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brain MRI for alcohol-induced dementia
Alcohol Addiction
Shehan Karunaratne

Alcohol-Induced Dementia: Can Alcohol Abuse Cause Memory Loss?

If someone has regularly abused alcohol for years, they may be more likely to develop dementia. The severity of alcohol-induced dementia can vary from person to person, but learning about the risk factors, causes, and treatment outlook for both dementia and alcohol use disorder can help you understand the importance of getting treatment.

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what is hybrid weed
Detox
Shehan Karunaratne

What is Hybrid Weed? Risks, Side Effects, and Addiction

Although more people are becoming physically dependent on marijuana, few have a solid understanding of what it is they’re actually putting into their bodies. Marijuana comes in two different types and hybrid weed (a mixture of the two) is becoming more common. Since each type of marijuana has different side effects and risks, it’s important to understand the differences.

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codeine withdrawal and detox
Detox
Shehan Karunaratne

Codeine Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, and Detoxing Safely

Prescription drugs like codeine carry the risk of dependence and addiction. Once you’re addicted to codeine, it can be hard to kick the habit. Withdrawal is rarely deadly, but it’s still uncomfortable and getting through it on your own can be difficult. If you or a loved one is addicted to codeine, medical detox is the safest and most comfortable way to get sober and start fresh.

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Molly tablets
Detox
Shehan Karunaratne

How Long Does Molly Stay In Your System?

Ecstasy or MDMA (also known as Molly) is a synthetic hallucinogen that acts as both a stimulant and a psychedelic. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), when you use it, it makes you feel more energetic, distorts time and perception, and enhances your enjoyment of touch. Ecstasy can be pills or powder and has a variety of logos and colors. People who use it usually swallow, crush, or snort it.

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what to expect during heroin addiction recovery
After Detox
Shehan Karunaratne

What to Expect During Heroin Addiction Recovery

Due to the symptoms of withdrawal and heroin’s highly addictive nature, individuals typically have the best chance at a successful heroin addiction recovery when they seek help from a treatment center. But what does that recovery look like and what can you expect during detox, withdrawal, and rehab? 

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crack vs meth
Detox
Shehan Karunaratne

Crack vs. Meth: What’s the Difference?

Crack and meth are both highly addictive stimulants that can cause serious bodily harm, psychological damage, and substance use disorders. However, the main difference between the two drugs is that methamphetamine is a manmade drug while crack is derived from a plant. Additionally, the immediate side effects of meth can last up to several hours longer than crack.

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functional alcoholic
Alcohol Addiction
Shehan Karunaratne

Am I a Functional Alcoholic?

Someone who is a functional alcoholic may not always show the classic signs that they’re struggling with alcohol use disorder. For example, they might not show up blatantly drunk to family events. Or, they may not be physically or verbally abusive toward loved ones or friends when they drink. They may not even appear to drink as much as they do, making it difficult to even identify whether their drinking is an issue or not.

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how to work step 12
After Detox
Shehan Karunaratne

How to Work Step 12: 12 Step Program Tips & Worksheets

The last step of the 12-Step Program asks you to take the message to others in recovery and live out the principles of the program in your everyday life. This sounds like a weighty task, but let’s delve into the final step to take a look at why it’s important and how you can start doing it today.

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enabling a loved one's addiction
Drug Addiction
Shehan Karunaratne

How to Stop Enabling a Loved One’s Addiction

If your loved one is struggling with addiction, you may be enabling their behavior. It’s important to know the difference between enabling and helping. Although you may feel like you’re helping, you may actually be enabling, which will only fuel your loved one’s addiction further. Instead, it’s helpful to focus on changing your own behavior instead of theirs, since you cannot force a loved one to stop drinking or using drugs.

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