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The current opioid drug epidemic in the U.S. is all over the news. What often starts off as a legitimate medical need, prescription medication for pain, leads to physical dependency, then to addiction, and then in some circumstances, to overdose and death. One of the most dangerous prescribed opioids today is fentanyl. It’s a powerful painkiller, even in low doses,...

Fentanyl is a prescription opioid painkiller that is used to relieve extreme pain, often the pain that is associated with cancer. It is a very potent painkiller. In fact, it is estimated to be 30-50 times stronger than heroin and as much as 100 times more potent than morphine. When sold on the street, fentanyl is often mixed with heroin...

Anyone who is suffering from addiction to opioid drugs knows how hard it is to give them up. One fear that keeps many opioid addicts from seeking help to get clean and sober is the fear of going through withdrawals. The symptoms of withdrawal can be unpleasant, painful, and even dangerous for those addicts who have been using opioids for...

If you have been prescribed opioid painkillers for a medical condition, you may be concerned about becoming dependent on or addicted to the medication, and for good reason. It’s reported that more than 2 million people misused prescription opioid drugs in 2017 alone, and more than 20,000 Americans overdose and die from these pain relievers every year. With numbers like...

Living with an opioid addict is definitely challenging. Addiction isn’t a condition that only affects the person taking the drugs, it affects everyone who is around that person. It has the potential to tear families apart – and it does so in many cases. People who care for someone who is addicted to opioids is likely to feel a range...

Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone. It doesn’t discriminate, it can plague anyone from any walk of life. Once addiction takes hold of an individual, it is very difficult for that person to stop drinking alcohol or using drugs on his or her own. When an addict finds the pain of getting clean and sober to be less...

If you have paid attention to the news lately, then you know that the country is in the midst of an opioid drug epidemic. Prescription painkillers and illicit opioid drugs are taking more lives than ever. Heroin is just one of those drugs. Derived from morphine, which comes from the opium poppy plant, heroin is a central nervous system depressant...

Making the decision to seek treatment for your drug or alcohol addiction is a big deal. It is the beginning of your recovery process and it’s a step in the right direction for you and your family. To begin the process of recovery, you will first have to go through detoxification, or detox, to rid your body of the drugs...

Your mind is in a heightened state during recovery. You’re on edge. You’re anxious. And most of the time, you’re angry. Recovery can leave you feeling fatigued, stressed and traumatized. It can leave you feeling anxious, worried and highly emotional. And all of these feelings can trigger anger, which is why it’s such a common emotional response for people in...