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Does Everyone Experience Withdrawal Symptoms?

Does Everyone Experience Withdrawal Symptoms?

When you suffer from addiction to a substance, this means you become physically and psychologically dependent on the substance. When you stop taking the drug, you'll likely experience withdrawal symptoms. While everyone experiences withdrawal to some degree, the...

What is AA and NA

What is AA and NA

Many newly sober people find that a group program helps reduce their relapse risk and gives them support from others who have had similar experiences. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are two of the best-known 12-step addiction treatment...

Understanding and Recognizing Binge Drinking

Understanding and Recognizing Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08% or higher according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. For a typical adult female that would mean four drinks or more in a two hour...

The 4 Stages of Addiction

The 4 Stages of Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a complex disease that results in functional changes to the brain circuits. In the beginning drug use is voluntary, whether it's the result of experimenting with recreational drugs and alcohol or taking...

Manipulative Behaviors in Addicts

Manipulative Behaviors in Addicts

Many studies show the impact of addiction not only on those with substance use disorders but on their family members as well. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of drug abuse includes the development of manipulative behaviors that help the person with an addiction...

What is Binge Drinking: Signs, Side Effects, and Treatment

What is Binge Drinking: Signs, Side Effects, and Treatment

Some people may have a problem with alcohol abuse and not realize it. While the perception of an alcoholic is someone who drinks every day or even takes a drink when they get out of bed in the morning, there's another equally damaging form of alcohol abuse – binge...

5 Tips on How to Relax Without Alcohol

5 Tips on How to Relax Without Alcohol

You've had a rough week — or even a rough day. That glass of wine is calling to you, and, sure, it'll help you unwind. But it's not your only option when you need to relax. Whether you setting aside the booze for Dry January or Sober October, or you just want alcohol...

Alcoholic Parent? What to Do?

Alcoholic Parent? What to Do?

When a parent is using alcohol, it can be very difficult for a child to know what to do. As adults, you may recognize just how worrisome alcohol use disorder is. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that in 2019, 14.5 million people over the...

How Does Substance Abuse Affect The Body?

How Does Substance Abuse Affect The Body?

The effects of drugs and alcohol harm every aspect of a user's life, from damaged relationships to exacerbated mental health concerns and debilitating physical effects. While every drug, including alcohol, affects the body differently, substance abuse overall can have...

How Dangerous is MDMA

How Dangerous is MDMA

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) emerged onto the drug scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a "club drug" popular at music festivals, raves, and concerts. Known also as ecstasy (X) or "Molly," it's a synthetic drug derived from amphetamine. The effects...

How Does Drug Abuse Affect Development?

How Does Drug Abuse Affect Development?

Drug and alcohol abuse is bad for anyone, but the effects can be even worse for teenagers and young adults. The brain develops until about age 25. Drinking or using drugs while the brain is still developing can leave irreversible damage. If you're concerned about your...

Dangers of Mixing Uppers and Downers

Dangers of Mixing Uppers and Downers

Mixing uppers and downers is dangerous. So why do people do it? If you're driving your car too fast, you pump your brakes to slow down. If your bathwater is too cold, you add hot water to warm it to the right temperature. Even Goldilocks wanted to mix something to...

What to Expect During a Stay at a Rehab Facility

What to Expect During a Stay at a Rehab Facility

According to SAMHSA, nearly 15 million Americans suffer from alcohol use disorder, and millions more have drug use disorders. So, this isn't something you have to face alone or be ashamed of. It's more important to seek help. Perhaps you are looking for a residential...

Can I Get Addicted to Marijuana?

Can I Get Addicted to Marijuana?

While marijuana use has been seen as less of an issue compared to other drugs, it still has a heavy impact on its users. Frequent marijuana use can lead to the development of dependencies, one of the precursors to addiction. Both the mind and body can become dependent...

What Is a Good Job for Someone Recovering From Alcoholism?

What Is a Good Job for Someone Recovering From Alcoholism?

One of the most important parts of recovering from alcohol addiction is learning how to live a fulfilling life while maintaining sobriety. For many, this simply means being able to provide for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, addiction can put these...

How Do I Know if I Am an Addict?

How Do I Know if I Am an Addict?

Substance abuse impacts people of all ages and backgrounds — anyone can become an addict. In the United States, substance abuse is shockingly common, with 10% of adultsmeeting the clinical criteria for having a drug use disorder during their lifetime. Knowing the...

What are the 3 Things That Can Cause Addiction?

What are the 3 Things That Can Cause Addiction?

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a complex situation involving both physical and psychological dependence on the substance. Addicts are often unable to quit on their own, and many of them have underlying mental health conditions or past trauma that they're...

What Do You Do When Someone is Addicted?

What Do You Do When Someone is Addicted?

Addiction is exceptionally common in the United States, and the National Institutes of Healthreports that American adults have a one in ten chance of developing a drug use disorder at some point during their lifetime. The high prevalence of substance abuse means that...

Why is Alcohol Addictive

Why is Alcohol Addictive

Alcohol is one of the most problematic addictive drugs in America and throughout the world, for many reasons. The substance is culturally important in many societies, and this helps create pressure to drink while also making addiction seem less serious. However, it's...

The Most Abused Drug for Indiana in 2021

The Most Abused Drug for Indiana in 2021

Hickory Treatment Center proudly serves Indiana by offering substance abuse and addiction treatment to those who need it. Making treatment as accessible as possible is extremely important as drug addiction becomes a worsening...

What to Prioritize in 2022 To Live Your Best Sober Year

What to Prioritize in 2022 To Live Your Best Sober Year

Looking forward to 2022 and all of the opportunities and challenges it holds can feel both invigorating and overwhelming. For many of us, 2021 meant seeking out and completing treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. In order to...

How Do I Educate Myself on Addiction To Be a Better Support?

How Do I Educate Myself on Addiction To Be a Better Support?

As addiction treatment becomes talked about more throughout the US, friends and families of individuals suffering from addiction are looking to learn more about the disease. The realm of substance abuse and addiction can seem overwhelming but at the end of the day...

7 Tips To Avoid Relapse This Holiday Season

7 Tips To Avoid Relapse This Holiday Season

Spending the holidays with friends and family is one of the best ways to make the most out of the fall and winter months. From family gatherings to workplace parties, there's almost always something going on to celebrate the loved ones we have. Unfortunately, these...

How To Support an Addict Through the Holidays

How To Support an Addict Through the Holidays

The unknowns of addiction can make enjoying the holidays a challenge for both the individual suffering and their loved ones. When the time comes to start inviting guests over for festivities, it can be difficult to know how to make the experience as comfortable as...

The State of Indiana’s Drug Epidemic

The State of Indiana’s Drug Epidemic

Much of America is struggling with a surge in drug and alcohol abuse across the board, but Indiana faces some of the toughest challenges across the nation. Right now there are millions struggling with the state of the pandemic...

Where Indiana Medicare Stands on Mental Health Benefits in 2021

Where Indiana Medicare Stands on Mental Health Benefits in 2021

Like much of the country, Indiana has seen an increase in drug and alcohol use since the start of the pandemic. As such, more individuals are seeking out mental health and addiction recovery treatment than ever before. The stigma around getting help for drug or...

Qualities To Look For in Addiction Treatment Centers in Indiana

Qualities To Look For in Addiction Treatment Centers in Indiana

It doesn't matter if someone's addiction is newly formed or has complete control over their life, they deserve access to compassionate and professional treatment. Recovering from substance abuse takes an entire team and network of support, something not all treatment...

Hickory Treatment Centers Teams up With HIP Insurance

Hickory Treatment Centers Teams up With HIP Insurance

As substance abuse and addiction continues to rise in the United States, access to treatment programs is becoming a more urgent matter. To help address this problem, Hickory Treatment Centers has been working to expand the...

Dangers of Fentanyl and How To Find Treatment

Dangers of Fentanyl and How To Find Treatment

Fentanyl is an extremely strong opioid painkiller, 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Due to its strength, fentanyl can be highly beneficial to those experiencing severe pain such as during recovery after an operation. The drug blocks pain receptors in the brain...

Breaking Down Heroin Abuse and Addiction

Breaking Down Heroin Abuse and Addiction

Heroin addiction in the United States stems largely from the opioid epidemic that saw doctors heavily prescribing opioid painkillers under the assumption that they were not habit forming. Research shows that of those who abuse or are addicted to heroin, 80...

Understanding Medically-Assisted Fentanyl Detox

Understanding Medically-Assisted Fentanyl Detox

Fentanyl is an extremely addictive opioid that targets the section of the brain responsible for emotion, pain and reward. This powerful drug is up to 100 times stronger than heroin or morphine which leads to higher risk of overdosing and rapidly forming addiction. Due...

How Does Alcoholism Affect Mental Health?

How Does Alcoholism Affect Mental Health?

Chronic alcohol abuse and alcoholism, defined as a dependence on alcohol, often mask underlying mental health issues. Many people start drinking to alleviate feelings of anxiety or depression, self-medicating to boost their mood, reduce worries, or feel more relaxed...

Using HIP Insurance for Addiction Recovery Services

Using HIP Insurance for Addiction Recovery Services

Addiction recovery services in Indiana are what Hickory Treatment Centers work to bring to anyone in need of assistance. One of the first questions that comes to mind when an individual seeks out addiction treatment is how much time and money will be needed to...

The Importance of Boundaries In Recovery

The Importance of Boundaries In Recovery

A slip or even a full-blown drug relapse is among the most common challenges patients face in their addiction recovery journey, with studies estimating that 85 percent of individuals relapse within a year of treatment. In your recovery, you will likely be faced with...

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Abuse?

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Abuse?

Having a beer or a glass of wine with friends is a socially accepted norm that millions of people enjoy every day. However, there's no denying that alcohol consumption can have an impact on your physical, emotional and social health. Whether you enjoy an occasional...

What Is The Behavioral Model Of Addiction?

What Is The Behavioral Model Of Addiction?

Throughout history, we've understood addiction in many ways that are fundamentally different. For a long time, the perception of addiction as a moral failing was uncontested. However, the scientific literature universally refutes this concept and many new ideas have...

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Becoming addicted to drugs is a process for most people. Whether it is alcohol, marijuana, opioids, or other substances, people do not start using drugs to become addicted. For many people, the first encounter with addictive substances feels good. Whether it is a...

Percocet Withdrawal Timeline, Symptoms & Treatment

Percocet Withdrawal Timeline, Symptoms & Treatment

Percocet is an opioid that's often the source of addiction. For individuals who are addicted to this drug, trying to get sober will involve going through withdrawal and treatment. While the timeline for this can vary from one person to another, there are some typical...

Benzodiazepine Abuse Signs & Side Effects

Benzodiazepine Abuse Signs & Side Effects

Known as a powerful sedative, benzodiazepine has a calming psychological effect on users. It is commonly prescribed as a form of treatment for anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, insomnia and similar ailments. However, this prescription drug is also known to be highly...

10 Questions to Ask a Potential Drug Rehab Center

10 Questions to Ask a Potential Drug Rehab Center

Choosing the right drug rehab center can be a daunting process. As you research treatment centers and speak with providers, here are 10 important questions to ask to help you narrow down your options. 1. Is your drug rehab center licensed and accredited? To ensure an...

Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

Many people don't recognize the warning signs as they slip from recreational substance abuse to addiction. It can happen so gradually that even those around you don't notice. Unfortunately, once a drug addiction occurs, it often comes with many negative consequences...

Is My Alcohol Addiction Bad Enough?

Is My Alcohol Addiction Bad Enough?

Alcohol use disorder is a serious matter. It can lead to major life issues, including alcohol poisoning and death. There are 22,000 deaths attributed to alcohol poisoning, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of this...

Can Your Body Go Into Shock When You Stop Drinking?

Can Your Body Go Into Shock When You Stop Drinking?

When you suddenly cease drinking alcohol, your body responds by going into withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the type of substance you used, how long you used it, as well as your genetics and family history. In some cases, the...

What Are The First Signs Of Liver Damage From Alcohol?

What Are The First Signs Of Liver Damage From Alcohol?

The liver is an essential organ in our body, facilitating many everyday bodily functions. The liver's primary functions include breaking down potentially toxic substances (such as drugs and alcohol) to make them less harmful to the body, storing certain nutrients and...

What Happens When a Person Stops Taking an Opiate?

What Happens When a Person Stops Taking an Opiate?

Starting opioid detoxing is a process that should always be done under the supervision of medical professionals. Withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening depending on the severity of opioid abuse. These symptoms last for a different amount of time for everyone but...

What Are the Most Common Withdrawal Symptoms?

What Are the Most Common Withdrawal Symptoms?

One facet of substance abuse and addiction is the fact that once someone decides to stop taking drugs or drinking alcohol, withdrawal will have to be addressed. The longer and more heavily a substance is abused makes the more severe withdrawal symptoms present...

How Long After You Stop Drinking Does Your Body Heal?

How Long After You Stop Drinking Does Your Body Heal?

The road to a life free of alcohol addiction is a long but fulfilling journey that anyone struggling with drinking should pursue. Since alcohol has such a heavy impact on our body, the withdrawal and healing process takes time. Alcohol changes how our body balances...

What Are the Side Effects of Detoxing?

What Are the Side Effects of Detoxing?

Detoxing is the beginning of addiction treatment and recovery for both drug and alcohol abuse in those struggling with addiction. Detox is the process of removing the problem substance from within our bodies which allows the mind and body to begin healing. The reason...

What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?

What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?

When overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction, there are many different obstacles you might encounter along the way. Recovering from addiction is no minor accomplishment, and it takes an immense amount of courage to work toward sobriety. It's vital to have a strong...

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