Allison Seriani
January 6, 2020
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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Linked With Black Tar Heroin Use

In San Diego, cases of a flesh-eating bacteria linked with black tar heroin have been making national news. Learn more about this deadly bacteria and why black tar heroin is so dangerous.
December 23, 2019
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Celebrating Sobriety Milestones: Why & How to Celebrate

Celebrating sobriety is important. If you haven’t been celebrating these sobriety milestones, here is why you should start and some fun celebration ideas.
December 23, 2019
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Everything You Need To Know About Spice/K2

Is Spice addictive? What are the negative side effects of Spice? Is it like marijuana? With so much mystery surrounding this popular new drug, our rehab is explaining some of the basics of Spice and K2.
December 23, 2019
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Drugs and Athletes: Why Do Athletes Use Drugs?

If they need to have their bodies in top physical performance, then why do athletes use drugs that can harm them? We are looking at some common reasons why athletes use drugs.
December 23, 2019
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UPS Drug Bust: Mail Order Drug Trade No More

Drug traffickers have allegedly started using mail trucks to transport their goods throughout the United States. Learn more about this UPS drug bust and how they took advantage of their posts.
December 17, 2019
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What to Do If Your Loved One Relapses

If you loved one relapses, you may not know what to do or say. At Banyan Chicago we are sharing some pointers on how to help someone who relapsed.
December 13, 2019
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Living With An Addict

Having a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is one thing but living with an addict can be another big problem. Follow these tips to survive living with an addict and work on moving forward for both of you.
December 13, 2019
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Gender and Drug Abuse: Surprising Gender Differences in Addiction

The sexes can vary in many aspects. At Banyan Chicago we are going over some gender difference in addiction worth noting.
December 10, 2019
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The Introduction of Meth 2.0 & What it Means for the US

Meth 2.0 is taking the United States by storm, but what is so special about this new meth and how will it affect the country in the coming years?
December 9, 2019
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New Chicago DEA Leader & The Future of Chicago Drug Trafficking

Chicago has a history of drug trafficking and violence, but Robert Bell, the new Chicago DEA leader has a lot to say about this.
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.
March 10, 2017

Brandon Novak: I was Deemed “Unfixable”

Years of being a professional skateboarder turned prankster lead to a destructive path down the road of addiction. Brandon Novak is leading an extremely interesting life to say the least. He sat down at Banyan Treatment Center and told us about his youth, his path to destruction, his battle with addiction, how he got sober, the rewards of recovery, and his introduction to Banyan.