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Does Legal Marijuana Lower Opioid Abuse?

Easy Availability of Legal Marijuana

According to news reports, states permitting sales of legal marijuana are noticing a decline in opioid abuse, confirming the commonly-held belief that the drug’s legalization is having a positive impact. The research goes some way to silencing the concerns of critics of medical marijuana programs that easy and open access to the plant will have negative ramifications for public health. The fact remains that the number of cases of hospitalization for opioid abuse in states with a marijuana program are almost 25% lower than in states still prohibiting the drug. Here, we consider the facts and how marijuana affects drug abuse in the United…

Fentanyl Rivals Heroin as Most Dangerous Opioid

Fentanyl Syringe

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is most often associated as being an anesthetic drug for surgery with up to 100 times more potency than morphine. However, in recent years the drug has taken over for heroin as the deadliest drug on our streets, causing several hundred – if not thousands – of deaths along the way.

Fentanyl Now the Most Common Drug in Fatal Overdoses

It’s a staggering statistic that in New York City alone, over a thousand people die from drug overdoses every year. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, almost half of all accidental fatalities from drug overdoses involve fentanyl. The main reason fentanyl…

Why Sleep is Important During Addiction Treatment

Bedtime in Addiction Recovery

When you are in the process of rehabilitating from drug or alcohol addiction, your sleep patterns may change, making it difficult to adapt to your new lifestyle. Sleep is crucial for your physical health and wellbeing and even having one night of restlessness can impair your judgement, making it hard to focus and participate in the world around you. Both drugs and alcohol have properties that can make you drowsy, and it’s easy to use substances to ensure a great night’s sleep. But what about when you’re in recovery? How can you re-train your mind and body to sleep without any artificial help?

Here we take a…

How to Stay Sober While Traveling This Summer

Travel Outdoors Sober

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, it can be challenging to maintain your sobriety, particularly as you are away from your usual support network. You also step outside of your daily routines to enjoy new experiences surrounded by others who will more than likely want to enjoy a drink while they’re out of town. How can you cope in this situation and pass the ultimate test of your sobriety when you’re on vacation? Here we give you some tips to keep you sober and still enjoy your time away to the fullest.

Choose Your Destination Carefully

It makes sense that if you’re on a 18-30 holiday in a booze-laden resort, you’re…

5 Signs You Are Addicted to Oxycodone

Holding Pain Medication Tablets

Oxycodone is a highly-addictive analgesic or pain reliever that is sold in a wide range of prescription drugs such as Roxicodone, Percocet and others. These drugs vary in strength and formula and also include controlled-release and extended-release versions that are classified by the DEA as Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substance Act or CSA. Essentially these are drugs that have important medical uses that are also highly-addictive by nature.

When you’re managing chronic pain, your symptoms can drive you to become dependent on your pain relief meds and it’s difficult to know when or if you’ve slipped completely into addiction.

Here,…

Why You Should Choose Holistic Addiction Rehab

Holistic Treatment Yoga

Holistic addiction treatment is considered one of the most successful methods of drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Where holistic addiction recovery centers differ from other, more traditional treatment programs, is that alternative therapies are used to fight addiction alongside effective approaches of conventional medicine. Holistic therapy treats the entire body, mind, and spirit so that you can free your body from pain and heal the root causes of your addiction.

Here we take a closer look at the reasons why holistic addiction treatment works:

1. Holistic treatment allows…

5 Ways to Prevent Addiction Relapse

Girl Beach Meditation

If you or someone close to you has successfully completed an addiction recovery program, it is a significant achievement. While you’re in treatment you have resources and therapists at hand to support you on your journey. It’s only when you leave the program that you become directly responsible for your own sobriety, which can be a difficult challenge. Here we take a look at five ways you can prevent an addiction relapse:

Steer Clear of Temptation

It sounds obvious, but many recovering addicts still try to mix with others who are still drinking or using recreational drugs without getting involved themselves. Though it’s great that you…

5 Tips to Stay Sober This Memorial Day Weekend

Celebrating Memorial Day

It’s coming up to the time at the end of May when we’ll all be remembering the sacrifices made by those who died serving our country. If you are concentrating on your sobriety or recovery, this time of celebration can be difficult for you to endure without giving in to temptation. There are parades, fireworks and barbecues throughout your neighborhood and it’s all too easy to join in with the fun. Here, we give you five tips to help you stay sober during the Memorial Day celebrations.

5 Tips to Keep You Sober on Memorial Day Weekend

  • 1. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before the event starts

5 Tell-Tale Signs You May Have a Drinking Problem

Struggling with Alcohol Addiction

It’s very difficult to distinguish someone who enjoys a drink socially from time to time and someone who has a problem with alcohol. That’s because alcohol is so widely accepted in our society and now more people drink than don’t. Who's to know what goes on behind closed doors? Here are five ways you can tell either you or your loved one could have a drinking problem.

Five Signs You May Have a Drinking Problem

  1. 1. Consistently neglecting responsibilities either at home, school or work as a result of your drinking. Perhaps you are performing poorly because you’re still hung over from…

3 Exercises to Help You Stay Sober

Bicycling to Stay Sober

Physical activity can be enormously helpful in your journey to sobriety although it can be difficult to get motivated. It’s a case of replacing old, bad habits with new healthy routines and that can take some time. The best way forward is to find an activity you enjoy and then be consistent with it. Work the activity into your routine at the same time of day and make it a habitual practice to dedicate that time to the activity you’ve chosen. You could consider doing the activity during the time you used to find yourself at a bar. That way, this will become…

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