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Is Hydrocodone Addictive?

What is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is a powerful painkiller and cough suppressant. It’s available in tablet, capsule, and oral solution forms.1, 2, 3 It’s the most common prescription opioid in the U.S. Over 136.7 million products were dispensed in 2013 and 93.7 million in 2016.4 Opioids are drugs that can relieve pain and produce pleasurable feelings. […]
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How Long Does Xanax Last?

Key Takeaways Xanax is a popular benzodiazepine drug used to treat anxiety, seizures, and other conditions. While effective, the drug can be highly addictive. Xanax’s effects can be felt in less than an hour. For most people, Xanax clears from the body within 2 to 4 days. Various factors influence how long it takes to […]
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Sober Curiosity

What is Sober Curiosity? Drinking is so ingrained in many cultures that it makes sobriety look ridiculous. People will only become sober if they’re already addicted to alcohol.  But many people are now sober, even though they don’t have alcohol problems. They’re a part of an emerging trend known as the “sober curious” movement.  While […]
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Ativan vs Xanax

Key Takeaways Ativan (lorazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) are benzodiazepines used to treat anxiety.  Both drugs are similarly effective in treating anxiety.  Both Ativan and Xanax have an intermediate speed of onset for oral medications. Both drugs are equally habit-forming and should usually be taken short-term. Treatment for Xanax and Ativan addiction is usually similar. Options […]
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Somatoform Disorders

What are Somatoform Disorders? Somatoform disorders are characterized by an extreme focus on physical symptoms such as pain or fatigue.1 Symptoms are sensations or feelings that may or may not have a physical cause identified.  Somatoform symptoms cause significant emotional distress and issues functioning. You may or may not have another medical problem linked to […]
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Is Heroin a Stimulant or Depressant?

Key Takeaways Heroin is an opioid and central nervous system depressant, not a stimulant.  The drug works by depressing activity in the central nervous system. Mental health issues like depression are risk factors for heroin abuse. Other dangers of heroin abuse include addiction, overdose, disability, and death. There are various effective treatments available for heroin […]
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Most Popular Drugs

The Different Categories of Drugs Drug classifications organize drugs into different categories. Classifying drugs by chemical similarities is helpful because they usually exhibit common effects and risks. Chemically related drugs are used to treat similar conditions. Although the chemical characteristics of drugs may be related, the medical effects and legality of the substances may be […]
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What Does Fentanyl Look Like?

What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat extreme and chronic pain. It is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.  Fentanyl is available by prescription as a Schedule II drug. Its use must be closely monitored due to its high potential for addiction.1, 2, 3, 4 […]
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The Jellinek Curve

What is the Jellinek Curve in Addiction and Recovery? The Jellinek Curve is a U-shaped chart that describes a person’s addiction progression.   It’s made up of 5 stages:1 Pre-alcoholism Prodromal or early alcoholism Crucial or middle alcoholism Chronic or late alcoholism Recovery or rehabilitation Each stage has notable symptoms, which are described in the following […]
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Methadone vs Suboxone

How are Methadone and Suboxone Different? Methadone and Suboxone are prescription opioids. Both medications are FDA-approved for medication-assisted treatment (MAT).  The main difference between the two medications is that Suboxone is only approved for treating opioid use disorder (OUD). Methadone treats both chronic pain and OUD. Methadone and Suboxone also differ in the following ways: […]
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