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3 Ways an Alcohol Detox Center Aids in Addiction Recovery

Alcohol addiction occurs in every part of the globe. Over 100 million people worldwide suffer from this chronic disease, and of those over 18 in the U.S., 15+ million people addicted to alcohol is a conservative estimate. Alcohol is a readily available substance that can be used in moderation by many. However, when certain risk…

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What Is a Medical Detox Center?

Detox is the body’s process of ridding itself of the toxins that have built up due to addiction to drugs or alcohol. Detoxing triggers withdrawal symptoms in those with substance use disorders. Detox center programs offer medically supervised detox, during which health professionals monitor individuals with addiction. Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC) offers professional…

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5 Signs Your Teen Needs Marijuana Treatment

Marijuana abuse often flies under the radar because many states are legalizing it. In addition, it may have legitimate medical uses and does not kill people. However, marijuana is a drug and can lead to physical and mental health consequences, and about 9% of users will develop an addiction to it. Those risks increase among…

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How Heroin Addiction Treatment Helps Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Heroin and other opiates have been around for a long time. Still, it was with the introduction of Oxycontin and other synthetic opioids in the late 1990s when the opioid epidemic took off. Pharmaceutical manufacturers were less than transparent about the addictiveness of these substances, and as a result, doctors confidently prescribed them to patients…

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Why Cocaine Addiction Treatment Is Still Crucial

Cocaine has been around since the mid-19th century when it was first discovered to have stimulant properties. Cocaine comes from the coca plant. Experts initially perceived its use as harmless and included in numerous over-the-counter remedies, such as a treatment for cholera and, ironically, for combat morphine addiction. Famously, until 1903, every bottle of Coca-Cola…

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4 Benefits of a Teen Therapist

When addiction strikes during adolescence, the risks of severe or long-term health consequences increase. Many teens in the United States self-report binge drinking and marijuana use. Furthermore, most adolescents with substance use disorders also meet the criteria for a psychiatric disorder. These co-occurring disorders make it essential to seek mental health intervention by professionals who…

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5 Signs of Co-Occurring Disorders in Teens

Our teen dual diagnosis treatment program in Pennsylvania addresses addiction in teens when it co-occurs with mental health conditions. This coordinated approach to addiction treatment for young people who also have an underlying mental health issue is the best and most effective way to help teens find lasting recovery and wellness. Pennsylvania Adult & Teen…

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5 Causes of Alcohol Addiction in Teens

The teen years are unique among the life stages in that more changes occur, physically, mentally, emotionally, during these few years than at any other time. The turbulence that such rapid changes can create, combined with the fact that adolescent brains are still developing until into the mid-twenties, makes it challenging for both kids and…