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When to Seek Treatment for Opioid Addiction

If you suspect that you or a loved one is addicted to an opioid, like prescription narcotics, or opiate, like heroin or morphine, it’s the right time to look into treatment. If you feel suspicious and worry about your drug use, you have already entered the stage of recovery called “contemplation.” You are no longer…

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3 Advantages of Opioid Detox Before Addiction Treatment

Opioid overdoses have doubled in the United States during the pandemic. People in isolation and struggling with job insecurity, loss of loved ones, and fear of illness are relapsing or doubling their substance use as a coping mechanism. Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge (PAATC) is here to help anyone who is ready to take the…

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Seeking Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl has been around for a while, but it’s in the news more and more as our opioid crisis worsens. This medication is a synthetic narcotic 50 to 100 times more potent than the opium derivative, morphine. Fentanyl is one of the most potent opioids in existence. A fentanyl overdose can easily result in death,…

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3 Advantages of Heroin Detox Before Addiction Treatment

Among younger Americans, heroin abuse has doubled in the last decade. The term “opioid crisis” barely conveys the seriousness of the emergency. Heroin addiction endangers more than 600,000 Americans, a number that does not take into account other opioid addictions. Approximately 15,000 die in this country every year from a heroin overdose. Heroin, one of…

teen beginning outpatient treatment

3 Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment for Teens

For teens struggling with substance misuse, dependence, and addiction, making a decision about rehab can be difficult. As with anyone who is ready to engage in rehab, teens’ families may be grateful for a less expensive, outpatient option. But there are other excellent reasons to consider an outpatient program for your adolescent. If you are…

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What Can Happen If You Mix Alcohol with Depressants?

The consumption of alcohol is legal in the United States over the age of 21. Unfortunately, this intoxicating substance is also very commonly abused, creating a dangerous cocktail when combined with other prescribed, over-the-counter, or illegal drugs. Alcohol has the effect of compounding other substances’ side effects, which increases the risk of alcohol poisoning, overdose,…