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The Potential Side Effects of Methadone

Methadone is an opioid medication used to treat chronic pain. It has also been used in the treatment of opioid addiction since the 1950s. Methadone may be given during drug detox to lessen painful withdrawal symptoms or prescribed as part of an opioid treatment program. When methadone is used as a long-term maintenance medication for opioid use disorder, it is known as opioid replacement therapy or methadone maintenance treatment (MMT).  

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The 5 Most Common Drug Interactions

Many people don’t realize that several common over-the-counter medications and prescriptions can negatively interact with alcohol or other street drugs they may be using. If you aren’t careful about recreational or prescription drug use, you can experience potentially dangerous drug interactions. Pharmacists and doctors attempt to control unwanted drug combinations by carefully monitoring each patient’s prescriptions. However, if you’re using illegal substances, you may not be aware of the potential

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Five Steps to Getting Clean and Sober

When alcohol or drugs have been the top priority in your life for any length of time, it can be so hard to look beyond your addiction and find some small piece of your real self to grab onto–some little bit of who you really are that reminds you that your addiction is not ALL of you; it’s just a small part of your journey. Even when an addict or

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The Mask of High-Functioning Alcoholism: Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

A high-functioning alcoholic is an individual who maintains their daily responsibilities and appears successful while struggling with alcohol addiction behind closed doors. They often manage to keep their alcoholism hidden underneath their seeming successes, making it challenging for friends, family, and even themselves to recognize the severity of their problem.1 Although it’s harder to recognize the signs of alcoholism in someone who is high-functioning, there are still some tell-tale things

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Is Trazodone Addictive?

Trazodone misuse can lead to a host of side effects, including life-threatening medical complications and overdose. Here’s what you should know about the drug itself and its risk for dependency.  What Is Trazodone? Trazodone is a prescription antidepressant medication used primarily in the treatment of major depressive disorder and anxiety. It is also considered a safe and effective off-label treatment for insomnia, although there is little research on the long-term

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Exploring the Connection Between Bipolar and Addiction

Bipolar disorder and substance use disorders are two serious mental health conditions. Living with one or the other is difficult, but experiencing both can cause considerable struggles. What is the connection between bipolar and addiction, and how can you find help if you’re struggling with these co-occurring disorders? What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts. It affects


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