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6 Health Risks of Prolonged Substance Use Disorder

6 Health Risks of Prolonged Substance Use Disorder 6 Health Risks of Prolonged Substance Use Disorder

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is characterized by addiction or the uncontrolled use of a substance despite its negative effects. Prolonged Substance Use Disorder can result in a host of complications ranging from behavioral issues to serious diseases. Entire books have been written about the harmful effects and damage that result from severe addiction. The list could truly be endless.

So we’ve selected a few conditions that arise from long-term substance abuse to discuss. Health risks like cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, respiratory/lung disease, and mental disorders are the most common and/or dangerous conditions that contribute to chronic addiction. In most cases, these health risks are permanent, life-long struggles that individuals must be treated for alongside addiction recovery.

The Invisible Dangers of Fentanyl-Laced Drugs: Heroin

The Invisible Dangers of Fentanyl-Laced Drugs: Heroin Syringe and spoon with heroin

Heroin has been the most popular illicit opioid for recreational use for decades, but fentanyl is relatively new in illicit markets, and it has made a huge impact in the last few years. You may already be aware that heroin overdoses and deaths are on the rise around the country, but that only tells part of the […]

The Invisible Dangers of Fentanyl-Laced Drugs: Counterfeit Pills

The Invisible Dangers of Fentanyl-Laced Drugs: Counterfeit Pills counterfeit prescription drugs offered for sale

The rate of accidental overdoses involving fentanyl-laced street drugs has increased significantly in recent years due in large part to illegally mass-produced counterfeit pills becoming more readily available and less expensive to buy on the black market. Counterfeit pills containing fentanyl are intentionally manufactured to look identical to many commonly prescribed medications and have exploded […]

Why Are Opioids Addictive?

Why Are Opioids Addictive? person taking opioids

Why are opioids addictive?Opioids are highly addictive because they flood the brain with endorphins and dopamine, which produce feelings of pleasure, satisfaction, and euphoria. The “high” is so powerful and unlike any natural rush of endorphins and dopamine that the only way a person can experience those feelings again is by using opioids. There are […]

Texas Overdose Deaths Have Nearly Tripled in the Last 18 Years

Texas Overdose Deaths Have Nearly Tripled in the Last 18 Years texas flag

The entire U.S. is facing an ongoing opioid crisis, and Texas is no exception. Although the Lone Star State isn’t typically known for being a hotspot for opioid overdoses, recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prove the face of the substance abuse problem in Texas is changing.

Battling Prescription Drug Abuse in Texas

Battling Prescription Drug Abuse in Texas prescription drugs

Like most states in the U.S., Texas is facing a severe problem with abuse of and addiction to prescription opioids.  What is Prescription Drug Abuse? Prescription drugs are carefully controlled substances that are prescribed by a doctor to an individual patient for a specific condition. Taking a drug that was prescribed to someone else, in […]

Texas Opioid Overdoses are Increasing

Texas Opioid Overdoses are Increasing texas flag

According to recent news reports from Houston Public Media, opioid overdose deaths in Texas have been rising at a rate of about ten percent a year since 2014.1 As other states across the U.S. also grapple with increasing opioid overdose deaths, the need for high-quality addiction treatment continues to be high. Surprisingly, new data released […]

What Are the Most Common Addictions in Texas?

What Are the Most Common Addictions in Texas? most common addictions in Texas

While drug problems plague every region of this country, the specific substances of abuse differ from state to state. In this post, we’ll look at some of the most common addictions in Texas. Drug addiction is a public health crisis that has reached epidemic proportions across the United States and the soaring rates of heroin […]

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