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How Many Painkillers are Prescribed Yearly?

Politicians, doctors, police officers, and substance abuse treatment professionals are fighting their hardest against the opioid wave that’s been sweeping our country. What they’re looking to combat is the root of the problem – prescription painkillers that lead to dependency, and then open the floodgates to cheaper, illegal, street drugs. A recent look at the Florida Department of Health’s 2016…

Massachusetts New Prescription Monitoring Program

Last month in Massachusetts, the Department of Health launched a new Prescription Monitoring Program database, known as the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool, or MassPAT. Massachusetts drug rehab centers recently heard the announcement that the prescription monitoring program went live on August 22, 2016. This version of the program is an improved version of the old monitoring program, with technology that…

The Effects of Detoxing While Pregnant

At a time when most women’s emotions are particularly volatile, detoxing while pregnant can make the process seem much more intimidating, which is why medical assistance is crucial to the success of detoxing while pregnant. Pregnant women who do not detox and instead choose to keep abusing drugs, put themselves and their unborn child at risk for birth defects, lifelong…

Common Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA), is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the body’s central nervous system. Not only does it hinder nerve transmission in the brain, it also serves to calm any nervous activity. People take GABA as a way to improve mood, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, help with premenstrual syndrome, and treat attention hyperactivity disorder. Xanax…

Hilary Clinton Announces That Substance Abuse Will be Big Part of Campaign

Hilary Clinton has taken the same stance on just about every major “fight” that she states she plans on fighting. Of those fights, the main one that she focuses on is rebuilding the economy, strengthening families, stripping dysfunction from government and protecting the country from security threats. However, recently Clinton has added another issue to the table: substance abuse recovery…

Recovery Survival Guide

Your first 30 days in recovery may come as a shock to your system and overall way of living, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that “this too shall pass.” In order to make it through the first tumultuous days of recovery, here are some tips that will make sure your first days of recovery go…

Which Addiction Shortens Lifespans by a Decade?

While it is not news that excessive drinking is hard on both the mind and body, a new study has revealed evidence that alcoholism reduces the average lifespan by about 7.6 years. The study, published in European Psychiatry, compared 23,371 alcohol dependent patients to 233,710 non-alcohol dependent patients over the course of 12.5 years. Unsurprisingly, the study revealed that those…

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