Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawal

Years ago, I was involved in a car accident that left me with some injuries that continued to linger. Eventually, I was prescribed painkillers to combat the pain. I was physically hurting — every single day. I needed something for relief, and the painkillers I’d been prescribed just weren’t getting the job done anymore. I remember talking …

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Heroin Overdose

Heroin Overdose

If someone is showing signs of a heroin overdose, call 911 immediately. For more than 20 years, the opioid epidemic has wreaked havoc across the United States. California is no stranger to the issue. In 2020, there were 16,537 emergency department visits related to opioid overdose, according to the California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard. There were …

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Meth Withdrawals

What Does Meth Withdrawal Look Like? Here in California, meth is still a serious problem. Between 2008 and 2018, meth-related heart failure hospitalizations rose 585%, highlighting the need for more treatment options and care. While many people have heard of meth, it’s safe to assume most are only familiar with depictions of it in movies, …

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Signs of Heroin Addiction

My name is Tony. I’m in my parents’ room. They’re away on vacation. I have to take care of our family dog while they are gone. My parents didn’t take me with them on vacation because they said they were done helping me waste time at bars. So here I am. Little do my parents …

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Signs of Cocaine Addiction

Exploring the Signs of Cocaine Addiction “Mark … when are you coming home?” my mom asked. I don’t want to visit home. I also don’t want to stay here … I am stuck. I don’t feel like I can share with my mom how much I’ve really been struggling and how alone I feel. To …

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Cocaine Overdose

Cocaine Overdose: The Risk Is Real If someone is showing signs of a cocaine overdose, call 911 immediately. The word “overdose” creates a scary image for those struggling with addiction and for their loved ones. The thought of overdosing ourselves or finding a loved one in an overdosed state is terrifying. If you or your …

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Cocaine Nose

What Is Cocaine Nose? Most people understand just how addictive cocaine can be. But it can also cause a variety of health problems in both the short term and the long term. If you’re not familiar with cocaine, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says, “Cocaine is a white powder. It can be snorted up …

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Alcohol Detection Time

Your Questions Answered: How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System? The intoxicating effects of alcohol don’t just pop up out of nowhere. Alcohol has to be processed by the human body. If you start to feel the effects of alcohol while drinking, it’s because your body can’t keep up with processing the amount of …

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Side Effects of Alcoholism

7 Side Effects of Alcoholism You Should Know About Drinking is as American as fireworks on the Fourth of July. Think about it. We‘ll even use the Fourth of July as an example, or any party for that matter. What’s the most common drink you see in the hands of those around you? Probably a …

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Dangers of Binge Drinking

When the Party’s Over: The Dangers of Binge Drinking If you believe someone has alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately. It’s no secret our country has a drinking problem. Seriously. Think about it. Even at a young age, for most of us, alcohol seemed to be everywhere. It was referenced in the movies we watched, the …

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