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Signs of a Xanax Overdose

Xanax is a prescription medication used to treat conditions such as panic disorders, anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Used properly, it is safe. However, it is a highly addictive substance and, if misused, it can also lead to life-threatening complications, including Xanax overdose. If you believe your loved one is overdosing, call 911 immediately. If your…

Women experiencing signs of heroin abuse

Signs of Heroin Abuse

The City of Houston is taking steps to curb drug and alcohol use. The city offers several programs designed to coordinate projects in the area for just this purpose. They also work to raise awareness about heroin addiction and other forms of drug abuse. That starts with providing information to the public. For example, what…

women holding pill in one hand and glass of alcohol in the other, Mixing Adderall And Alcohol

Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol

Mixing Adderall and alcohol is a risky habit. Adderall, often used to treat Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a stimulant. Alcohol is a depressant. When taken together, each drug cancels out the effects of the other. When this happens, the person who’s mixing the two may accidentally overdose on one or both. If you’re currently…

Holding pill bottles for Prescription Take-Back

What is a Prescription Take-Back?

April 24th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, but what does that mean? For many, it is about going to their medicine cabinets and clearing out all the expired and unused medication. The goal of the day, though, is to address an increasingly troubling public health problem, prescription drug abuse. If you’re suffering from an…

Woman laying her head down showing signs of opiate abuse

Signs of Opiate Abuse

Opiate and opioid abuse continue to be a growing problem in Houston and the surrounding area. In 2018, there was a spike in drug poisoning deaths. Opiates like opioids are highly addictive. Knowing the signs of opiate abuse can be the first step in getting you or someone you love the help they need, like…

Depression and Drug Addiction

Depression and Drug Addiction

Why do depression and drug addiction often go hand-in-hand? Either of these conditions can occur first, leading to the onset of the other. Using drugs to cope with the underlying symptoms of depression is relatively common, yet it creates a number of health risks. At Serenity House Detox Houston, we offer a complete treatment program…

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Long-Term Effects of Painkillers

Painkillers such as opioids are dangerous in the long term for most people. These drugs can cause addiction and dependence. They can also cause physical changes and health complications when taken over a long time. Because of these complications, it’s often best for a person not to use these drugs for extended periods. If you’re…

opioid withdrawal

Oxycontin Can Lead to Opioid Withdrawal

Given all the bad press related to opioid abuse and addiction, we can forget that Oxycontin works as a viable pharmaceutical for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Unfortunately, the brand-name drug has become one of the world’s most abused prescription narcotics. In far too many cases, Oxycontin has become a medical scrouge that…

Prescription Drug Abuse

Getting Help for Prescription Drug Abuse

In recent years, prescription medications have become the leading cause of overdose deaths in the United States. Many people don’t realize how bad the prescription drug problem currently is because the heroin epidemic is also huge. When people think about drug abuse, they think of drugs like heroin, cocaine, and meth. The reality is that…