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The Addiction Resource Center is a project of the Addiction Policy Forum, a non-profit organization committed to eliminating addiction as a major health issue. The ARC supports patients, families, and providers with information about addiction and connects them to quality treatment and recovery resources through our national database and helpline.

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Ask a Counselor: What is Contingency Management?

By Addiction Resource Center on August 20, 2019

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Ask a Counselor: Yes, Mixing Substances is Dangerous and Potentially Lethal

By Addiction Resource Center on July 24, 2019

It is important to understand how substances, including prescribed medications, can interact with each other and other substances. Mixing medications-- whether the medication is prescribed by a doctor, available over-the-counter, or otherwise-- can be dangerous both in the long and the short-term. Make sure to consult with your prescribing doctor when you have any questions about what medications you are taking and how they may interact with other substances you may be using. It is also important to know what your medications are being prescribed to treat, and to be honest when your doctor ask what medications or supplements you are taking so they can better understand what may interact negatively with each other.

It is important to note that mixing 2 or more substances significantly increases the risk of dangerous or fatal effects. For example, a study done in Florida found that over 90% of opioid overdose deaths in the state included other, non-opioid drugs with an average of 2–3 drugs other than the opioids found at autopsy. (1)

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Ask a Counselor: How can I help my family understand what I’m going through?

By Addiction Resource Center on June 18, 2019

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Ask a Counselor: What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

By Addiction Resource Center on May 29, 2019

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