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Xylazine, Called Tranq, Is Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

What Is Xylazine? Xylazine is a powerful drug used for sedation, anesthesia, muscle relaxation and pain relief in animals, such as horses and cattle. It’s not an opioid. It’s a tranquilizer approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for veterinary use, but it is not for human use. Why Xylazine is Dangerous

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What You Need to Know About Medicaid Redetermination

If you are a Medicaid enrollee, then you should be familiar with the annual renewal, or annual eligibility determination, process. However, the federal government put annual renewals on pause in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That temporary stop has been lifted, and in April 2023 the redetermination process

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Harm Reduction In America

Harm reduction is a proactive and practical approach to reducing the negative personal and public health consequences associated with “unpopular” behavior by improving policies, programs, inventions, and practices. When applied to substance use, harm reduction  acknowledges that completely abstaining from drugs is not a realistic solution for everyone. Its primary

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Taking Steps Against Stigma

As part of our multi-part series examining stigma and its role in recovery, this blog tells about how the public is beginning to embrace abstinence over mind-altering substances and how the paradigm shift is inspiring some innovative business concepts. Now, more than ever, the world is finally making room at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Entering treatment is a big deal and with it comes a lot of questions. Here are the ones we hear most often.  How do opioids work? Opioids attach to receptors in the brain. Once attached, they block pain, slow breathing, and produce a calming, anti-depressing effect. This

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Guest Dose With Us

Guest Dose With Us!

Whether you are visiting from another city, state, or country, we are happy to accommodate you when you travel. To ensure your visit with us goes smoothly, there are things you should do in advance. 1. Notify your home clinic Notify your home clinic of your plans to guest dose

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What Will Your Rock Bottom Be?

The lowest point, the worst of the worst, the ‘rock bottom’. Call it what you will, many people who suffer from addiction have a personal story of landing at a place so low, there’s no further place to fall. People have told us… “I lost my marriage and then lost

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What’s It Like To Be Addicted to Opioids?

 “If they can choose to use, they can choose to stop.” We hear that a lot. But what if that statement is incorrect? What if a person addicted truly cannot stop?  If you’ve never experienced addiction, we have an illustration we’d like for you to consider, but before we do

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