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The Scary Truth About Lomotil Abuse

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1960, Lomotil is a brand name for the generic drug diphenoxylate and atropine. Each Lomotil tablet contains 2.5 mg diphenoxylate hydrochloride and .025 mg atropine sulfate. Diphenoxylate hydrochloride is an antidiarrheal drug. A small amount of the anticholinergic atropine sulfate is added to discourage deliberate abuse. Atropine sulfate causes unpleasant side effects like rapid heart rate, dry mouth and blurry vision, however, a significantly high dose is required to produce these intolerable side effects.

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How to Survive Early Sobriety

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Alcohol and drug addiction takes a toll on interpersonal relationships, family life, marriage or domestic partnerships, friendships and work. Although getting professional help is an essential first step, interpersonal challenges don’t disappear after the person in recovery returns home or to work.

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Depression and Suicide Prevention

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The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain sparked a cascade of star-studded confessions of secret struggles with depression from celebrities like Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing and Jennifer Esposito.

This is often the case when the death of a celebrity by their own hand makes headlines. The hope is to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and aid in suicide prevention.

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Dealing With Anger Toward an Addict

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If you love an addict, one emotion you’re sure to feel a lot of is anger. Addiction drives people to cross boundaries. They’ll take, then take some more. They’ll test your patience and your love. They’ll ask for forgiveness and promise not to repeat their mistakes. Then, they’ll do it all over again.  Continue reading

How to Talk to a Loved One in Recovery

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By Michael Desjardins, APRN PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Supervisor

Loving someone in recovery is difficult. While you feel relieved that they’re sober, the fear of relapse may always be in the back of your mind. You wonder if they’ll revert to old, destructive patterns. You worry about whom they spend their time with and whether they’ll slip up if they attend that concert or go to that party. You may feel uneasy bringing up these concerns for fear of alienating them or triggering them.

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