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Using Opioids During Pregnancy is Dramatically Increasing in Prevalence

Opioids are physically, mentally, and psychologically damaging to the user. Problematically, as opioid use and addiction are steadily increasing, the use of opioids during pregnancy is also on the rise. Unfortunately, the use of these harmful drugs can result in a drug withdrawal syndrome in newborns known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or Neonatal Opioid…

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The Stages of Treatment

During treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol, there are stages characterized by the early, middle, and late stages. Since addiction is an individualistic experience, each stage differs due to the condition of the person suffering from substance use disorder (SUD), the therapeutic strategies that are effective for them, and the characteristics of guidance from…

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How Alcohol Affects the Body

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, excessive drinking can severely impact health in a multitude of ways. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, alcoholic beverages are human carcinogens or substances that can cause cancer in living tissue. From the brain to the liver, to the immune…

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Mindfulness May Reduce Opioid Cravings

Mindfulness is the reflective practice of concentrating on the present moment and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, with no judgment. According to a study recently published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information, mindfulness may help people suffering from addiction to opioids. Furthermore, it may lead to less pain and fewer cravings for…