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Tips to Get Through the Holidays

It is no secret that in today’s world, the holiday season is often associated with indulgence. The narrative for numerous years has been to eat plentifully, give generously and in many cases drink a lot of alcohol. This holiday indulgence tends to be completely normalized on a personal and societal level, so if one does…

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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain and are typically derived from nature’s pain reliever, the opium poppy plant. Yet now, most are synthesized in laboratories to make powerful prescription medications. Opioids are incredibly addictive, and not only reduce pain but can also induce a euphoric high in certain doses. Opioids access…

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Addiction in Women

Addiction affects people differently depending on circumstances that include the environment, mental health, physical shape and other factors. However, gender also affects how addiction can alter one’s body and life. Even in co-ed facilities such as Authentic Recovery Center, it is important to understand these differences to properly treat men and women. Understanding addiction in…

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Giving Back After Getting Sober

Maintaining recovery is an essential step after getting sober. There are many factors in keeping up recovery, and giving back is one crucial aspect. Being of service in recovery ensures you feel as though you have a purpose. Service will keep your recovery progressing even after years of being sober. Giving back can look different,…

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Kratom: A Legally Addictive Drug

“He had been drinking it as a tea to help with anxiety and ultimately ended up in the school’s student health center in acute opioid withdrawal” -Marianne Chai M.D. Dr. Chai first encountered kratom when treating a teenage boy for addiction. Like many therapists and addiction medicine clinicians, Dr. Chai was surprised to learn about…

Alcohol Consumption On the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Online partying, Zoom happy hours, “quarantinis”, alcohol delivery and to-go margaritas are becoming a massive hit during this COVID-19 pandemic. While many industries have financially struggled due to the stay at home orders and business closures, alcohol consumption and sales have skyrocketed. More people are stuck at home, have been laid off from work, and…

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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a leading source of addiction and overdose deaths in the U.S. Understanding the opioid epidemic requires understanding what opioids are, the effects and consequences of opioid addiction, and important treatment information. The Authentic Recovery Center professionals have the experience to provide treatment for individuals with opioid addiction. Understanding the opioid epidemic, and utilizing…

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Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms That You Must Know

Every year, thousands of people die due to heroin addiction. This problem needs to be stopped, but so many people fear heroin withdrawal symptoms. This anxiety is understandable because withdrawal is excruciating – and even deadly. As a result, it is essential to not only understand these symptoms but how to manage them to beat…