FREE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE

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For any individual to enter recovery from alcohol or substance abuse, they must want to change, including their lifestyle. Changing one’s lifestyle is not easy. It will be one of their life’s biggest challenge. However commitment, discipline and courage to ...

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Five Practical Ways to Keep a Tab On Your Drinking

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Have you been considering cutting back on drinking? Maybe you have encountered some adverse health or relationship issues due to your drinking, or you just don’t wish to go over the limit in your next drinking session with your friends.

If you are drinking too much, well beyond you tolerance level which puts you at risk for alcohol-related conditions such as liver damage, then you might need to cut back on your consumption. Even little changes can ...

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Medication for Withdrawal Management and Detoxification

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Medication for Withdrawal Management and Detoxification

Drug withdrawal is a severe state caused when individuals stop or dramatically reduce their usage on which they were heavily dependent for several weeks, months or years. The sudden withdrawal may result in symptoms that are difficult, severe or even can be life-threatening. The severity of withdrawal symptoms may also depend on its level of dependence. The person is at high risk if he tries to make it through withdrawal alone or by himself. ...

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Beware Withdrawal Symptoms – They can be Fatal!

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Upon abrupt discontinuation or decrease in intake of substances of abuse, an individual goes into a phase called “withdrawal.” It happens after repeated use of opiates (pain pills/heroin), alcohol and benzodiazepines and buprenorphine (trade names: Suboxone, Bunavail, Zubsolv), a medication used to treat opioid withdrawal and cravings. Withdrawal causes acute physical distress and, in the case of alcohol and benxodiazepines, it can cause seizures or even death.The symptoms may include excessive sweating, anxiety, depression, fatigue etc.

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Addiction is a Chronic Disease – Treat it Like One

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People with a substance use disorder, or addiction, are generally viewed as being “responsible” for their condition and there is a stigma associated with suffering from this disorder. However, medical evidence leaves no doubt that addiction is a disease. According to NIDA, addiction comes about through an array of neuroadaptive changes and the laying down and strengthening of new memory connections in various circuits in the brain.

Addiction is a chronic disease, much like diabetes and it ...

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