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Recognizing Crack Cocaine Use

Drug addiction is a severe problem that affects millions of people around the world. One of the most common drugs abused is cocaine, which comes in different forms, including crack cocaine. While both cocaine and crack cocaine are derived from the same plant, there are significant differences between them that can affect their potency, effects […]

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The Connection Between Trauma and Substance Abuse

Trauma and substance abuse often go hand in hand. Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience, and it can cause a person to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Substance abuse, in turn, can also lead to trauma, creating a vicious cycle. When you explore the connection between trauma and substance

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time committed to elevating the conversation around mental health issues and dismantling the stigmas associated with them. It’s a period for spotlighting the significance of mental well-being and highlighting the support systems available for those in need. At The Right Step Hill Country, we recognize the critical importance

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What Is 2C-B?

There is a growing concern about the synthetic psychedelic compound called 2C-B. As more individuals fall prey to its deceptively colorful allure, it’s essential to shed light on what 2C-B is, its potential effects, and its hazards. Addiction treatment programs like those at The Right Step Hill Country are available to provide support, care, and

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What Is Cocaine Jaw?

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that can trigger various physical and psychological side effects in the body. Cocaine jaw is a side effect that can make it challenging to continue using the drug. If you are wondering, “What is cocaine jaw?” It’s a condition also known as bruxism, characterized by teeth clenching and grinding,

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Staying Sober on Valentine’s Day

It’s normal to have mixed emotions around Valentine’s Day. This holiday can create pressure and unrealistic expectations, whether you’re single or in a relationship. Many people find a romance-based holiday brings an onslaught of negative emotions, like sadness, loneliness, fear, or regret. If you’re struggling with a substance use disorder or you’re new to recovery—and

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Top 7 Do’s and Don’ts of Addiction Recovery

Breaking an addiction and beginning a recovery journey often feels isolating, confusing, and intimidating. There are many things to work on and improve while navigating a sea of triggers and new relationships. However, there are a few things that everyone struggling with an addiction can keep in mind when beginning their recovery journey. Addiction recovery

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Get Moving! Does Physical Exercise Help Depression and Addiction?

Today, we are going to discuss how exercise help depression and addiction. But before we get into all of that, did you ever participate in a talent show as a kid?  Maybe you danced. Maybe you performed magic tricks. Maybe—like me—you wowed the crowd with your lip-sync skills. (If only everyone could be so cool). 

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Importance of Exercise and Alcohol Recovery

Researchers are interested in and are beginning to understand why physical activity is associated with addiction recovery. In the broadest terms, we know that exercise is good for our bodies and that our brains are part of those bodies. So it makes sense that exercise would positively affect a brain condition like addiction. Whatever the

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