Alcohol Addiction Signs and Symptoms

Katelyn Sharkey

Alcoholism, also referred to as alcohol addiction, is a destructive disease that has life threatening consequences and countless long-term negative health effects. Recognizing that someone has an alcohol use disorder can be tricky, because drinking is a common and widely accepted social activity. It can be difficult to determine…

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Recognizing the Signs of Opioid Abuse

Katelyn Sharkey

Opioids are a category of powerful drugs that include forms which are legal, synthetic and illicit. Most people are originally introduced to opioids through a doctor who legally prescribes them for the treatment of pain. When taken, opioid drugs produce a chemical reaction that interacts with the opioid receptors in…

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#BLACKBALLOONDAY

Katelyn Sharkey

Black balloon day is a national event that takes place annually on March 6th in the United States. This event is used to bring awareness to the drug epidemic and the devastating number of overdose deaths that result from it each year. People from all walks of life and all…

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Benefits of Traveling Out of State for Addiction Treatment

Katelyn Sharkey

Making the decision to seek treatment for substance abuse or drug addiction is a monumental step in recovery. Recognizing and acknowledging the existence of your substance abuse problem can take time. Deciding to address your problem takes courage, bravery and commitment. It is important to do your research and look…

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How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System?

Katelyn Sharkey

Cocaine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is popular for its ability to quickly produce an intense euphoric high. This illicit substance in particular is fast-acting, yet its effects are short-lived. A person who uses cocaine will experience an extreme sense of euphoria for approximately one hour, with…

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The Importance of Detoxing in a Clinical Setting

Katelyn Sharkey

Sobriety is a fundamental part of the addiction rehabilitation and recovery process. Drug and alcohol treatment almost always begins with a period of detoxification. In order for long-term success in recovery, a person must undergo and complete drug or alcohol detox to break the physical dependence on their drug…

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Tom Sizemore Charged with Heroin Possession

Katelyn Sharkey

Actor Tom Sizemore, known for his role in “Saving Private Ryan,” is currently facing the possibility of a one year prison sentence. Sizemore was charged with two counts of heroin possession and two counts of possession of medication without a prescription. The arrest took place on January 5, 2019,…

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How to Approach a Loved One Suffering From Addiction

Katelyn Sharkey

When someone you love is struggling with a substance abuse problem, finding the right way to approach them can be challenging. Whether it is a friend, family member, or loved one, talking about someone’s addiction and their need for treatment is never easy. Despite having the best of intentions, confronting…

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