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The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) and Detox

COWS is an assessment tool used in treatment and clinical settings to help decide if a client who uses opioids needs medication-assisted withdrawal or treatment. This scale is used to determine whether to utilize drugs such as methadone or buprenorphine as part of a...

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Can the Weather Affect Addiction?

We’ve all had those days where we’ve woken up grumpy, looked outside at the gray clouds, and stayed gloomy for at least part of the day. Rainy days and cold, gray days are often viewed as “dreary.” So it’s no wonder that some people attribute their drug use to the...

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How Emotions Contribute to Addiction

Addiction is a spiritual, physical and mental disease. Nobody sets out using drugs because he or she wants to be addicted. However, when a person starts abusing drugs, they may find that it’s helps them avoid negative emotions. As time progresses, addiction makes...

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Coping with Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Not everyone is aware of it, but there is usually more than one stage of withdrawal when a person gets clean and sober. The first stage, which is short-term, is called acute. It usually lasts a few days to a few weeks and it’s often intense. The second stage of...

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The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana, also called K2, Spice and “fake weed,” is a drug that has only emerged in the last several years. When it first was being distributed, K2 and Spice promised similar effects to marijuana and said that these effects were created by releasing...

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Managing Anger in Recovery

In the world today, there are a lot of things to be angry about. Or are there? Why is anger such a part of everyday life? For people in recovery, it can be a dangerous or toxic emotion. Anger is shown on tv more often that sadness or happiness. On police dramas and...

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