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Contracting Hepatitis C from Injection Drug Use

The furthest thing from your mind is health and wellness when you are actively using drugs. The physical appearance along with the internal health of someone in active addiction shows signs of neglect quickly. What if you are so desperate for…
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What are Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders?

It can be difficult for your doctor to diagnose co-occurring disorders and all the challenges you might face with this type of condition. Read on to learn more about co-occurring disorders and the kind of treatment that’s best for your recovery…
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5 Common Myths of Sobriety

“It’s too late for me.” People believe myths surrounding a lot of things, but myths about sobriety and recovery can be especially damaging. These myths unfortunately can lead people with a drug and alcohol problem to feel like there is…
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Complex PTSD and Substance Abuse

What is PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has increasingly made headlines since the beginning of the War on Terror in 2001. People have suffered from stress related to traumatic events since the dawn of time and symptoms have been…
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The Many Faces of Self-Medicating: Using Drugs to Self-Medicate a Problem

From the outside, drug choice and addiction can seem random and pointless. The start of one’s using, however, probably included a fairly rational choice regarding the substance of abuse. People’s choice in substance can often be understood…
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Common Health Problems Associated with Substance Abuse: Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a contagious disease; it can be contracted in several different ways, so scientists have broken it down into 5 subtitles: Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. In active addiction, many people over look the health risks that come with abusing…
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Common Health Problems Associated with Substance Abuse: Sharing Needles

When you started doing drugs with friends you swore you would never do anything like this. “Not the hard drugs,” “never use needles,” or “I can’t imagine sharing needles” were probably phrases that escaped your lips. No one wishes…
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Common Health Problems Associated with Substance Abuse: STDs

Human bodies are designed for self-sufficiency. It doesn’t need outside help to function unless it becomes damaged or sick. Substance abuse adds an element to this well-oiled machine that complicates its intricate system. These complications…