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Obama announces new moves to fight opioid and heroin abuse epidemic

(CNN)The Obama administration is making it easier for doctors to use anti-addiction drugs in the fight against an exploding epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. It’s part of a package of new initiatives announced Tuesday that includes other efforts to expand addiction treatment and increase coverage for mental health and substance abuse services. These …

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Treatment Information

You might be considering either outpatient drug detox or traditional rehab. There are a few differences. First, there is the time commitment. Outpatient drug detox typically takes anywhere from seven to 21 days, the typical time it takes for the body to completely cleanse itself of narcotics. Rehab requires weeks or even months. Outpatient drug …

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Addiction

Commonly overlooked as a disease, Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disorder displayed through compulsive drug abuse and drug seeking behaviors regardless of the known harmful consequences. Chronic disease can be defined as a long-lasting human health condition associated with disorders like asthma, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. In past years, individuals suffering from addiction were …

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Recovery Support

Successful recovery can be broken up into two phases, Medical Detox and Recovery Support. Medical Detox is the first phase of treatment in which a highly trained physician must safely access the situation and organize a detox taper schedule to remove the chemical dependency from the patient’s body. Once the first phase is successfully accomplished, …

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What is Substance Abuse?

Every day individuals are taking substances in ways that differ from the substances’ intended uses. Commonly overlooked until negative consequences appear, Substance abuse is the misuse of a substance. Forms of substance abuse are: Using prescription drugs without a prescription administering substances in an unintended manner using more than the recommended or prescribed amount of …

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