Category: Drug Abuse

Danger Of Mixing Drugs And Alcohol
Danger Of Mixing Drugs And Alcohol

Whether in the party scene or as part of an attempt to escape difficult emotions, polysubstance use is not uncommon among people facing drug and alcohol addiction. Mixing drugs and alcohol can prolong the high or deepen the effects of a drug, but it also poses serious risks to your health and safety. Many substances […]

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Signs of overdose
Knowing These Overdose Signs Could Help You Save a Life

It’s easy to become desensitized to the drug crisis and overwhelming overdose statistics. However, every time someone dies from an overdose, it leaves indelible scars on the people they leave behind. Between 2017 and 2018, overdose deaths increased by 4% and over 670,000 people died. While the numbers are discouraging, an overdose doesn’t have to be a […]

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how drugs impact the brain
How Drugs Affect the Brain

Many people understand that drugs can affect the brain, but they’re not exactly sure how beyond the high or sense of euphoria these substances produce. Regardless of how you use drugs (i.e. inhale, swallow, inject, or snort), drugs invariably affect the brain negatively and can cause both short and long-term effects. As chemicals, drugs can […]

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learn the symptoms of pain pill addiction
Pain Pill Addiction: Learn the Symptoms

Getting help for yourself or a loved one struggling with an addiction to prescription pain medication starts with understanding the signs and symptoms of addiction. There are many signs of an addiction to opioid pain relievers, which can vary from person to person. Some of the most common pain pill addiction symptoms include: Mood changes such as anxiety […]

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symptoms of meth use
Symptoms that Someone is Using Meth

An illegal substance-abuse disorder is a condition that thrives under secrecy and isolation but can be overcome when it is brought into the light.  One of the first steps in helping a loved one or yourself recover from meth addiction is to recognize substance abuse.  Once meth use is addressed, you or your loved one can start […]

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The rise of heroin use in the U.S.
The Rise of Heroin Use in the U.S.

The U.S. is in the midst of a heroin and opioid epidemic. More than 70,000 people have lost their lives since 1999 from heroin use alone. When you factor in deaths involving other opioids, that figure jumps to 700,000 lost lives. Heroin and opioid abuse are very much entwined–and in the U.S., that’s always been […]

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man struggling with opioid abuse
How to Tell if Someone is Abusing Opioids

Opioid abuse affects people from all walks of life, and someone you know or love may be struggling with this problem. In the beginning, it’s fairly easy for a person suffering from opioid abuse to cover up his or her dependency problem. Discovery Point Retreat’s three Texas locations can answer any questions you may have […]

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Cardiovascular Effects of Drug Abuse
Cardiovascular Effects of Drug Abuse

Abusing powerfully addictive drugs like opioid painkillers or cocaine can lead to serious physical and mental health conditions. The cardiovascular system, which includes the heart, is particularly vulnerable to the effects of drug abuse. These effects can include irregular heart rhythm, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Recreational drugs and even many prescription drugs […]

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