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Which Depressants are Legal vs. Illegal?

What Are Depressants? Despite the name, depressants don’t necessarily make you feel depressed. Referred to as “downers,” these drugs are designed to help people relax, release inhibitions, and feel at-ease. They are commonly used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, stress, insomnia, sleep disorders, body pain, seizures, and more. Depressants can be swallowed, drank, injected, or…

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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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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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Benzodiazepines (Xanax): What You Need To Know

The importance of understanding the uses of prescription medication when introduced to a potentially addictive substance By Alisha Barnes, M.S, LPC   What Are Benzodiazepines Benzodiazepine refers to a class of medication, which is more often recognized by the individual brands, including Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin, amongst others. This class of medication is typically seen…

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Is it Safe to go to Treatment during the COVID-19 Crisis?

Right now is an unprecedented and trying time for many. With social-distancing being the number one recommended precaution against the Corona virus, it can be difficult to justify entering a treatment facility even when you know you are in need of help. It can be hard to know what to do. When the country is in a health crisis, and you find yourself in crisis…

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Cocaine on the Brain

By Gregg Snook M.A., NCC, LPC I was planning out some articles and it came up that people are aware of “DRUGS” (said in a spooky and ominous tone).  So, it’s more like “DRRRRUUUUUGGGSSSS WOOOOOO,” like a ghost story.  I wanted to take some time to discuss and explain further individual drugs, and why they…