drug addiction
Ambien and Alcohol

Ambien and Alcohol: A Dangerous Combination

Ambien is the brand name of the medication known as zolpidem, which is used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Often referred to as a “downer,” Ambien assists a person’s brain into a state of relaxation, which helps them fall asleep. Many people who suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia find it difficult...
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COVID PTSD: How Pandemic Stress Affects Veterans

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown many different challenges at everyone in the United States over the past year. Unfortunately, the country isn’t in the clear yet. Even as the vaccine provides protection to more and more Americans, there are long-lasting side effects from the coronavirus pandemic, including COVID PTSD. But what exactly is COVID PTSD?...
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Veterans Chemical Dependency and Addiction

Chemical Dependency: Substance Abuse in Veterans

Chemical dependency can come in many forms. While dependency on chemicals can range from anything from prescription opioids to heroin, it will oftentimes lead to addiction. And veterans are at especially high risk for chemical dependency, as the trauma and stresses of service can turn many to substance use drugs and alcohol’s time to get...
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cocaine overdose symptoms

Cocaine Overdose Symptoms: Protecting At-Risk Veterans

Cocaine overdoses are on the rise in Florida. In fact, research shows that one in five fatal overdoses are related to cocaine use. Thus, it’s important to recognize cocaine overdose symptoms so that you can get help before it is too late. Today, we will take a look at cocaine overdose symptoms as well as...
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What is krokodil

What Is Krokodil? Veteran Opioid Abuse

More and more veterans are facing the risks of using an addictive drug known as krokodil. But what is krokodil, and how is it impacting veterans? Below, we’ll examine the known uses of krokodil, the risk factors for veterans who use this drug, and your options for getting treatment for opioid addiction today. Veteran Use...
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signs of addiction

Signs of Addiction: Spotting Veteran Substance Use Disorders

There are various signs of addiction, but they can vary depending on the substance, lifestyle factors, and the mental health of the individual. For example, veterans may display different symptoms of addiction than civilians, even if they share the same addiction. For this reason, it’s important that veterans have their own resource for spotting the...
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stages of addiction

Understanding the 5 Stages of Addiction for Veterans

Addiction is a challenging disorder that threatens the lives of veterans each and every day in the United States. To better know how to combat the symptoms of this disorder, one must first understand the five stages of addiction for veterans. Here, we cover all of the stages of addiction in order to help veterans...
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phases of drug dependence

What Are the Stages of Recovery for Veterans?

The substance abuse recovery process looks different for everybody who goes through it, but this is especially true for veterans, who often struggle with co-occurring mental health conditions on top of addiction. So what exactly are the stages of recovery for veterans? Below, we’ll detail all of the stages of recovery for veterans to demonstrate...
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painkiller addiction

Painkiller Addiction: More Opioids for COVID Long Haulers

For many people with COVID-19, the recovery process was very simple and took only a few weeks. But for others, side effects of COVID-19 persist. Known as COVID long haulers, these individuals can experience symptoms and side effects of COVID-19 long after their body has stopped fighting the virus. And in some contexts, this can...
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Fake Xanax

Can You Spot Fake Xanax? How Veterans Can Stay Safe

Fake Xanax bars are spreading throughout the United States. This medication is meant to soothe the nerves, but counterfeit pressed Xanax bars are actually causing people to fatally overdose time and time again.  If you have ever taken anxiety medications or you are currently struggling with an addiction to drugs, it’s possible that you have...
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