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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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5 Signs of Painkiller Abuse

Since 1995, when the FDA approved Oxycontin (oxycodone) for medical use to treat chronic or acute pain, the abuse of prescription painkillers has risen steadily. Many believe the current opioid epidemic can be traced, at least in part, to the legitimizing of a powerful synthetic opioid by physicians, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies, without acknowledging its…

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Common Side Effects of Hydrocodone

If you have had a tooth pulled, minor same-day surgery, or a broken bone, chances are you’ve been prescribed hydrocodone for your mild to severe pain. Though it is 30% less potent than oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone is still a potentially addictive, powerful narcotic. Opioid addiction treatment is often needed for hydrocodone abuse and dependency. If…

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Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Prescription Drugs

Drinking can be fun in moderation and as a social activity. However, for some people, drinking alcohol can be dangerous. Many people take prescription medicine of some kind, and quite a few prescription drugs do not mix well with alcohol. Sometimes, people intentionally mix prescription drugs with alcohol to enhance their level of intoxication. This…

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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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5 Surprising Benefits of Benzo Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed medications used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, and seizures. Though they are highly effective in treating these conditions, benzos can also be addictive. If you or someone you love requires benzo addiction treatment, help is available. At Greater Boston Addiction Centers, we offer comprehensive benzo addiction treatment that can help our…

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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Opioids vs. Benzos

Opioids are powerful pain relievers designed to help people deal with severe pain after surgery. Benzodiazepines are a type of opioid used to treat extreme anxiety. Both opioids and benzodiazepines are highly dangerous and addictive drugs when used outside of the prescription directions. When comparing opioids vs. benzos, taking high amounts of either drug can…

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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…