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Can I Quit Drinking Without Rehab?
Jun 7, 2021

If you’ve been thinking about cutting down or stopping your alcohol use, you might be wondering whether you can quit drinking without rehab. Quitting alcohol can be difficult, and you may encounter many obstacles along the way that could hamper your efforts to get sober. Keep reading to learn more about why it’s often not […]

Gabapentin Withdrawal Symptoms, Signs & Side Effects
Feb 6, 2019

What Is Gabapentin? Gabapentin (marketed under the trade names Neurontin, Gralise, and Horizant) is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat partial seizures, postherpetic neuralgia, and other types of neuropathic pain. The Horizant extended-release formulation is approved for the treatment of restless leg syndrome.1 Though gabapentin abuse is relatively uncommon, studies have documented its misuse. Gabapentin […]

How Long Do Drugs Stay In Your System? (Drug Half-Life & Drug Tests)
Nov 5, 2018

A common question among people who use drugs—whether illicitly or by prescription—is, “How long will this drug stay in my body?” This question may be asked by those looking to understand how long the drug’s effects will last, when to expect the beginning of withdrawal, or whether they can pass a drug test, but the […]

How Long Does Gabapentin Stay in Your System?
Oct 22, 2018

Gabapentin is most recognizable by the brand name Neurontin, but there are numerous generic forms of gabapentin on the market and other brands of gabapentin (Gralise, Horizant, and others). Gabapentin is also used for numerous other purposes, including: Other forms of pain that are not related to nerve issues Anxiety that occurs in certain types […]

How Long Does Ativan Stay in Your System?
Oct 18, 2018

Ativan is one of the brand names for the benzodiazepine drug lorazepam. Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine drug that is most commonly prescribed for the treatment of clinically significant issues with anxiety and as an anesthetic or preanesthetic, but it may also be useful in treating seizures, as an aid for sleep, and in the treatment […]

How Long Do Benzodiazepines Stay in Your System?
Oct 17, 2018

How Do Benzos Work? Benzodiazepines enhance the effects of the neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which produces a calming effect in the brain.1,4 Neurotransmitters carry information between brain cells. When there is overstimulation in the brain—because of insomnia or anxiety, for instance—individuals take benzodiazepines, which send messages to calm the overstimulated brain, slowing its activity and […]

How Long Does Ritalin Stay in Your System?
Oct 17, 2018

Ritalin is a brand name for the drug methylphenidate, which is one of the approved treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin can also be used to treat the sleep disorder narcolepsy, a disorder where a person has problems staying awake during the day. The drug used to be only available in an immediate-release […]

How Long Does Methadone Stay in Your System?
Oct 16, 2018

Methadone Basics As a long-acting opioid agonist, orally administered methadone is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pain management and the treatment of opioid use disorders. Methadone offers a gradual onset of effects, which minimizes rewards associated with other faster routes of use while preventing withdrawal symptoms from shorter-acting opioids such as […]

Addiction Withdrawal: How to Help Someone Going Through Withdrawal
Aug 6, 2018

Drugs and alcohol change the chemical makeup of the brain, and regular use of mind-altering substances can cause dependence to form. Brain circuitry and chemistry will attempt to regulate as drugs and/or alcohol process out of the body after dependence has formed, and this causes withdrawal symptoms. The duration, intensity, and type of withdrawal symptoms […]

Codeine Withdrawal Symptoms, Timeline & Detox Treatment
Jul 30, 2018

When significant opioid dependence on codeine develops, people will often experience withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop using it or abruptly try to decrease their dosage.3 As with other acute opioid withdrawal syndromes, codeine withdrawal is not typically life-threatening. However, withdrawal from codeine can be severely unpleasant and present significant challenges to recovery attempts.3 […]

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