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How Opiates Affect Your Body Physically

America is currently experiencing an opiate crisis. Originally derived from opium, natural opiates like morphine and heroin are euphoric painkillers. Today, synthetic opiates, known as opioids, have the same effect and are prevalent across the country. Both drugs are highly addictive, and many people may take an opioid, like OxyContin, and switch to heroin because…

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The Importance of a Support Network from an Alumni Program

No one should go through addiction recovery alone. No matter the stage of addiction recovery, a strong support system is essential to maintaining sobriety. For some, family and sober friends can help provide support throughout early recovery and later in life. However, often family members have difficulty understanding their loved one’s experience of addiction. Finding…

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Issues Women Face in Early Addiction Recovery

Women across the country struggle with addiction every day. Many women battle drug and alcohol addiction that is the result of issues that only women understand. Some may use drugs or drink to mitigate social pressure, motherhood, or family life. Some women can abuse drugs or alcohol for an extended period while maintaining a relatively…

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Dealing with Negative Thoughts During Addiction Recovery

It’s difficult to control negative thoughts during addiction recovery. When someone stops using drugs or alcohol, the brain and body adjust. Prescription and illegal drugs and alcohol alter brain chemistry. During addiction, the brain stops producing chemicals like dopamine and GABA. These chemicals affect mood and behavior. During detox, the brain goes through chemical withdrawal…

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What to Expect in an Opiate Addiction Treatment Center

The terms opiates and opioids are often used interchangeably, and many people seem to think that they are the same type of drug. There are many similarities, making it easy to understand why the two terms are often used together. There are distinct differences between opiates and opioids, leading some people to wonder what they…

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How to Have Success in an Addiction Treatment Program

The first step towards your success in substance abuse treatment programs is just choosing to go. Understanding that they offer the best hope of recovery is critical. At Atlanta Detox Center, our substance abuse treatment programs set people up for genuine, long-term recovery. If you or a loved one may benefit from an addiction treatment…

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Convincing a Friend to Enter Alcohol Detox

Mental health, substance abuse, and addiction issues should be taken seriously. Unfortunately, countless people all over the world deal with these issues on their own every day. One of the major challenges of addiction is that this impacts not only the individual but also their family and friends. You may have a friend who has…

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Achieving Success in Drug and Alcohol Detox

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment can help you learn to become a productive functioning person, defined by something other than your drug and alcohol abuse. The first step for many people seeking help for substance abuse disorders is staying at a drug detox center. Because addiction is a complicated thing, your drug addiction recovery journey…

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The Importance of Stress Management for Addiction Recovery

During addiction treatment or recovery, a person is likely to experience times of high stress. With or without addiction, most people deal with stress of some type at various times of their lives. When people with addiction lack proper stress management skills, they may be at a higher risk of developing complications, including relapse. At…