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What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

When it comes to treating substance abuse and addiction, many (if not most) patients we see come into treatment not only struggling to control their alcohol or drug use, but also dealing with one or more co-occurring mental health conditions – a situation known as a dual diagnosis. Dual-diagnosis treatment is the method of treating …

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What is “California Sober”?

What does California Sober mean? California Sober (or Cali Sober for short) is a slang term that’s a way of saying someone doesn’t use hard drugs (i.e., stimulants, opioids) but they still partake in “soft” drugs like marijuana – and, depending on whose definition you’re going off, alcohol. Some even include occasional use of hallucinogens …

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The Truth About Kratom Use, Abuse, Addiction

The popularity of kratom in the United States has been on the rise for more than 20 years but picked up steam in the past decade. Those who advocate for its use often tout the drug as a safer alternative to prescription opioids such as oxycodone for uses like pain management – as well as an …

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What Makes Tramadol Addiction Unique Among Opioids?

Tramadol (marketed as Ultram) is an opioid pain medication that has been available in the United States for decades and is prescribed to tens of thousands of Americans every year for moderate to moderately severe pain.   Like with other opioid pain medications, however, many people who start off using tramadol for legitimate uses eventually …