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Dangers of Study Drugs

The summer break for a college student can be a critical time for a parent who suspects their son or daughter may be misusing drugs while away at school. However, before they head back to campus for the fall semester, you can learn about the risk of “study drugs” and look for signs and side effects of drug use. Let’s look at ways to determine if your college student needs help with a study drug problem. College students may turn

Drug Overdose and COVID-19: The Perfect Storm

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the number of drug overdoses also continues to rise. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), overdose rates are increasing faster during this pandemic than at any other time in recent history. This is a major concern, as we already have an opioid crisis in this country. As a result, the need for substance use disorder treatment is more urgent than ever. In this blog post, we will discuss the link between the

Signs You’re Enabling Your Loved One

If you have a loved one with a substance use disorder, it can be difficult to know when you are enabling them. Many people enable their loved ones without even realizing it. Enabling is anything that allows your loved one to continue using drugs or alcohol. It can be challenging to break the cycle of enabling, but it is important to do so if you want your loved one to get help. In this blog post, we will discuss the

What is a Residential Treatment Center? 5 Things to…

When researching how to manage a substance use disorder (SUD) you’ve probably wondered, “What is a residential treatment center?” at some point. Without knowing what inpatient treatment means, you might miss considering it as a potential option for your alcohol or drug use. To help you make a more informed decision, let’s look at what’s offered at a residential treatment center and five things you should know before going to one. A residential treatment center is designed to have a

Fast Facts About Fentanyl

Opioid medications are the most potent painkillers available to doctors. They act on opioid receptors, which are found throughout the body and brain to reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain. There are three broad classes of opioid analgesic drugs: Natural opiates (such as morphine) Semi-synthetic opioids (such as hydromorphone) Fully synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl) Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid analgesic similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more powerful. It has legitimate medical

Is Marijuana Addictive? Everything You Need to Know

The growth of legal marijuana use in parts of the U.S. may suggest it remains a harmless drug. Those who use a medicinal version of it speak of the benefits to their health and well-being, perhaps adding to the notion that it’s completely safe. Let’s examine what can make its use problematic and how to recognize when marijuana addiction has already begun. Marijuana, also called weed, can be addictive for users, whether consumed by smoking or through consuming it in

Smoking and Recovery from Addiction: Why They Don’t Go…

If you’ve been to a recovery fellowship, it’s likely you’ve seen people gather together on a smoke break. Even non-smokers may join just for social time. In light of treatment for alcohol or drug use, cigarettes may seem to be no real threat in comparison. The truth is, smoking can actually interfere with recovery work. Today, let’s take a look at what makes “lighting up” an extra problem for a person with a substance use disorder. Smoking has long been

Is Ecstasy Addictive?

Ecstasy is one of many party drugs your teen or college-age child may be exposed to on occasion. You may discover your son or daughter has even tried ecstasy more than once. How has it affected them and is it addictive may be two of the first questions you have at that point. We’ll answer those questions below, share some warning signs of heavy ecstasy use, and introduce some treatment options. Ecstasy is one name for a psychoactive drug that


DALLAS, TEXAS (November 30, 2021) – Origins Behavioral HealthCare announces the release of its second retrospective outcomes study. Conducted with four years worth of alumni input, it reveals that Origins’ treatment model, across all programs, is extremely effective in helping people recover from substance use disorders. Origins partnered with the OMNI Institute, a nonprofit social science consultancy, which provided consultation and external oversight to the design, implementation, and reporting of results. OMNI Institute previously worked with the National Association of

Pregnancy and Addiction

Becoming pregnant while living with a substance use disorder creates a different kind of urgency for treatment. Expectant mothers and their unborn babies both face numerous risks when drug or alcohol use continues. Let’s look at some of the most significant risks and identify the unique needs of pregnant women with SUDs. Drinking or drug use during pregnancy can lead to serious health risks for both expectant mother and child. The risks can even include such serious harm to brain

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