a woman deals with the effects of heroin addiction

Physical Effects of Heroin Addiction

Heroin, a product of the opium plant, is a widely known opioid street drug. Addiction to this drug impacts your health in a multitude of ways. While mental issues are common, the signs of heroin addiction may also be physical in nature. Awareness of these physical signs may help alert you or a loved one…

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3 Things to Know Before Your Methadone Clinic Appointment

Methadone is one of the most commonly used medications for opioid addiction. Research shows that it helps support the recovery of large numbers of people. However, before your first appointment for methadone-assisted treatment, there are some things you should know. By educating yourself beforehand, you’ll help your appointment go as smoothly as possible. Methadone Is…

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Recognizing Recovery Month in September

Millions of people across America struggle daily with substance use disorders. These problems are treatable. However, to regain sobriety, you need help throughout all stages of addiction recovery. In recognition of these facts, September is observed each year as National Recovery Month. Recovery Month is a vital resource for affected people throughout the U.S. That…

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What Are Peer Recovery Specialists

Peer Recovery Support Specialists are people who are in recovery from substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders. Their life experiences and recovery allow them to provide recovery support so that others can benefit from their experiences. They are professionally trained in substance use disorder treatment and recovery. They can facilitate timely access to substance…

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National LGBT Health Awareness Week

Those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) often face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges. These factors increase their risk for various substance use and mental health issues. National LGBT Health Awareness Week is “Out for Equity” in 2021, highlighting the need for ongoing engagement of the LGBTQ+ community on…

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Making Addiction Recovery New Years Resolutions

If you are struggling with an addiction and have decided it is time to attempt serious recovery, you likely thought about using this prospect as your New Year’s resolutions this year. Addiction recovery requires several aspects, including: Stopping drug or alcohol use completely Taking time for yourself rather than catering to others Recognizing the potential…

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How to Support Your Loved One with a Substance Use Disorder During the Holidays

During the holidays, families come together to share meals and make new memories that can last a lifetime. However, for those with a substance use disorder (SUD), this can be both a blessing and a challenge. Supporting a loved one with SUDs may mean changing up the routine to help everyone feel included. Individuals with…