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The Fentanyl Crisis

By: Dr. Raju Mangrola, MD – Chief Psychiatrist The opioid crisis has generated significant discussion in the past decade. It may now be more appropriate to designate the opioid crisis more specifically as the fentanyl crisis or the fentanyl epidemic. More than 100,000 overdose deaths each year, close to 80% related to fentanyl, speak volumes to the severity of the crisis. This article focuses on investigative findings related to the U.S. fentanyl crisis. The findings provide some insight into what

What Is Nitazene?

While misuse of opioids remains a serious threat in the U.S., not all opioids get equal attention. One opioid you may not have heard of yet is nitazene. Nitazene is a synthetic opioid with similarities to fentanyl and carfentanil. If you suspect a loved one has been misusing opioids, it’s helpful to add this unapproved drug to your awareness of substances. Keep reading to learn more about the dangers of nitazene and how to recognize if someone you know might

What Cocaine Does to Your Body

  A cocaine user recognizes the moment the drug enters their bloodstream, yet might not truly understand its effect on their body. Beyond the initial intense feelings and high energy, the harm being done to you through cocaine use can be severe and long-lasting. So let’s look at what cocaine does to your body, some potential side effects, and treatment for this substance use disorder. Cocaine is a serious drug with dangerous side effects and health risks. While its short-term

Benefits of Mental Health IOP

Mental health is a significant issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. While weekly counseling sessions in person or online may provide benefits to some people, they’re not effective for everyone. Your loved one may need more comprehensive care, the kind that’s available at an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Let’s introduce some of the main benefits of an IOP so you can determine if a structured and supportive treatment environment is suitable for your loved one.  Intensive Outpatient

How Alcohol Impacts Sleep

Sleep is essential to good health and well-being, but getting the rest you need can be difficult. If you’re struggling with insomnia, alcohol might seem like a quick fix. It has a long history of use as a sleep aid. However, studies have shown that alcohol may help you fall asleep faster but disrupts the quality of your sleep later on in the night. So how does alcohol impact sleep? Let’s take a look at some common questions about this

What Is Fentanyl?

If you have a family member using fentanyl, you might wonder what exactly it is. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent. It is typically prescribed for severe pain relief, but because of its high potency, it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. In this blog post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about fentanyl so that you can better understand what your loved one is going through.

What is Delta 8?

If you’ve never heard of Delta-8 THC, you’re not alone. This relatively new cannabinoid is gaining popularity for its unique psychoactive effects. But what exactly is Delta-8 THC, and how does it compare to other cannabinoids like Delta-9 THC and CBD? Keep reading to learn more about this intriguing compound. Delta-8 THC is one of more than 100 cannabinoids produced naturally by the cannabis plant. Users may turn to it for its perceived help with pain relief or anti-nausea, but

Alcohol-related Deaths

A study by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) covering alcohol-related deaths from 2015-2019 shows it’s the cause of one in five deaths among adults ages 20-49. In addition, the study’s findings show that one in eight deaths among adults 20-64 years old were linked to excessive alcohol use. Frequent binge drinking is one sign of an alcohol use disorder. The CDC estimates that one out of every six adults binge drinks, with a total of four drinks

Making Amends with Family

Making amends with family is an important part of the recovery process. In fact, two of the 12 Steps (8 and 9) are specifically about making amends. Unlike apologizing, making amends involves acknowledging the hurt, amending your behavior (demonstrating changes through action), and righting a wrong. Hurting the ones you love is a common result of behaviors related to addiction. Your past drinking or drug use has shaped your relationships with family members for years now, and just starting recovery

An Examination of the Efficacy of Brainspotting

John Dyben, DHSc | Chief Clinical Officer, Origins Behavioral HealthCare A downloadable PDF of the white paper is available here. A Preliminary Examination of the Efficacy of Brainspotting with Patients in Residential Treatment for Substance Use Disorders and Co-occurring Trauma Related Disorders Trauma and Substance Use Disorders The scientific and treatment community has long known that there is a correlation between trauma and substance use disorders (SUD) with a comingling pathology wherein each complicates the other in a synergy of distress

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