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How To Find The Right Rehab Program in Texas

Substance abuse presents individuals and their families with many challenges. The most important step in addressing those challenges: Admitting there’s a problem. Once done, the focus of your discussion turns to finding the right drug and alcohol rehab center program for you. It’s not an easy question to answer. Substance abuse is a highly individualized…

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The Dangers of Combining Substances

Substance abuse triggers profound changes in your brain. It interferes with normal functions and, perhaps more alarmingly, clouds judgment. One of those risks common to individuals with substance abuse issues: combining substances. Abusing one drug is hazardous enough. The dangers of combining substances are even more substantial. Medicine calls this an example of “polydrug” abuse.…

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Drinking And Driving Consequences

In our society, we are never far from a place that sells or serves alcohol. The availability of alcohol comes with consequences, especially those stemming from drinking and driving. The consequences of drinking and driving exact a high price from individuals and society. It leads to lost productivity, lost potential, and a greater cost to…

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How Drugs Affect Your Brain Chemistry

Your brain is the computer of life. It governs bodily functions that we rarely contemplate like blinking your eyes, breathing, and movement. These and more are the result of a complex set of mechanisms facilitated by brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. You probably already know drugs impact the brain, but have you ever wondered how…

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Alcohol Abuse and Eating Disorders

Patients who seek treatment of alcohol abuse often struggle with additional mental illnesses that affect their ability to participate in treatment. These illnesses include major depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Among the most difficult co-occurring illnesses to treat though is the combination of alcohol abuse and an eating disorder. At Santé Center…

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Important Facts About the Heroin Epidemic

The heroin epidemic continues to grab news headlines from coast-to-coast in the United States. Heroin is an opiate, a drug made from morphine of the opium poppy plant. On the streets, people call heroin big H, horse, smack, and hell dust. The drug was first popular in the 1960s and 1970s, quieted during the 1980s,…

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Hidden Cocaine Abuse Symptoms

When individuals use drugs or alcohol even recreationally, they can develop a dependency or addiction. The more potent the substance and the more frequent the use, the greater the risk of addiction. One particular drug, cocaine, is frequently used in social settings. While individuals may only use this substance on occasion, cocaine is potent and…

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Is Detox from Alcohol Painful?

When someone has been abusing alcohol for a long time, they routinely develop a dependence or addiction to it. This means that alcohol has altered the individual’s brain chemistry, making it necessary for them to drink to function normally. Addiction isn’t necessarily about wanting a ‘high.’ Rather, it’s often about avoiding painful withdrawal symptoms. The…