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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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Chronic Pain and Addiction

Although everyone feels pain, it is a subjective experience, meaning that individual characteristics influence how it is perceived. Acute pain is a sudden or severe pain that diminishes as the body heals. Chronic pain is persistent pain that lasts for months or even years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 20% of adults…

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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…

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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…

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Characteristics of a Successful Drug Rehab

Recognizing the need for treatment for a substance use disorder is the first step on the path to recovery. Equally important is finding the drug rehab center that is right for you or your loved one. There are over 14,500 licensed drug and alcohol rehab centers in the United States. It can be challenging to…

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5 Types of Alcoholics You Probably Know

An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Studies have identified five types of alcoholics as a way to help people develop a better understanding of the disease. Learn more about how alcohol addiction can present in different individuals, then…

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3 Reasons to Try Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an individualized approach to treating substance use disorders that utilizes a combination of counseling, behavior therapy, and FDA-approved medications. This combination of interventions helps address the physical, psychological, social, and emotional aspects of addiction that can be triggering. MAT is mainly used to help treat opioid addiction but can be effective…