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What Is Vivitrol?

Chronic relapse is a reality for many who suffer from substance use disorders (SUD). Often, even when individuals are trying to break the cycle of addiction, the intensity of withdrawal symptoms leads them back to substance use. Medical detox is the safest way to comfortably overcome withdrawals to be able to work on the underlying…

a person goes through heroin addiction recovery

Understanding Heroin Addiction Recovery

Even after years of synthetic opioids and dangerous new designer drugs, heroin remains one of the most addictive substances known to modern medical science. This highly potent painkiller is derived from the same opium poppy that gave us morphine and other medically useful compounds. But heroin works quickly to hijack the chemical reward system in…

a woman displays alcohol addiction signs

3 Signs of Alcohol Addiction in a Loved One

Drinking, like smoking, is a common and deeply entrenched part of our culture today. It can be impossible for people who struggle with addiction to ignore something that is everywhere, cheap, and socially acceptable. Even though alcohol-related deaths like car accidents and domestic violence continue to climb in the United States, it can still be…

Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

Substance abuse can sometimes be an attempt to self-medicate an issue such as anxiety or depression. Often, they occur so closely together it is hard to distinguish which came first. Like the chicken or the egg, did the substance abuse cause anxiety or depression or did the depression and anxiety lead to substance abuse?