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Our recovery blog is a comprehensive resource for people seeking help with substance use disorders, a helpful guide for common issues people in recovery face, evidence-based information for clinicians looking to find out more about medical detox, and for families and partners wanting to support their loved one achieve long-term recovery. We cover topics ranging from the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder, medical detox, the risks of home detox, how to pick a medical detox, how to identify if your loved one has a problem, what to expect from an inpatient medical detox, relapse prevention strategies, and critical steps for successful recovery.

Why Is it Dangerous to Mix Benzodiazepines and Opioids?

Benzodiazepines and opioids are two powerful drugs that are often misused. In fact, they are often used simultaneously, which increases the chance of experiencing life-threatening side effects and even death. It is highly dangerous to mix benzodiazepines and opioids because a user will experience an amplified sensation from both drugs combined. A study done in […]

What are M 30’s?

M 30’s is another name for Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30 mg. It is an opioid and comes as a light blue pill and is marked with an “M” on the front and the number 30 on the back. A prescription must be obtained to get M 30’s. This drug is commonly abused and can be laced […]

What Are the Dangers of Using Codeine?

Codeine is an opioid that is used to treat moderate to severe pain or coughing. It can come as a tablet, a capsule, or in liquid form and is to be taken orally, generally every four to six hours. A prescription must be acquired to obtain it. Like all opioids, it can be habit-forming, so […]

The Danger of Mixing Heroin and Meth

Heroin and meth are two very powerful and highly addictive drugs. They each present two very different effects on the brain and body. Thus, using them in conjunction is highly dangerous and can even lead to life-threatening consequences. Taking heroin and meth simultaneously, even just one time, increases the risk of addiction, overdose, and even […]

What are Moon Rocks?

Moon Rocks is a slang term for the drug methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), otherwise known as Molly. It is a crystallized form of MDMA that is a popular party drug often used at concerts or raves. It has hallucinogenic properties and affects the brain by giving the user an increased sense of energy and elation. It is […]

The Dangers of Using Luminal

Luminal is another name for the drug phenobarbital that slows activity in the brain. It is in the class of medications known as barbiturates. Luminal is primarily utilized to control seizures and, in some cases, to treat anxiety. If an individual is dealing with withdrawal effects due to dependence upon a different type of barbiturate, […]

Overcoming Fear When a Loved One Enters Detox

If someone close to you is entering detox for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself overcome with intense, sometimes conflicting emotions. Your desire to help see them through this difficult time may be tempered by a fear of conflicting values or opposite ideas about how intensive a recovery they may need. […]

Why Are People Using Benzodiazepines More?

Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are a relatively common class of drugs that have seen a steady increase in use over the years. Unfortunately, as use has gone up, misuse of this drug has gone up as well. In fact, a study conducted in 2019 found that 16% of overdose deaths that involved opioids were in conjunction […]

The Rise of Xanax Use

Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, is a benzodiazepine or benzo. Benzos are a class of powerful drugs prescribed to treat anxiety, panic, and other physical and psychiatric conditions. It has also seen a dramatic increase in recreational use over the past two decades and a corresponding spike in overdose rates. Xanax bears the black box […]

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