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What Happens in Substance Use Treatment?

My husband and I joke—but in that partially-truthful way—that we’ll watch Breaking Bad with our boys before they become teenagers in hopes of warding off any interest in drugs.  Jesse Pinkman’s character arc alone is enough to do the job.  But what about sobriety? Do movies, books and TV shows offer an honest portrayal of …

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Drugs and Teeth: Why Your Mouth Matters

Drugs and Oral Health: Looking at the Impact of Substance Abuse Bad teeth from drugs may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of substance abuse. It’s more important than many people realize, though, because poor dental health can contribute to poor overall health. When there are problems with your …

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“Is Drug Use Aging Me?” The Effects of Drug Use

You may be wondering, “Is Drug Use Aging Me?” When considering what causes accelerated aging, it’s important not to overlook drug use. At its most basic, aging is simply the process of getting older. Wisdom and perspective can come with age, but so does physical decline. As the days, weeks and years pass, our bodies …

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Is Your Partner a Functioning Alcoholic? 4 Helpful Tips

It’s not easy to realize and accept that alcohol abuse has become part of your partner’s life. Are they a functioning alcoholic? You may see it more quickly than your partner does. You may recognize that drinking is increasing in frequency and amount. Your partner may seem irritable or nervous when they haven’t had a …

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How Does Addiction Affect ADHD

How Does Addiction Affect ADHD?

Many people think of ADHD as a problem for little kids. But ADHD affects over 8% of all adults, with half of them developing severe impairment. Also, ADHD has a connection that may surprise you: an increased risk of addiction. People with ADHD are three times more likely than their peers to have addictions.   …

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The Impact of Combining Benzos and Alcohol

Benzodiazepines, which treat many types of conditions, primarily in the mental health category, have strict warnings to avoid taking them with alcohol. Combining benzos and alcohol can lead to many issues. These include overdosing, having too strong of an effect, and creating dependence on both substances. At The Right Step Hill Country, our dual diagnosis …

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Addiction and Physical Health Amid COVID-19

There are a lot of ways to protect yourself from viruses, bacteria, and other types of infection. With the current COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic spreading around the globe, it’s more important than ever to focus on increasing that level of protection. Among the options for doing that is breaking free of addiction and living a life that’s …

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What is THC?

If you’re going to ask the question “What is THC?” it’s best to ask the man who discovered it. In 1964 Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli organic chemist, isolated the active compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, from the Cannabis sativa plant. Now a professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mechoulam has been …

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Opioid Epidemic Statistics

Deaths and health problems from opioid addiction and overdose continue to climb each year in the United States. Opioid epidemic statistics include all genders, ages, ethnicities, and social demographics. Virtually no one is immune to the epidemic. As more people feel the effects of long-term opioid use, the need for quality opioid addiction treatment programs …

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4 Myths About Drugs and Alcohol That Lead to Addiction

When hearing myths about drugs, you should first ask yourself where the source of information is coming from. Can you rely on your friends more than an expert in drug research? Is a celebrity more reliable than a treatment specialist? Should your thoughts be governed by cultural acceptance or science-based facts? Understanding the truth about …

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