (inflammation of fetal membranes)Preterm labor or premature birthFetal growth...

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Is Subutex Safe to Take When Pregnant?

Pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting adventure. It can also be frightening, difficult, and worrying, especially if it is unexpected or comes at a difficult time in your life. Perhaps you have been thinking about getting clean and seeking help for your opioid addiction and finding out that you are pregnant has spurred you to start treatment. If that is the case, you were probably offered Subutex as a potential treatment and you are probably worried about how your addiction and treatment will affect your baby. The best thing you can do is seek help from medical professionals who have experience helping women in situations similar to yours. To help you in your treatment and keep you baby safe, your doctors may prescribe you Subutex. Subutex contains buprenorphine which blocks opiate...

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What Are The Benefits Of Outpatient Addiction Clinics?

One of the first choices you will have to make when seeking treatment for your addiction is what type of clinic is best for you: inpatient or outpatient. Most people imagine rehab as an inpatient process, where they spend a few weeks away from their family, friends, and the temptations of the outside world. For many people, however, weeks away from work is financially impossible, and the stigma associated with “checking into rehab” stops them from getting the help they need. Fortunately, outpatient addiction clinics offer an alternative solution that not only cheaper, but also more private. These clinics allow you to continue working and living your life while getting the treatment you need to overcome your addiction. There are a variety of outpatient clinics available for anyone seeking...

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