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What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication-assisted treatment is an evidence-based method for treating substance abuse. While it’s been around for a few years, it’s just now gaining traction and becoming available at more treatment centers across the country. MAT has garnered attention and sparked discussion, even controversy, since its creation. These opposing reactions have slowed its implementation, even as the […]

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What Is a Wet Drug, and Is It Dangerous?

The term “wet drug” refers to any drug that has been dipped in or laced with either: Liquid PCP or Embalming fluid PCP (phencyclidine) is a powerful hallucinogen and dissociative anesthetic. Embalming fluid contains primarily formaldehyde, ethanol, and methanol. It’s used by funeral homes to preserve bodies, but it’s also gaining popularity as a drug

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What Is Relapse?

The definition of relapse is pretty simple: It’s when your symptoms come back after a period of improvement. In terms of substance abuse recovery, a relapse means returning to the use of drugs or alcohol after you’ve abstained. In the example of an alcoholic, a relapse counts as any amount of drinking after you’ve tried

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The Path to Painkiller Addiction and How to Get Off of It

Painkiller addiction is an epidemic in the U.S. Opioids, drugs that help to alleviate pain, can be highly addictive. Some are illegal, like heroin and fentanyl. Others are legal prescription medications. These include drugs like oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and codeine. Prescription painkillers help millions of people live with less pain, but if they

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7 Tips for Surviving Christmas as a Recovering Alcoholic

Christmas can be a challenging time if you’re a recovering alcoholic. From family dinners to office parties, it can feel like alcohol is everywhere! If you’re the only one not drinking during Christmas, you might feel left out. And seeing everyone indulging in drinks can lead to serious cravings. You want to enjoy Christmas as

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5 Ways to Keep Holiday Depression at Bay for Sobriety’s Sake

The happiest time of year can easily become the saddest. Between a neighborhood of beautiful twinkling lights and wish lists waiting to be filled, the holidays bring a lot of pressure. For you, the expectations could be so overwhelming that they trigger anxiety and depression. Because those feelings are a slippery, downward spiral, you might

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