Why is Fentanyl Deadly?

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Why have overdose deaths increased? Drug overdose deaths have increased as deaths from fentanyl escalate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have had a rapid and dramatic rise; overdose deaths involving these drugs have nearly…

Opioid Use Stigma

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   What are opioids? Opioids are a group of drugs that require a prescription and include man-made narcotics such as fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, the illegal drug heroin, and many more.   What is stigma? A negative thought or belief about another individual or…

Opioids Overdose Deaths

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Q.) What are opioids? Opioids, sometimes referred to as narcotics, are pain medications prescribed by medical doctors. Opioid medicines work by transporting through the blood and then connect to opioid receptors in brain cells. The opiate blocks pain messages and can enhance spirits and…

WARNING SIGNS OF ADDICTION

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.+   Q.) What are the statistics for substance abuse? 22.5 million people (8.5% of the U.S. population) aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2014, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) National Survey…

TIANEPTINE OR “GAS STATION HEROIN”

Q.) What is Tianeptine or “Gas Station Heroin”? Tianeptine is a prescription drug used for depression in some European, Asian, and Latin American countries. It is not approved for use in the US.   Q.) Why is Tianeptine known as “Gas Station Heroin”? Tianeptine is known as “gas station heroin” because it can mimic an…

young man seated on couch in living room with his hands pressed to his forehead in pain wondering is Adderall addictive?

Is Adderall Addictive? The Dangers of Adderall Addiction

Is Adderall addictive? If you or a loved one has been prescribed this medication, you might be asking this very question. Any medication carries potential risks, and it is always good to be informed about the medications you or a loved one are taking.  Adderall, a prescription medication, comprises two stimulants: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It…

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How To Quit Smoking Weed

You love it, yet you want to quit. This tug-of-war with weed is a common struggle that many individuals face. When exploring how to quit smoking weed, the key is to understand your relationship with weed, the benefits of quitting, and the strategies that can make your journey toward a healthier lifestyle successful. At Santé…

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What Is Freebasing?

Cocaine addiction is a serious issue, one that can cause devastating effects on an individual’s physical health, mental well-being, personal relationships, and professional life. When it comes to freebasing, a method of using cocaine, these risks are amplified.  Freebasing is a process that involves converting cocaine into a form that is easier to inhale. This…

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5 Things That Help with Drug Detox

The withdrawal symptoms in drug detox can be challenging at best and life-threatening at their most severe. Thankfully, the days of suffering at home alone without help are gone. Many interventions can alleviate the symptoms of detox and keep you safe. To learn more about drug detox in Texas, call Santé Center for Healing today…

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Overcoming Different Types of Addiction

There are many types of addiction when it comes to substance use disorder. One of the most significant issues people with an addiction face is separating themselves from others with an addiction. Addiction can make you feel that your problem isn’t significant compared to someone else’s, but this is a harmful way the condition operates…