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Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription medications are used daily by millions of Americans to treat conditions ranging from anxiety to pain management. There are several classifications of prescription medications, many of which have a high risk for misuse, dependency, and addiction. Opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants are the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Studies on prescription drug…

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Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Cravings

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is an evidence-based approach to treatment that remains misunderstood. Many traditional or step-based programs believe that using medications as part of addiction treatment is like trading one addiction for another. While it is true that these medications can have the potential for abuse, when used properly, they are highly…

man struggles with signs of opioid overdose

Signs of Opioid Overdose

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that can cause significant medical, mental, social, and economic impairments. Opioids are a class of drugs that affect the central nervous system by blocking pain and creating feelings of intense pleasure. The most immediate danger from opioid use is the very high risk for overdose. Many mistakenly believe that…

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PTSD and Addiction

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic mental health disorder that can occur after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD impacts millions of people every year and can affect people of any age. Since every individual is different, not everyone who experiences the same trauma will develop PTSD. It is normal to…

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Finding Inpatient Rehab Near Los Angeles

California has one of the highest concentrations of substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States, most of which are in Los Angeles and its surrounding neighborhoods. Many of the inpatient rehab facilities in Los Angeles are luxury rehab centers that cater to the wealthy, famous, and business elite. However, Los Angeles is also home…

woman struggles with symptoms of meth addiction

Symptoms of Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine is derived from amphetamine, a potent central nervous system stimulator. Amphetamines are commonly prescribed to treat medical conditions, including ADHD, narcolepsy, and clinical obesity. When used properly, these medications are highly effective. Methamphetamine, referred to as meth, crystal meth, crystal, and crank, is illegally produced in meth labs and sold as a recreational drug.…

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Benefits of Withdrawing in a Detox Center

For many who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, the desire to quit can be overshadowed by the fear of the withdrawal symptoms of detox. Attempts to detox at home frequently fail because of the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, making people want to give up trying to be sober altogether. At Westwind Recovery®, we understand…