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addict

The Many Health Risks Associated with Dependence on Opiates

Drug dependence has severe consequences on virtually every organ system in the body, according to Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The chemical structure of opioids wreaks havoc on many aspects of the brain and cognition because of its chemical structure, leading to severe changes in personality, memory, learning and … Continue reading The Many Health Risks Associated with Dependence on Opiates


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Brightside Clinic

Brightside Clinic on Dealing With the Stigma of Drug Dependence

Recovering from drug dependence is incredibly stressful, not only because of the mental and physical effort involved in breaking the cycle of addiction, but also because of the stigma that surrounds drug use. Many recovering addicts find themselves labeled as “bad” people by others and struggle to find jobs that accept their history. The team … Continue reading Brightside Clinic on Dealing With the Stigma of Drug Dependence


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How to Recover With Drug Addiction Treatments

Whether you’ve suffered from drug dependency for years or have just recently developed a habit, the staff at Brightside Clinic in Northbrook, Illinois, says seeking help is vital for regaining control of your life. If you or someone you know is ready to conquer a drug addiction, Brightside Clinic suggests the following steps to reach the road to recovery. … Continue reading How to Recover With Drug Addiction Treatments


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Heroin Abuse

How to Help a Friend or Relative Battling With Heroin Abuse

Approaching someone about heroin abuse is challenging. Although it may be a difficult subject to breach, watching your loved one suffer is much worse. At Brightside Clinic in Northbrook, Illinois, their trusted addiction recovery center provides compassionate support and treatment to help people heal. Many people feel uncomfortable confronting someone about a drug abuse problem. Often, … Continue reading How to Help a Friend or Relative Battling With Heroin Abuse


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BRIGHTSIDE Illinois

BRIGHTSIDE Meets with Illinois Rep. Bob Dold

On January 20th, 2016, the BRIGHTSIDE team had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Illinois Rep. Bob Dold about the heroin crisis facing the Chicagoland area. During the meeting, we discussed several key issues around the heroin epidemic and we suggested some potential solutions to get people better and more affordable longer-term treatment. … Continue reading BRIGHTSIDE Meets with Illinois Rep. Bob Dold


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BRIGHTSIDE

BRIGHTSIDE Celebrates…Meagan

Meagan can still remember the first pain pill she ever took. On the day of her high school graduation, she took a Vicodin. She loved the high so much she soon tried OxyContin and other pain pills. Growing up in Missouri with divorced parents who let her live a “free range” childhood, Meagan started experimenting … Continue reading BRIGHTSIDE Celebrates…Meagan