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The Blackberry Center
29
Jun

Track Marks & Other Signs of IV Drug Use

If you suspect that a loved one has started using intravenous (IV) drugs, then you’ll want to start looking for track marks. You can find these scars at the injection site, which is often the non-dominant arm of the user. Whether you’ve seen the track marks yourself or you suspect that a loved one is...
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22
Jun

Barbiturate Addiction Recovery: Evidence-Based Treatments
Barbiturates pose a danger to millions of Floridians as an addictive prescription drug.

For so many people who struggle with substance abuse, addiction starts with prescription drugs that they might need to function day-to-day, like pain medication or sleeping pills. Addiction to barbiturates is no different, and we know how challenging it can be to battle drug abuse, particularly if it presents with co-occurring mental health disorders. Learn...
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15
Jun

How Bath Salt Drug Abuse Leads to Addiction in Florida
The effects of bath salts make them both highly desirable and very dangerous.

You have probably heard of the “bath salts” drug, but what is it, really? And what makes it so dangerous? Let’s take a look at the basics of the designer drug known as bath salts. What we know as the “bath salts” drug is scientifically known as synthetic cathinones. People in East Africa and South...
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05
Jun

What Is High-Functioning Depression? Signs & Treatments
People with high-functioning depression often experience the full range of depression symptoms.

When you think of depressive disorders, you might imagine someone who is lethargic and can barely get out of bed. And while low energy or fatigue are common signs of depression, high-functioning depression is a common phenomenon. And in cases like this, an outside observer may never realize that the individual lives with depression. But...
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01
Jun

Synthetic Opioid “Pink” Drug Use in the United States
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pink is “far more potent than morphine” and other opioids.

The “Pink” drug is a synthetic opioid that is more potent than morphine and stronger than heroin. This drug has caused many confirmed deaths in the United States, and its use continues to spread. Do you know the risks of this synthetic opioid? Learn the answers to your questions on Pink drug abuse below. What...
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28
May

Top Addiction Movies Recommended by People in Recovery

Are you looking for relatable and inspirational movies about addiction recovery? We asked a group of 100,000 people in recovery what their favorite movies about addiction recovery are. Here are their top choices! Clean and Sober What it’s about: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl (Michael Keaton) suffers from serious cocaine addiction. After making a string...
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25
May

Black Tar Heroin: Withdrawals, Effects, and Recovery

You have probably heard of the dangerous effects of heroin, but do you about the risks of using black tar heroin? Here’s everything you need to know about the highly addictive substance called black tar heroin, its short-term and long-term effects, and how to find addiction treatment today. What Is Black Tar Heroin? Heroin is...
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19
May

What Is Fentanyl? Prescription Drug Abuse Facts
Fentanyl is a type of highly addictive opioid prescription drug that is similar to morphine

Like most people, you have probably heard a lot about heroin and the opioid crisis. But what about prescription opioids like fentanyl? And what is fentanyl, anyway? Put simply, fentanyl is a type of highly addictive opioid prescription drug that is similar to morphine. Fentanyl abuse often leads to addiction and death due to individuals...
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19
May

5 Ways to Break Stigma During Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation‘s Mental Health Awareness Week is here (May 18th-24th), and the theme this year is kindness. That means showing kindness both to others and to yourself. But what are you supposed to do during Mental Health Awareness Week, and how can you join in on the message of spreading kindness? We found...
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11
May

Suboxone and Medication-Assisted Treatment: Your Questions, Answered

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a type of drug addiction treatment that helps fight against opioid addiction. One of these medications that opioid dependent patients take as part of MAT is called Suboxone. In this article, we will break down everything you need to know about Suboxone and illustrate some of the ways that this medication...
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