Archive for December 2019

What Is Opioid Addiction?

Many people ask the question, “what is opioid addiction?”. According to the National Institutes of Health, addiction to opioids is a long-lasting and chronic disease that can result major health, social, and financial problems for those afflicted. Derived from the opium poppy plant, opioids are a class of powerful drugs that act in the nervous…

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Medication Assisted Treatment – What Is It?

Many people ask, is there Medication Assisted Treatment near me (MAT for short) and what is it? Medication Assisted Treatment is an important medical approach that is used in opioid treatment programs throughout the United States. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines MAT as the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination…

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Addiction and the Holidays

Addiction and the holidays are tightly connected. For American families the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years is a stressful time for everyone. Many people struggle with all of the challenges that the season presents. From expensive gift giving to travel to dealing with difficult relatives and friends, many people find themselves just trying…

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Drugs in the Workplace – What Signs Should Employers Look For?

Whether employers know it or not, drugs in the workplace is a serious problem and addiction is present at almost every company and job site. It is estimated that over 70% of the 14 million Americans who use illegal drugs are employed. Study after study has shown that opioid and alcohol misuse and abuse by…

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