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Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are among the most commonly misused substances in the U.S., leading to an opioid overdose crisis. But what exactly are the most addictive prescription drugs? The most commonly abused, addicting prescription drugs include opioids, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, stimulants, and sedatives. While these drugs are typically prescribed for legitimate medical reasons, they can also be…

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Common Signs of Painkiller Abuse

Whether you’re concerned for a loved one who has started painkillers or plan on beginning them yourself, knowing how they can affect you means a decreased risk of forming an addiction. Learning the early signs of painkiller abuse is critical in preventing addiction. Painkiller abuse affects hundreds of thousands of Americans every year and regularly…

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Mixing Alcohol and Prescription Drugs

Millions of Americans take some type of prescription drug to treat a medical condition or prevent illness. However, some prescription drugs carry a potential for abuse and addiction. It is dangerous to take prescription drugs if a doctor has not prescribed them for you, or in ways other than they were originally prescribed. Prescription drugs…

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Dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is much stronger even than morphine, a natural painkiller. The potency and effects of fentanyl make it highly addictive with a high risk of overdose. Understanding the dangers of fentanyl can help you in avoiding addiction if possible and in getting fentanyl addiction treatment if needed. At Greater…

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Side Effects of Heroin Abuse

When heroin addiction takes over someone’s life, it can have devastating effects on their health, relationships, and career. Knowing the signs of heroin abuse in yourself or a loved one can help you know when it’s time to find a heroin addiction treatment program. Heroin abuse can stay hidden and do damage to someone’s body…

a man and his rehab counselor discuss his prior doctor shopping in opioid addiction treatment

What Is Doctor Shopping?

It may sound innocent enough and no different from the process of finding a new family doctor or a specialist to treat a particular ailment, but doctor shopping is more sinister than that. The CDC defines the term doctor shopping as “obtaining controlled substances from multiple healthcare practitioners without the prescriber’s knowledge of other prescriptions,”…

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Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse in a Loved One

Prescription drug abuse is a serious public health hazard. In 2020 alone, over 16 million Americans abused prescription medications or took them other than what they were prescribed. This could mean taking more than the prescribed amount of medication, taking medication that wasn’t prescribed to you, becoming addicted to prescription drugs, or even overdosing. Prescription…