It’s pharmaceutical title is innocuous enough, but Alprazolam doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as some of the other street names for Xanax. Footballs. Xannies (or Zannies). Totem poles. Handlebars. Z Bars. They’re all interchangeable terms for the prescription drug that’s the most recognizable of the benzodiazepine family, and one of the most commonly…

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signs you may be addicted to opioids

So check it out: Addiction is recognized as a disease, but the official diagnosis is called a “substance use disorder.” According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet…

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Not all who are chemically dependent are addicts, but many addicts are chemically dependent. The two terms mean very different things, especially when it comes to prescription medication. Individuals who are on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain or terminal diseases may very well be chemically dependent on the narcotics they’re prescribed, but that doesn’t…

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