ACKNOWLEDGING AND COPING WITH NICOTINE ADDICTION - AR28
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ACKNOWLEDGING AND COPING WITH NICOTINE ADDICTION

No matter what route it’s administered through, nicotine has been known to produce psychoactive effects  (mood swings, positive reinforcement, and then, unfortunately, addiction). Tobacco smoke inhalation is the quickest and most efficient method of delivering nicotine to the brain. Less than 10 seconds after inhalation, roughly 25% of it reaches View Article
IDENTIFYING ANTABUSE AND ITS PROPERTIES - AR27
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IDENTIFYING ANTABUSE AND ITS PROPERTIES

Antabuse is not an addictive medication; it is a part of a group of medications called “antidipsotropic medications” that are designed to have an anti-drinking effect. When combined with alcohol, Antabuse produces unpleasant and severe reactions: lowered blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting. The primary goal is to develop an aversion View Article
MAKING WISE DECISIONS WITH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN RECOVERY - AR26
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MAKING WISE DECISIONS WITH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN RECOVERY

It is often said that old habits die hard. Despite working hard to recover and even making good progress, the thought of having a drink here or there may surface in your mind. This temptation alone may make it harder to reach your destination. Are there truly any pros to View Article
HOW ACAMPROSATE CAN BE USED TO TREAT ALCOHOL ADDICTION - AR25
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HOW ACAMPROSATE CAN BE USED TO TREAT ALCOHOL ADDICTION

Acamprosate helps lower alcohol cravings and effectively treat alcoholism. It is actually used to regulate and stabilize brain activity for a period of 3 to 12 months after you quit drinking. Acamprosate has been successfully used over the course of the past few decades in the U.S. and Europe as View Article
HOW ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL WREAKS HAVOC ON YOUR BODY - AR24
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HOW ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL WREAKS HAVOC ON YOUR BODY

Alcohol withdrawal is a clinical syndrome which affects people who are only accustomed to regular alcohol intake; it occurs when either alcohol consumption is decreased, or they quit drinking completely. In these cases, the central nervous system adjusts to the constant presence of alcohol in the body and compensates for View Article
OPIOID OXYCONTIN: THREE MAJOR WAYS IT’S HARMFUL - AR23
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OPIOID OXYCONTIN: THREE MAJOR WAYS IT’S HARMFUL

From health risks to the spread of disease, abusing OxyContin can produce regrettable consequences. OxyContin is the commercial name for the opioid/opiate medication oxycodone; it affects the brain in ways that cause euphoria and relaxation, a primary reason the drug is widely abused. Anyone who takes OxyContin (even as directed, View Article
COMING OUT VICTORIOUS IN RECOVERY - AR22
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COMING OUT VICTORIOUS IN RECOVERY

What exactly makes up a successful recovery from substance abuse and addiction? Is it just checking into rehab? Is it quitting cold turkey? In reality, recovery is mainly defined on an individual basis. Yet there exists a key concept that leads to success: individualized assessment, then treatment.  There are numerous View Article
THE EERINESS OF ECSTASY - AR21
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THE EERINESS OF ECSTASY

Ecstasy (also known as MDMA) is often used leisurely, because of its psychoactive effects. People who take it are drawn towards it because it ignites positive emotions (euphoria, heightened sensations, etc.). This drug causes every sensation of touch, light, and sound to be greatly intensified, thus making it popular at View Article
IS ALCOHOL REHABILITATION REALLY WORTH IT? - AR20
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IS ALCOHOL REHABILITATION REALLY WORTH IT?

Even in the most successful alcohol rehab centers, there’s a pretty good chance that individual addiction treatment may not be effective if the addict isn’t ready to change. Alcoholics who approach alcohol rehab centers with an open mind and the willpower to make changes in their lives are much more View Article