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What are Signs of Meth Use?

Meth use has risen in the United States, raising the alarm about addiction and overdose. In 2018, data shows that nearly 1.9 million people used meth. According to the National Institute on drug abuse, meth overdose rates quadrupled from 2011 to 2017 alone.  Due to the rising concerns about the drug, knowing how to recognize…

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What are the Side Effects of Vicodin?

Vicodin is a brand name combination of the drugs Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Vicodin is prescribed by doctors to treat patients with severe pain.  Knowing the potential side effect of Vicodin before taking the medicine can be helpful! What is Vicodin? Vicodin is a very strong pain killer. It is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.…

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Is Adderall Dangerous?

Conversations about opioids have become more common as media has been covering rising numbers of opioid abuse.  With this in mind, people may wonder what opiates and opioids are.  People may also want to know if a painkiller they have been prescribed, such as Percocet, is considered an opiate or opioid. Percocet is in a…

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What is Experience, Strength and Hope?

In recovery there are many clichés and phrases which are repeated often in 12-step support meetings. You may also hear these same phrases in a group setting typically found in an inpatient or outpatient treatment center.  These clichés are often used frequently in recovery, because they mean a lot to the recovering person and are…

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What Does OxyContin Look Like?

OxyContin is a medicine often prescribed by doctors to help patients manage pain. The painkiller has gained more attention in the media in connection to prescription overdose.  Knowing what OxyContin is and what it looks like can be helpful. What is OxyContin? OxyContin is the brand name of a prescription medication containing oxycodone.  It is…

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Does OxyContin Make You Angry?

Have you or a loved one been prescribed the painkiller OxyContin?  Have you noticed a change in mood? Know what to expect!  Typical side effects of OxyContin may differ with side effects of OxyContin addiction or withdrawal. Most often, anger is only a side effect of OxyContin withdrawal. What is OxyContin? OxyContin is the brand…

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How to Be Sober and Keep Your Friends

I am sure you have heard the popular recovery cliché, “Stay away from old people, places and things.”  This statement is a heavily emphasized suggestion for any newcomer coming into recovery, because it is a strong belief that it is important to distance yourself from things that may trigger or surround you with your old…

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Being a Father in Recovery

Recovery has taught me a lot of things about myself and has helped me grow into a man that I could not have imagined when I was using drugs and alcohol.  It has taught me that I can be responsible.  It has taught me that I can persevere through hard times in life.  It has…