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Pain Relief Alternatives: Options for Reducing Dependence on Opioids

Posted by Compass Recovery on Oct 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

It’s a fairly common, but unfortunate, occurrence in the healthcare industry: A patient goes to their doctor with debilitating pain in their lower back, and they leave … with an opioid dependency.

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Topics: Opioid Addiction

The Long-Term Effects of Abusing Prescription Pain Medication

Posted by Compass Recovery on Oct 2, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Abuse of prescription pain medication is a problem for just about every demographic in the United States. It’s a problem for the construction worker who hurts his back on the job, an overwhelmed mother with a to-do-list that’s a mile long, and even for teens using it as a dangerous recreational habit. In fact, prescription painkillers are the second most commonly abused drug—only to marijuana—by high school seniors in America.

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Topics: Opioid Addiction

The Truth about Depression and Drug Addiction

Posted by Compass Recovery on Sep 25, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Similar to pouring gasoline on a fire, drug addiction and depression is an explosive and deadly combination. Anyone who finds themselves in a situation involving this toxic mix of emotions and poisonous substances should seek help immediately. Here are the facts concerning the truth about depression and drug addiction:

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Topics: addiction, Depression

Taking Xanax with Other Drugs can be Deadly

Posted by Compass Recovery on Sep 18, 2017 9:30:00 AM

At just twenty-eight years old, he had seemingly everything to live for: fame, fortune, good looks, and a young toddler to parent. Yes, it all seemed to be pointing in the right direction for this young man back in 2008. But something very dark was deeply entrenched in his private life that his adoring public didn’t know or understand.

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Topics: Benzodiazepine Addiction

Overcoming Methadone Dependency

Posted by Compass Recovery on Sep 12, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Perhaps you’ve been prescribed methadone as a maintenance drug to gradually wean yourself off a harsher substance like heroin or other opiates. Now, however, that methadone dosage has increased, and you may have inadvertently developed a substitute addiction. At this point, you’re probably wondering if the cycle will ever end. Good news; because the answer is, yes, the cycle will end if you remain determined to make it happen. The truth is that most likely, your substance abuse didn’t happen overnight and neither will your recovery. Recovery from methadone or any substance is a long and winding road, but the destination is well worth the difficult journey.

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Topics: Detox, methadone addiction

How Trauma Therapy Aids in Drug Abuse Recovery

Posted by Compass Recovery on Sep 5, 2017 9:30:00 AM

To make a lasting recovery from substance abuse, you need to know where your problem originates from first. Addiction is a complex, chronic condition that didn’t just manifest overnight. For most people struggling with recovery from its crippling clutches, it was a much longer process that may be the result of a singular traumatic event or a string of longer lasting psychologically challenging circumstances, perhaps even over the course of a lifetime. We at Compass Recovery realise that drug addiction is usually secondary to trauma or other experiences that wound the core and authentic versions of ourself; drug and alcohol use was the way that we got through those unbearable times.

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Topics: Trauma Therapy

The Importance of Choosing a Reputable Addiction Recovery Center in Southern California

Posted by Compass Recovery on Aug 28, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The world of drug addiction is a dark and stormy one with many chaotic difficulties to carefully navigate. Whereas finding an addiction recovery center isn’t all that hard because, in an area like Southern California, they’re abound. However, finding one that is reputable, successful, and safe, is another story altogether.

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Topics: Inpatient Treatment, Outpatient Treatment

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in America

Posted by Compass Recovery on Aug 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

America is officially in the throes of an epidemic. There is a health crisis that poses a clear and present danger, and it’s not some sort of superbug or plague. Addiction to opioids remains one of the greatest health risks in the country, and the scary part is that it’s evolving.

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Topics: Opioid Addiction

One Size Fits All Does Not Apply to Inpatient Drug Treatment

Posted by Compass Recovery on Aug 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

One size fits all is a good approach to baseball hats and wristwatches, but not addiction treatment. Everyone’s addiction is different, and it’s not something that happens suddenly like a flash of lightning from the sky. It has a long history with events, enablers, and emotions that all need to be considered and addressed to create a lasting change of life, love, and limitless possibilities.

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Topics: Inpatient Treatment

When Suboxone Treatment Becomes Suboxone Abuse

Posted by Compass Recovery on Jul 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

There’s an old idiom that says something about comparing the devil you know to the devil you don’t. Sadly, devils are everywhere in the drug world: heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, benzos … the list goes on and on. Those are the devils we know about though. Unfortunately, there is also a devil we don’t know. That devil in disguise is Suboxone.

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Topics: Suboxone, Opioid Addiction

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