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Looking at South Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic

Looking at South Carolina's Opioid Epidemic - map of united states focusing on south carolinaThe opioid epidemic is a nationwide crisis, affecting millions of people across the United States.

Encompassing the abuse of prescription pain medications such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet as well as the use of illegal street drugs such as heroin, opioid addiction affects people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. (more…)

What to Do If Someone Is Suicidal

What to Do If Someone Is Suicidal - hand on shoulder of depressed girlNot all people with addiction problems are suicidal, but substance abuse is a well-known risk factor for suicide.

The risk increases if the addicted person also suffers from depression, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, or another type of mood disorder. (more…)

6 Tips for Your First Sober Thanksgiving

6 Tips for Your First Sober Thanksgiving - thanksgiving place settingIn the early stages of recovery, you’re learning new ways to cope with everyday situations.

Developing healthy habits is a big task, especially during the holiday season. If this will be your first sober Thanksgiving, stay on the path to recovery with these 8 helpful tips. (more…)

What to Do When a Loved One Refuses Addiction Treatment

What to Do When a Loved One Refuses Addiction Treatment - couple in argumentWatching a friend or family member struggle with substance abuse is heartbreaking.

Planning an intervention to express your concern and stress the need for treatment is a great idea, but interventions aren’t always effective. When your loved one refuses to admit the severity of his or her addiction, you need to adapt your strategy. (more…)

Quitting Cold Turkey: Why it’s Not a Good Idea

Quitting Cold Turkey: Why it’s Not a Good Idea - man with head in handFamily members and friends of people who have lived with a substance abuse issue often wonder, “Why can’t they just stop?” It’s common for someone addicted to drugs or alcohol to think or say to their loved ones, “I can quit anytime I want to.”

The reality is that stopping all at once, or going “cold turkey” isn’t the best decision. (more…)

Delirium Tremens and Alcohol Withdrawal

Delirium Tremens and Alcohol Withdrawal - man sick in bedAlcohol has a depressive effect on your nervous system, slowing down brain function and the way your nerves send messages back and forth throughout the body.

When you consume large amounts of alcohol for an extended time period, the body starts to adapt to this depressive state by working harder to keep your nerves properly communicating with each other. (more…)

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