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January 8, 2020
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New Discoveries About Alcoholism’s Origins in the Brain

Scientists have attempted to understand the origins of alcoholism and addiction within the brain, and one new study has linked a brainstem circuit with compulsive alcohol abuse. There may be more causes for alcoholism within the brain than previously thought.
January 6, 2020
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Is the Co-Responder Model Working in Massachusetts?

Mental illness is not a crime, which is why many communities are developing co-responder programs to help individuals in need. Massachusetts has started utilizing a co-responder model for communities in the state, but how effective is offering mental health assistance over incarceration for actions?
December 19, 2019
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The Rise of Meth in Mass

There’s a growing problem of meth addiction in Massachusetts and this rising trend is dangerous for users and communities. Banyan Treatment Centers Massachusetts analyzes this rising trend of meth use and shares tips for curbing the growth of meth use statewide.
December 19, 2019
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How to Tell if a Loved One is Doctor Shopping

When a person visits multiple doctors or healthcare professionals to try to obtain more prescription drugs than recommended, they are doctor shopping. Banyan Treatment Centers Massachusetts is sharing common signs of doctor shopping and what to do if your loved one is abusing prescription drugs or opioids.
December 13, 2019
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Kindergarten Heroin Arrest in Massachusetts

A Holyoke kindergartener allegedly brought heroin to his school’s classroom saying the drugs made him feel like “Spiderman.” The child’s father was arrested, but the story about this heroin arrest in Massachusetts doesn’t stop there. Learn about what happened here.
December 13, 2019
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The Truth about Marijuana Addiction

As states continue legalizing marijuana, many people are wondering if weed is addictive. Yes, marijuana can be addictive, and people can form marijuana dependence. Learn more about signs of marijuana addiction and how to treat it.
November 18, 2019
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Finding Sober Parties in Massachusetts for New Year’s Eve

Ready for a sober New Year’s Eve? Check out these tips on finding sober parties in Massachusetts for New Year’s Eve so you can ring in 2020 with sobriety in hand.
November 18, 2019
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Discussing Addiction on Sesame Street

Sesame Street has historically tackled tough topics in a way kids can understand and feel supported. A recent episode did just that with the opioid epidemic by introducing a character whose mother struggles with addiction. The show is helping children of addicted parents feel supported and loved.
October 21, 2019
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Hepatitis C Cases Are On the Rise in Massachusetts

Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the Hep C virus that can be spread through needles by IV drug users. Banyan Treatment Centers Massachusetts explores HCV in Massachusetts along with the strong connection between using IV drug use and Hep C.
October 21, 2019
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Energy Drink Addictions – Signs, Symptoms, and What To Do

Energy drinks may do more than put a pep in your step. Energy drink addiction is a health concern with real consequences. Learn the signs of energy drink addiction and what you can do to kick the habit from Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts.
April 11, 2019
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Why Join an Alumni Program?

After getting sober, many patients have a tough time making new friends in sobriety. Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts offers an alumni program where former Banyan patients can connect, supporting each other’s sobriety while having fun.
November 20, 2017

Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment Before the Holidays

As the holiday season quickly approaches, many who are suffering from addiction are faced with an important, and difficult, choice. Is it better to seek drug and alcohol treatment before the holidays, or wait until after? Many addicts are worried about disappointing their families, missing out on celebrations and raising questions from nosy relatives when they don’t show up at the dinner table.
November 2, 2017

What is Heroin and How Does Someone Start Using It?

Heroin suppresses the central nervous system and its functions like heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and temperature regulation. It also binds to opioid receptors, increasing chemicals in the brain that are responsible for releasing feelings of pleasure. When this occurs, euphoria comes in and the user is experiencing a “high.” When heroin is abused, a rush of pleasure occurs, and when it is removed, the opposite effect takes place.
October 11, 2017

Addiction and Mental Health Treatment for College Students

Alcohol and drug abuse is a common issue among the college “party scene” and culture. Many students start experimenting with drugs at a young age recreationally and access to the drugs becomes easier to obtain without having parental supervision 24-7 like they once had at home. We see time and time again, students’ stress and anxiety levels increase when they experience dramatic lifestyle changes and leaving for college can be one of them.