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Does Suboxone Work?

We obviously believe in the power of suboxone in treating addiction, and the science backs it up! But still, plenty of people who are just beginning their journeys to recovery are unsure or curious, “does Suboxone work?” This time on Direct2Recovery we want to answer this question with a bit more detail, to cover any bases, questions, and insecurities anyone might have about suboxone and recovery.

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How To Support An Addict In Recovery

For many people struggling with addiction they can feel completely alone – even if that’s not the case. They may have tons of friends and family and loved ones around them that make up a crucial support network but… how do they ask for help? How do they reach out? This time on Direct2Recovery we want to give you tips on how you can help a loved one going through recovery.

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The Difference Between Psychological, Physiological Dependence and Addiction

Did you know that there are many stages that lead up to addiction? We all heard in school that all it takes is one time, and while that can be correct, it is often a fear tactic. In truth, addiction doesn’t happen overnight and it rarely happens if you take an opioid once. Most people first go through physiological dependence, and psychological dependence before they become a true addiction is formed. 

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Is Dating An Addict Dangerous?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that 10 percent of Americans will struggle with a substance use disorder at some point in their lifetime, there is a small chance that you, a friend, a loved one, or a future loved one could develop one in the future. For some, this is a deal breaker. But it’s not always that black and white. What if a substance use disorder occurs years into a marriage, or your significant other relapses? That’s what we’re tackling today; the stigma behind dating an addict — both the good and the bad. 

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How Opioid Use During Pregnancy Affects the Baby

There are many things you should do not if you’re pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or if your significant other is expecting. One of those things is taking opioids. Today, we’re going to talk about how opioid use during pregnancy affects everyone regardless of who takes it. 

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What is an Opioid Agonist and Antagonist

At Direct2Recovery, we like going into the science behind how Suboxone, Naltrexone, and other opioid antagonists work. But we realized we never described what an opioid agonist and antagonist are. So today, we’re answering that question. Hopefully this blog helps clear up any confusion around the medication we use in our medication-assisted treatments. 

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Drug Detox: Your First Steps and the Process

The process of getting sober is not an easy one. We’ll never sugar coat it for you. However, we do believe that knowledge is power. The more you know about the process, the more well equipped you’ll be to handle what comes next. That’s why we at Direct2Recovery wanted to discuss drug detox in today’s blog. 

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opioid cravings

Healthy Ways to Curb Opioid Cravings

We’ve all felt cravings before, some minor and some intense. However none are as intense as when you’re addicted to something, whether it be caffeine, sugar, or drugs. No matter what the substance is, cravings are normal. Hard to ignore, yes, but normal. Opioid cravings in particular are difficult to overcome because your brain chemistry has literally changed to need the drug. However, there are healthy ways to curb these opioid cravings to make them more manageable. 

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What Causes Addiction

What Causes Addiction?

Addiction is complicated. So many things can cause it, and so many things can’t. There are a multitude of myths and misconceptions surrounding addiction, so let’s get down to the truth. That’s what we’re addressing in today’s blog: what causes addiction. More specifically, what causes drug addiction?

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