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From tips on preventing substance use to guidance on managing recovery from addiction, here at Partnership to Addiction we have the information and resources you need at every step of the way.

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Trauma can feel like a powerful wind, and can leave a person feeling broken and lost. When someone is hurting like that, it’s not uncommon to turn to anything that can make the pain go away, even for just a little while. That’s where substances come in.
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Nitazenes are powerful lab-made opioids, such as metonitazene and isotonitazene, with no approved medical use. They are potentially 40 times stronger than fentanyl and are difficult to detect through standard drug tests or testing strips.
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When we talk about harm reduction, we are not asking our loved ones to use substances less or to stop altogether; rather, we want them to be safe. Having these conversations can be difficult, but communication strategies like the Information Sandwich can help.
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The FDA and many state health agencies are raising the alarm about tianeptine, also called “gas station heroin." It is illegally marketed in smoke shops, convenience stores, gas stations and online as a dietary supplement, research chemical or brain enhancer. Some of the more common brand names include ZaZa, Pegasus, Neptune’s Fix and Tianna Red.
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Ibogaine is a natural substance found in the root of a plant that grows in West Africa. In small amounts, ibogaine works as a mild stimulant, and people have been using it for a long time to fight tiredness, hunger, and thirst. When taken in larger amounts, it can create strong mind-altering experiences.
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Developed in Switzerland, the Bernese Method allows your loved one to continue using their opioid of choice at first, while adding in small, increasing doses of buprenorphine at the same time. This gradual approach has led to promising results, as patients report the process to be more manageable and less overwhelming.
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I’ve heard from countless young people that the reason they got into recovery was because of the connection with a parent who fought for them when they couldn’t figure out how to help themselves.

Pat Aussem, L.P.C., M.A.C.

Master Addictions Counselor, Vice President, Consumer Clinical Content Development at Partnership to End Addiction

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