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How Long Do Heroin Withdrawals Last?

There are receptors in the brain that interact with the body’s endogenous opioids. These are naturally produced and help your body control pain and balance moods. Some people turn to heroin to ramp up their pain tolerance or to get high. When they do, the brain stops being able to produce natural opioids and other…

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5 Benefits of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of the most effective treatments in addiction rehab. An off-shoot of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), DBT was originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorders, as it is highly effective for emotional regulation. Since then, its use has been expanded to treat a range of mental health disorders and…

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5 Reasons to Go to an Opioid Detox Center

Fear of withdrawal makes many people with an opioid use disorder hesitate to enter rehab for opioid addiction. Removing all traces of a powerful drug from the body is no easy thing. However, medically supervised opioid addiction detox can ease withdrawal’s physical, mental, and psychological challenges. If you seek an opioid detox center in Pennsylvania,…

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Sober Spring Break

Spring break. Almost by definition, this post-winter time off is an opportunity to let loose and celebrate. Many usually think of college kids convening on Florida beach towns or Colorado ski resorts to celebrate being outside, unscheduled, and free. Another common image conjured by the words spring break is one of alcohol consumption and drug…

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5 Benefits of Meth Addiction Treatment

The United States saw the steepest spike in drug overdose deaths to date during the pandemic. Meth overdoses have increased at a rate even higher than some other highly addictive, dangerous drugs available on the street. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II synthetic stimulant that can be manufactured in kitchen labs out of commonly available ingredients.…

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How Does Alcohol Affect Brain Development?

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unchecked alcohol consumption contributes to almost 90,000 deaths in the U.S. each year? More than 4,000 of those alcohol-related deaths are young, underage people. In fact, alcohol is the most commonly misused addictive substance among teens and young adults in America.…

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Why Is Alcohol Screening Important?

How do professionals decide if a patient should consider getting admitted into an alcohol addiction treatment program? An alcohol screening test helps determine if someone is struggling with an alcohol use disorder. An emergency room can use a short alcohol screening test that makes a determination based on the first question. A mental health professional…

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The Importance of Alcohol Awareness Month

Overcoming addiction requires eliminating not only the physical dependence on the addictive substance but also addressing behavioral and psychological issues that have developed along with the substance use disorder. Simply quitting cold turkey at home isn’t enough to do the latter. Changing the way you behave, feel, and think is much easier with professional help…

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Why Choose a Pennsylvania Rehab Center?

When it’s time to enroll in addiction treatment, what next? The hardest part is taking that step to accept that you need help. But the next step – finding an outpatient or inpatient addiction treatment facility that resonates with you – seems almost as hard. If you live in Pennsylvania and are interested in Pennsylvania…