Person experiencing signs of opioid addiction.

How to Recognize the Signs of Opioid Addiction

Opioid use disorder is an epidemic in the United States that affects millions of Americans. The widespread use of prescription opioids has led to substance use disorders increasing at an alarming rate and leaves individuals and their loved ones devastated. This makes knowing the signs of opioid addiction incredibly important.

Prescription painkillers, such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone (Vicodin), and other drugs like fentanyl, are all considered synthetic opioids. Substances like morphine, codeine, and heroin are “opiates,” which are naturally occurring.

Opioids are commonly prescribed for chronic pain management, surgery, dental procedures, and injuries, as they are potent painkillers.

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Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture: Which is Best for Your Condition?

You might assume that dry needling and acupuncture are the same, but there are key differences between these needling techniques.

Each has its own purpose and conditions it can treat, so you need to understand dry needling vs. acupuncture options before seeking treatment from your healthcare provider.

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A chiropractor administering an adjustment, one of many holistic healthcare approaches.

Explaining Holistic Healthcare: What Does It Really Mean?

Holistic healthcare has become synonymous with alternative medicine or non-conventional medicine – but is that actually what it means? There are a lot of misconceptions about the term “holistic,” and, as a result, people may avoid certain practices labeled “holistic therapies.”

However, many of these practices are widely accepted as an effective way to treat underlying causes of disease and manage chronic pain. Let’s explore what holism actually means when it comes to the medical system and your well-being.

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Let’s Talk about the Impact of Social Media on Adolescent Mental Health

Online socialization is part of everyday life. Thanks to smartphones, the internet is always just a tap or two away, leading to a drastic increase in the amount of time adolescents and young adults spend online. According to the Pew Research Center, nine in ten U.S. teens use social, with close to half admitting to high levels of screen time.

There’s no two ways about it – social networks impact the mental health of teens and young adults who are constantly online. It’s now a regular part of young people’s lives, so it’s important to understand the real-life consequences when it comes to excessive use of social media (and how to support those who are feeling the effects).

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Can Treatment for Gambling Addiction Improve My Life?

Gambling addiction, also known as problem gambling or gambling disorder, is a disease that plagues many people’s lives – from finances to physical and mental well-being. Unfortunately, now more than ever before, this risk is ever-present with access to casinos and the growing popularity of online gambling.

Similarly to other forms of addiction, problem gambling can cause changes in brain function, including the release of dopamine, that reinforce the addictive behavior.

But, problem gambling doesn’t have to affect you or your loved ones. Thankfully, there are many resources available that address both compulsive gambling and gambling addiction treatment.

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A woman discussing potential chiropractic care with her healthcare provider.

Does My Insurance Plan Cover Chiropractic Care?

If you‘re suffering from back pain or neck pain, you’ve likely considered chiropractic treatment as a potential pain relief option. But, does insurance cover a chiropractor?

The short answer is sometimes; it depends on your insurance coverage and in some cases the type of care you need — and why.

Regular chiropractic treatment is a great approach to pain management, often delivering relief for chronic pain from sciatica, osteoarthritis, and migraines. But, it’s hard to know when insurance plans cover chiropractic services. Let’s take a look at how insurance policies differ when it comes to whether or not they cover chiropractic treatment.

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11 Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider During Your Annual Physical Exam

Get the most out of your annual physical exam by knowing the most important questions to ask your healthcare provider.

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Find Your Footing: 13 Grounding Techniques for Anxiety

Feelings of anxiety can get the best of us from time to time. If you have an anxiety disorder, ADHD, or suffer from panic attacks, it’s important to seek medical advice from a mental health professional. That said, you also have to be able to manage your mental health in daily life by developing coping strategies that can be used anywhere and anytime.

Distressing thoughts and flashbacks can make it hard to know what to do – but, these simple grounding techniques for anxiety can help you return to the present moment.

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The Link Between ADHD and Depression in Adolescents

Depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are both common mental health conditions that young adults and adolescents experience. However, while they share some common symptoms, they are different things. A diagnosis of ADHD does not automatically mean a depression diagnosis – however, the two are often comorbidities.

Understanding the link between ADHD and depression – and the differences between the two – can help you or your loved one find the proper mental health care needed to manage the symptoms of either disorder.

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A woman receiving facial acupuncture treatment to reduce sinus pressure.

Why Medical Facial Acupuncture Is Not the Same as Cosmetic Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. From relieving stress to clearing sinuses, patients turn to acupuncturists to feel better — a route that is not usually considered in conventional medicine but has been used for thousands of years!

However, acupuncture that works with acupuncture points in the face is not the same as cosmetic acupuncture or Botox. While both have their pros and cons, medical facial acupuncture reaps benefits that are beyond the surface level.

Let’s cover everything you need to know about this holistic approach to whole-body healing.

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