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How Opiates Affect Your Body Physically

America is currently experiencing an opiate crisis. Originally derived from opium, natural opiates like morphine and heroin are euphoric painkillers. Today, synthetic opiates, known as opioids, have the same effect and are prevalent across the country. Both drugs are highly addictive, and many people may take an opioid, like OxyContin, and switch to heroin because…

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The Importance of a Support Network from an Alumni Program

No one should go through addiction recovery alone. No matter the stage of addiction recovery, a strong support system is essential to maintaining sobriety. For some, family and sober friends can help provide support throughout early recovery and later in life. However, often family members have difficulty understanding their loved one’s experience of addiction. Finding…

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Dealing with Negative Thoughts During Addiction Recovery

It’s difficult to control negative thoughts during addiction recovery. When someone stops using drugs or alcohol, the brain and body adjust. Prescription and illegal drugs and alcohol alter brain chemistry. During addiction, the brain stops producing chemicals like dopamine and GABA. These chemicals affect mood and behavior. During detox, the brain goes through chemical withdrawal…

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How to Celebrate National Recovery Month

Admitting you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and seeking help at an addiction recovery program takes courage and strength. Every September at Atlanta Detox Center we celebrate National Recovery Month. This is a time to reflect on that courage and strength, as well as the heart and soul of the treatment professionals who…

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What to Expect in an Opiate Addiction Treatment Center

The terms opiates and opioids are often used interchangeably, and many people seem to think that they are the same type of drug. There are many similarities, making it easy to understand why the two terms are often used together. There are distinct differences between opiates and opioids, leading some people to wonder what they…

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How to Have Success in an Addiction Treatment Program

The first step towards your success in substance abuse treatment programs is just choosing to go. Understanding that they offer the best hope of recovery is critical. At Atlanta Detox Center, our substance abuse treatment programs set people up for genuine, long-term recovery. If you or a loved one may benefit from an addiction treatment…