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The Top Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

Many people resort to using synthetic drugs for recreational use, which can lead to addictions and dependency. Synthetic drugs are created in labs and can have a unique effect on the brain and behavior. If you or someone you know is using synthetic drugs, it’s important to know the signs and the dangers of synthetic…

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Dealing with PTSD Triggers

Whether you participated in combat or are a victim of abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder can develop in individuals who have experienced some form of trauma in the past. Unfortunately, the effects of PTSD can impact each area of your life and make it difficult to remain emotionally and mentally sound. At The Willows at Red…

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How to Help Your Mental Health for World Mental Health Day

Every year, on October 10, World Mental Health Day helps bring awareness to mental illnesses and helps people recognize warning signs in themselves and in others. Mental illnesses affect 1 in 5 Americans every year, and there is no shame in having one. Admitting you are having trouble is the first step to recovery. What…

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What Is the Definition of a Gateway Drug?

The definition of a gateway drug doesn’t change. However, the substances that experts consider to be gateway drugs are up for debate. Most importantly, though, people need to understand the definition. Understanding the term “gateway drug” can help them make up their own minds about which substances fall in that category. A gateway drug could…

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Codeine Addiction Treatment

When it comes to controlling a cough, nothing works like prescription cough syrup. However, it also numbs pain thanks to the codeine that the medication contains. Although codeine is effective, it can also lead to addiction. Once addiction sets in, people have little choice but to seek codeine addiction treatment at a center that provides…

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Fentanyl Side Effects

Like any other medication, fentanyl comes with side effects. Not all of these side effects are lethal. However, they can cause health problems over time. You should tell your doctor about any fentanyl side effects that you experience to learn if you need a fentanyl addiction treatment program for women in Asheville NC. Common Fentanyl Side…

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Life Skills Training

Life skills training encompasses a broad spectrum of activities and therapy that helps you function in the real world. By working with a therapist or participating in a project, you can learn skills that improve your relationships, boost your work performance, or help you cope with your addiction. Life skills are an essential part of…

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The Benefits of Animal Therapy

Interacting with animals comes with several benefits for humans. Studies have demonstrated that animals reduce the body’s stress response, leading to reduced blood pressure and anxiety. Conventional therapy combined with an animal assisted therapy program, is very effective in substance abuse treatment. The animal therapy benefits include improving mindfulness, greater self-confidence and a stronger bond between…