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Posts by Erica

Should You Encourage Your Adult Child to Get Off Suboxone

If your adult child has been suffering from opioid abuse and is now on Suboxone, it is important to realize that they will need to eventually come off of the Suboxone, too. This transition into a completely drug-free lifestyle can be nerve wracking and intimidating, but with the right tools and resources, it can be…

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Is Adoption a Factor in Your Adult Child’s Addiction?

Many studies have proven the correlation between childhood physical and/or emotional trauma and developing an addiction later in life. This direct link has been a well-known fact in addiction research. The psychological signs of emotional abuse that an adopted individual shows can give insight to their causes of addiction in the future. According to the…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Helping a Loved One Abusing Barbiturates

Helping a loved one who is suffering from addiction takes a toll on the entire family. You want the best for your loved one, but the complexity of addiction may make it difficult for you to distinguish between what is helping and what is hurting them. In order to properly help your loved one, you…

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Parents: What to Consider Before Your Adult Child in Recovery Lives with You

Addiction doesn’t simply affect the addict themselves; the entire family becomes involved. You want the best for your child, especially while they are in the recovery stage of their addiction process. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 40 to 60 percent of those who have suffered from addiction will relapse in the…

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Heroin Statistics in America: A Decade of Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 24.6 million Americans (9.4% of the population) had used an illicit drug in the past month in 2013. One of these illicit drugs is heroin, which is defined as “an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the…

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Are Maintenance Drugs Robbing People of Their Sobriety

Maintenance Drugs Maintenance drugs are medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, suboxone, and other “less-addictive” drugs that serve as a replacement to the more addictive opioid drugs that addicted individuals are trying to detox from. For example, a person addicted to heroin may replace it with buprenorphine in order to “wean-off” of the heroin with less…

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Holidays in Recovery: How to Resist Temptation and Prevent Relapse

The holidays are a time for shopping, decorating, eating, and drinking? When the months become chilly and the families start to travel in, individuals who are in the recovery process may face many temptations that deviate them on their path to long-term sobriety. The relapse rates for addiction are staggering; according to the National Institute…

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Parents of Estranged Addicted Adult Children: Should You Try to Reconcile

The definition of estranged is “a person no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienated.” Families may be dealing with the emotionally painful experience of having an estranged child if the parents stopped communication for something the child has done, the child may have disconnected completely from his or her parents for a particular reason,…

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Can You Avoid Becoming Dope Sick When Quitting Heroin

Dope sick is a term used for the withdrawal symptoms individuals experience when they are quitting heroin. While other drugs can result in withdrawal symptoms, “dope sick” is usually referred to when talking about heroin withdrawal specifically. So, what is the best way to quit heroin and so that you don’t become dope sick? What…

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How Quickly Can Someone Develop Tolerance to Opiates

No matter if individuals buy opiate drugs off of the streets or the drugs were prescribed to them by a medical professional, opiates can result in serious problems for an individual’s physical and mental health. The main reason for this is because of opiates’ ability to form tolerances within their users. According to the National…

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