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Terra cotta bowl and clear capsules containing powdered kratom.

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 …

Yellow and green tramadol capsules in a blister pack.

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 …

Glass of alcohol and pills, a common combination for cross addiction patients.

The Challenge of Treating Cross Addictions

What is cross addiction? Cross addiction, also known as addiction transfer or addiction interaction disorder, is a term for when a person with one addiction develops another addiction to something else. These addictions can occur at the same time (polydrug addiction) or they may happen months, years or even decades apart. In addition, these addictions …

Blue holiday ornaments hanging on a frosted Christmas tree with white lights.

‘Tis the Season to Be Healthy: Helpful Tips to Survive the Holidays

The holiday season is a special time of year full of celebrations with family members and loved ones. Whether it’s traveling to see extended family, having kids home from college, or reconnecting with out-of-town friends, the holidays are often an exciting way to end the year. While this time is often associated with joy, it …