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Why is Heroin So Addictive?

If you’ve been wondering why is heroin so addictive, we’ll break down the reasons today. Heroin is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from morphine found in the seed pods of opium poppies. This substance is then processed into partially refined morphine at the source. The resultant heroin is then trafficked worldwide. Street-level heroin comes in powdered…

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Guide to Opiates: Addiction, Withdrawal, and Treatment

Opiates are one of the most addictive substances available, and oftentimes, people fall into this form of addiction due to a legal prescription. That said, there are treatment options for people dealing with addiction, such as addiction rehab options as well as sober living homes. Before we jump into the effects and treatment options of…

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Women & Alcohol: Getting Help for an Alcoholic Woman

The relationship between women and alcohol is continuously evolving. While women once exhibited lower rates of alcoholism than men, research shows this pattern is changing. Studies show that both alcohol use and misuse among women are increasing. Now, while the heavy use of alcohol by anyone is concerning, there are gender-specific treatment programs and women’s…

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Faith-Based Recovery Programs

Recovering from alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder is a challenging journey for anyone, and today we’ll be examining the important role faith-based recovery programs can play for some. According to data from Pew Research Center, 77% of all adults in the US identify with some religious faith. Regardless of the religion in question,…

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Side Effects of Suboxone

Suboxone is a medication containing buprenorphine combined with naloxone in a single tablet. It is used for medication-assisted treatment for addiction. Buprenorphine has been successfully used to treat heroin addiction and it works by triggering the opiate receptors in your brain to reduce the intensity of cravings and withdrawal. Crucially, the medication achieves this without…

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When to Call Your AA Sponsor

When to Call Your AA Sponsor Knowing when to call your AA sponsor is sometimes difficult and confusing. We’ve put together the top 10 times you should call your sponsor. 1. If you find yourself stressed out by friends, family, work, school or in any situation (ex. during the holidays), you should pick up the…