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Mothers Making a Change Against Addiction and Alcohol

For decades, women in the U.S. have been consuming alcohol in heavier and heavier amounts. Today women in some age groups actually drink excessively more often than men. These facts help explain the extent of alcoholism in women. They also help explain why mothers and other women often need alcoholism treatment. Are you affected by…

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What to Expect in a Vivitrol Program

If you’re affected by opioid or alcohol addiction, medication typically forms part of your treatment plan. Several medications are available for both forms of addiction. Each option serves its own purpose in supporting your recovery. One commonly used option is Vivitrol. This is a brand-name version of the opioid blocker naltrexone. A Vivitrol treatment program…

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Is It Safe to Smoke Weed While Pregnant?

Today, marijuana is gradually entering the ranks of America’s legal, recreational substances. However, the drug’s new legal status can overshadow its potential to cause harm. One area of concern is marijuana use during pregnancy. If you smoke weed while pregnant, you expose your developing child to a range of potentially adverse effects. This means that…

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Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug for Women?

Today, more women are using marijuana than ever before. Most people view the consumption of this drug as harmless or low-risk, especially when compared to other substances. However, a significant number of users will develop an addiction. Enrollment in a marijuana addiction program is strongly recommended if this happens to you. Can marijuana use or…

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The Dangers of Combining Gabapentin and Opioids

Opioids have gotten a lot of press coverage lately. Why? Gabapentin and Opioids Make National Headlines    During the Trump administration, the federal government finally declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the United States. Tens of thousands of Americans died from opioid overdoses before the federal government finally sat up and…

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How to Taper Off Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills are a diverse group of medications that help you fall asleep or stay asleep. Not all of these medications work in the same way. However, many of them share one thing in common. Namely, if you take them long enough, you can become dependent on them. If dependence occurs, experts recommend that you…