woman suffers from the early signs of painkiller addiction

Early Signs of Painkiller Addiction

Prescription medications played a terrible role in driving the opioid epidemic in recent years. The country continues to battle prescription drug addictions. Most people may not realize those legally prescribed painkillers are far more addictive than many people knew before taking them for legitimate reasons. These powerful drugs only mask pain and discomfort without curing…

Alcoholism among trauma workers

Alcoholism Among Trauma Workers: Is PTSD to Blame?

PTSD Can Lead to Alcoholism Among Trauma Workers Trauma workers expose themselves to horrifying disasters regularly, and more than 50 percent develop varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. This condition often leads to drug or alcohol abuse. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to deal with PTSD. Psychotherapy and counseling can help victims understand their…

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What Drugs Are Classified as Painkillers?

At Serenity House Detox Florida, we provide tailored programs to clients with substance use disorders. Our painkiller detox program focuses on the needs of those with a physical dependency on opiate painkillers. Whether your painkiller addiction resulted from drugs prescribed to you or through other means, we can help you clear your body of toxic substances and…

groups of drugs that can be classified as narcotics

What Drugs Can Be Classed as Narcotics?

Narcotics are one of the drug classifications that you may hear used from time to time. These drugs are called opioid pain relievers. Generally speaking, they are only used to treat acute pain. They may be the last resort when people struggle with pain, and other medications do not help. That’s because they are highly…

man struggles with the PCP drug effects

What are Some PCP Drug Effects?

Phencyclidine, better known as PCP, is a sedative drug with dissociative effects. Originally developed as an anesthetic, PCP is now rarely used legitimately outside of veterinary practices. It is primarily abused as an addictive recreational drug. PCP drug effects can be severe, but they can be eliminated with the right treatment and support here at…

man learns about problem with drinking and driving

What’s the Problem with Drinking and Driving?

Without a doubt, alcoholism can ruin the lives of problem drinkers. Unfortunately, it also can deliver several forms of collateral damage. While the family is always a major concern, collateral damage sometimes extends beyond unsuspecting family members and friends. We should all be aware of the problems drinking and driving can create for unsuspecting motorists…

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Are Sleeping Pills Addictive?

It can be hard to get a good nights sleep some nights. People who struggle with insomnia or other sleeping problems may be prescribed sleeping pills. These medications are supposed to work to encourage a good nights’ sleep. Yet, they can also cause health problems themselves. Are sleeping pills addictive? The answer to that depends…

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What Is THC?

THC is only one of 85 or more chemicals that are found in the cannabis plant. It is the primary ingredient that produces a high when you use marijuana. It is located in the glands of the plant, and the scientific name is Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Once you understand what is THC, it’s easier to understand why you…

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Opiate Overdose Timeline

The signs of an opiate overdose include three signs and symptoms that are present at one point in the opiate overdose timeline. A person who is overdosing on opiates will have pinpoint pupils, clear respiratory depression, and they will be unconscious. Opiates suppress the respiratory system. When combined with sedatives, opiates can completely suppress the respiratory…