Purple Drank

Purple Drank: What is in Lean?

Codeine has been widely misused for decades. When used as directed, codeine is a highly effective pain-relieving medication. When misused or abused, it can create a “high” sought by many who struggle with an addiction to prescription opioids. Codeine is the main ingredient in lean, making it a new and popular pop culture drink. For…

What You Didn’t Know Roxicodone Can Do to You: 3 Warnings

What You Didn’t Know Roxicodone Can Do to You: 3 Warnings

Opioid drugs (whether synthetic, semi-synthetic, or natural) are used for various needs, including treating chronic pain conditions, post-surgical pain, and several other disorders. Members of the medical community have prescribed opioid pain relievers for years, in ever-increasing numbers, believing newer medications they were prescribing were less addictive than those that came before. Unfortunately, this proved…

The Effect, Side Effects, and Dangers of Suboxone

The Effect, Side Effects, and Dangers of Suboxone

In recent years, suboxone has become a popular go-to treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction. An addiction to opioids can develop for various reasons. For some, it arises out of treatment for chronic or acute pain. Prescription opioids are frequently used to treat chronic pain (from injury or an underlying medical condition) or as…

Psychological Dependence & Addiction-Two Sides of the Same Coin

The terms addiction, chemical dependence, and psychological dependence are often used interchangeably. In reality, addiction and psychological dependence are quite similar. Psychological dependence describes the psychological (or emotional) components of substance use disorder. These elements include cravings or behaviors that occur around the perceived need to use a substance. Psychological dependence is also sometimes referred…

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Family Therapy and Addiction Recovery

At one time, addiction was considered a voluntary ailment. It was believed that when someone struggled with a substance abuse problem that it was their chosen course. They wanted to drink or do drugs. Fortunately, time has altered these ill-founded beliefs. Today, the medical community views addiction as a chronic, debilitating disease that sometimes irreversibly…

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How Fear Fuels Addiction

Across the United States, countless families have tried as best they can to help a friend or addicted loved one get the necessary treatment they need to recover. Often those efforts are ignored or turned down for reasons nobody can understand. Unfortunately, those struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol are often unable to…

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Fighting The Stigma of Addiction

Even though it is 2020, the concerns and fears around stigma related to addiction remain alive and well throughout the United States. The concept of stigma describes the powerful negative thoughts that affect how an individual is viewed when they struggle with a substance abuse disorder or addiction. Stigma has the potential to adversely affect…

Addiction Treatment in a Crisis

If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, the concept of crisis, whether personal or professional, is likely all too familiar. There is an unfortunate yet common relationship between those who abuse drugs or alcohol and those who have emergencies in their lives. These emergencies can take on a variety of forms ranging from…