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What to Know About Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

What to Know About Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) can happen to anyone transitioning into recovery. One of the most dangerous things about this syndrome is that individuals affected by it have an inclination to relapse. This is because a fair amount of symptoms tend to be difficult for people to overcome, especially in high-stress situations. And people in high-stress situations generally fall back to previously reliable coping mechanisms like substance use. But what exactly is PAWS and what are these relapse-inducing symptoms? Let’s explore the term.

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A Closer Look at Ketamine and Addiction
Drug Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

Ketamine and Addiction: A Closer Look

In 2019 Ketamine was approved for use in the treatment of depression despite its high rate of addiction. Despite its bad reputation, it’s a useful drug for treatment-resistant individuals when monitored carefully.

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What Are Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants?
Detox
Rhiannon McKinnon

What Are Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants?

Central Nervous System Depressants encompass a wide variety of medications from simple sleep aids and anxiety medications to cancer treatments. You may even be surprised by how familiar you are with some of the listed medications, despite being less than familiar with the term CNS Depressants. It’s important to understand how these drugs affect the body and the dangers of prolonged use and abuse. So let’s discuss some definitions, name-brand examples, and warning signs of dependency/addiction.

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The Timeline of Withdrawal for the Top 5 Most Addictive Substances
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

The Timeline of Withdrawal for the Top 5 Most Addictive Substances

Withdrawal varies from substance to substance and even from person to person. An individual may face severe symptoms if they have been abusing alcohol for most of their life. Or a person facing the beginnings of addiction with their opioid prescription may experience very mild withdrawal symptoms. That being said, there is no universal withdrawal timeline, so we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 most addictive substances to explore their individual withdrawal timelines and symptoms.

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prozac withdrawal
Alcohol Addiction
Shehan Karunaratne

How Frustration in Relationship Causes Addiction

Mental health and addictions go hand in hand. Mental health issues like frustration, anger, depression, etc., turn an individual towards drugs and give them a false sense of hope and relief. Frustration in relationships is growing up to be the primary cause of drug abuse, among people aged 30 and above.

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Lonely man drinking after addiction transference.
Alcohol Addiction
Shehan Karunaratne

How to Avoid Addiction Transference & Save Yourself

Addiction transference is a condition when a person addicted to one particular drug gets addicted to another, while recovering from the previous drug. It is also called cross-addiction and it is a much more serious problem than being addicted to one drug.

The reasons for this multiple addiction condition are many. Sometimes, people tend to shift to another drug without the knowledge of addiction to it. Sometimes, they find the other drug to give them the same euphoric high as their previous drug. Whatever the reason may be, this condition is not good for one’s health and they should get treated immediately.

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Can You Die From Withdrawal Symptoms - Briarwood Detox Programs
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

Can You Die From Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawals are a difficult but necessary step in any recovery journey. Symptoms can be scary and traumatic, leaving many to wonder if halting their substance use can lead to death. That’s why it’s important to learn how to categorize the different types of withdrawals and identify the dangers.

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happy couple after they detoxed from alcohol
Alcohol Addiction
Shehan Karunaratne

Why Intervention is Important To Start Addiction Treatment

Intervention is a series of steps you take when you find out your friend or loved one is addicted to a drug and can’t seem to get out of that habit. It is a carefully planned process, where you explain the person with addiction, about their condition and present your solution to their addiction problem.

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8 stages of addiction substance abuse
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

The 8 Stages of Addiction—Know the Signs

The stages of addiction are a gradual progression that effects over 20 million Americans annually. That may be a staggering number to hear but considering the amount of people with undiagnosed substance abuse disorders, the number should likely be even higher. These 8 stages can help you identify the signs of addiction in yourself or a loved one.

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