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PCP (Angel Dust) Facts: Dangers and Signs of Abuse
Detox
Rhiannon McKinnon

PCP (Angel Dust) Facts: Dangers and Signs of Abuse

In the early 1990s, PCP became popular among high school and college students as a party drug. It’s also known as angel dust, hog, ozone, and rocket fuel. PCP is a dissociative drug that induces hallucinations, distorted sensory experiences, and an altered state of consciousness. Because it’s so unpredictable and unsafe, PCP is illegal to buy, sell or possess. If you suspect someone you love is using PCP, read on to learn more about the dangers of using this drug so you can take action to help them get treatment sooner rather than later.

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Detox Admissions Process Walkthrough
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

Detox Admissions Process Walkthrough

Addiction treatment specialists at Briarwood are ready to guide and assist you through a simple admissions procedure and individualized detox treatment as soon as you are ready to begin. The following is a step-by-step guide on Briarwood’s tailored admissions process, so you can be prepared and know what to expect from the experience.

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How to Identify Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

How to Identify Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

How can you tell if someone is exhibiting signs of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)? Many people aren’t aware that addiction and substance use is a clinically diagnosable disease. However, the criteria may not fit perfectly into an individual’s unique and personal experience. Symptoms vary on a case-by-case basis, and an individual need not experience all symptoms to receive a diagnosis. In fact, the severity of Substance Use Disorder is scaled based on the number of symptoms an individual experiences. Let’s discuss this scale, symptoms, and the contributing factors of this serious disorder.

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The 3 Stages of Relapse and Preventative Steps You Can Take
Alcohol Addiction
Rhiannon McKinnon

The 3 Stages of Relapse and Preventative Steps You Can Take

Relapse has a lot of misconceptions and stigma. The truth is relapse isn’t the end and it isn’t a mark of failure. More importantly, it isn’t set in stone and it’s entirely preventable if you know what to look for. Relapse happens in three stages with clear characteristics and methods of prevention. Let’s discuss them.

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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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