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  • How to Help a Methylphenidate Addict

    Methylphenidate abuse is increasingly prevalent and can be an extremely hard habit to kick. Helping someone with an addiction can take time and several attempts. However, with the help and support of loved ones along with the right treatment, ...

    ... the trade names Ritalin and Concerta , is prescribed for treatment of ADD and ADHD. While it is ... risks of addiction and overdose. What are the Signs of Addiction? When some develops a methylphenidate addiction-for example, ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is a powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough suppressant and a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Studies show that hydrocodone is: More beneficial ...

    ... have great benefit, the risk of tolerance, addiction, dependence, overdose, and death from hydrocodone is high. Treatment is vital for someone facing an opiate addiction. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

    Help for Opiates Addicts Opiates are some of the most abused drugs in America, with prescription opiates accounting for up to 5.1 million cases of addiction. Around 210 million doses of opiates, including morphine , OxyContin and Vicodin , were ...

    ... , such as: Cramping. Nausea. Fever. Runny nose. Sweating. Diarrhea. Cravings. What Are the Signs of Addiction? The main symptom of opiate abuse and addiction is that you keep taking the drug no matter wha t, even despite ... continue reading
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  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates—such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin —are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... overdose. Minimize the spread of infectious disease. Reduce the risk of harmful behavior and criminal activity associated with opiate addiction. Physicians will select which option is best for patients depending on their ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction

    Vicodin addiction creates a variety of negative consequences for every person. The consequences of Vicodin use can be costly, both physically and emotionally. Like many other drugs of its kind, it is caused by the desire to enhance ones mood or at ...

    ... mood or at the very least, get to a place where they are comfortable and relaxed. A Vicodin addiction, one of the many prescription drug addictions, is the abuse of a drug with or without the written prescription from a ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Helping a loved one with a Dilaudid addiction can be incredibly challenging. It is important to be supportive and helpful without enabling your loved one to continue using. Some tips from the National Council on Alcoholism ...

    ... environment. There are many maintenance medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone prescribed for opiate addiction that may be used to assist with detoxification or to prevent relapse on a long ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    If you or a loved one abuses opioids, you should know that opioid addiction treatment can be a beneficial and potentially lifesaving intervention. 1 It can be challenging and uncomfortable to stop using opioids on your own. 2 Opioid rehab can help ...

    ... want to know how to help someone with an opiate addiction, you should be aware of the options for opioid addiction treatment. Keep reading to learn more about opioid treatment programs and how you or a loved one can get ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... of other substance abuse. This means that people with prior addictions may be more likely to abuse tramadol . Overall, the problem of people abusing opiates and other pain relievers in the US is a major problem. For ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone History and Statistics

    Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, or 'painkiller' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ...

    ... , oxycodone also has significant potential for abuse and addiction. Like all opiates, it works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, and these receptors are responsible for both: Although ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Addiction

    Tramadol is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for pain relief. 1 Used as prescribed, tramadol can be effective for managing moderate to moderately severe pain. 1 Like other prescription opioid painkillers, it has the potential for misuse, ...

    ... cases contribute to compulsive patterns of use that are common to opioid use disorders. Tramadol addiction and other opioid use disorders are characterized by compulsive or uncontrolled use that can lead to potentially ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

    Prescription opioids are medications to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery, an injury, or specific medical conditions such as cancer. 1 Prescription opioids have become increasingly accepted as treatment for other types of chronic pain, ...

    ... of opioids may also increase the risk for developing an addiction and/or lead to an overdose. 3 Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Opioid Addiction It can be difficult to identify when someone is misusing prescription ... continue reading
  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications that manage pain and, furthermore, exhibit activity throughout the brain's pleasure centers. Their interaction with opioid receptors in the brain results in a down-modification of the sensations of ...

    ... since the abused medication was prescribed to them by a doctor. You might be suffering from an addiction to painkillers and need treatment if you are: Taking medicine prescribed for someone else. Taking more than what's ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

    The risk of addiction is not limited to the use of illicit substances like heroin or cocaine. Legal drugs have the potential to cause devastating addiction, as well, even if they were initially legitimately prescribed. The Substance Abuse and Mental ...

    ... are not responsible for your loved one's substance use. Instead, it recognizes the role you play in their addiction and ways that you can worsen use or improve the situation. Through CRAFT, you'll work to find the right ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... treatment is functionally the same as most other forms of opiate addiction care. You'll be given an assessment when you walk in the door, and this will determine the path your treatment plan will follow. Options ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Morphine Addict

    With approximately 52 million people in the U.S. having used prescription drugs nonmedically in their lifetime, widespread addiction to drugs like morphine is increasingly becoming a problem. When someone begins to engage in abuse morphine, it's ...

    ... you started down the road to recovery and normal living . Addiction Treatment Due to the serious symptoms that come with morphine addiction and withdrawal, and the fact that opiate addiction is very hard for many people ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same ...

    ... control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to dependency and addiction if it is abused. It's ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 ...

    ... behaviors connected to drug use, improve their health and life skills, and continue additional forms of treatment (such as medication). 5 How to Find Help for Opiate Addiction If you or a loved one is struggling with an ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? “Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem.” Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The ...

    ... risk of these phenomena even when the medication is taken as prescribed and, over time, addiction may be the end result. Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... . Lead to mental health problems. In the above cases, someone with an opiate addiction will commit more time, effort, and resources to obtaining and using the desired drug. This will leave fewer resources to manage the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Morphine Use

    Morphine, an opiate narcotic painkiller , is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse. It can be a great option for patients in pain; however, when used recreationally or in inappropriately high doses, ...

    ... risk associated with long-term use of morphine is the development of addiction. Opiate addiction can ravage your life and that of your loved ones. Morphine addiction can cause you to: Lose interest in family, friends ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

    OxyContin is a dangerous drug when not used properly, and it's easy to fall into the trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How to Approach an ...

    ... . Is OxyContin Addictive? Like all opiates, OxyContin is potentially addictive. OxyContin attaches ... in order to buy the drug. OxyContin addiction doesn't have to be a life sentence , and you can take the first step to ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone can lead to serious health and social consequences, making the support of family and friends a priority. Loved ones can play an important role in helping an addicted individual seek ...

    ... process. Depending on the severity of your opioid addiction, treatment may include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for the management of opiate withdrawal and cravings. Medications used as part of MAT may ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... epidemic of prescription opioid abuse. Getting Help for Opiate Addiction If you or someone you know is suffering under the weight of prescription pill abuse and/or heroin addiction, you are not alone. There are a number ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangers of misusing Tussionex, stating that abusing it can ...

    ... Withdrawal symptoms appear when Tussionex use is stopped or reduced. If you suffer from an addiction to Tussionex and/or another substance, call to speak to a treatment support specialist about rehab options. Withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

    Methylphenidate is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for ADHD and ADD under the brand names Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate Abuse: An Introduction Methylphenidate comes ...

    ... to them for a medical condition, such as ADHD. Teens may begin abusing prescription stimulants like ... your teen: Have a conversation about drugs, addiction, and specifically methylphenidate. ( Drugfree.org reports that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... ), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, ... a friend, family member, or anyone else close to you. Addiction and dependence can be harmful to even the brightest future, so ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... of ways. If you or a loved one is struggling to get free from an opiate addiction, call to learn about recovery programs and how to find the best treatment option for your situation. Lortab Short-term Effects Lortab ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to treat relatively severe pain and is available in liquid or tablet form. As a schedule II prescription ...

    ... prevent abuse. Learn more about teen drug misuse . Resources, Articles and More Information For more information about prescription opiate addiction, see the National Institute on Drug Abuse 's website: Commonly Abused ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

    Help for Norco Addicts Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate to severe symptoms of pain, such as that which accompanies dental work or surgery. Norco is a narcotic and is associated with an ...

    ... Call Our Hotline Today Recovery from opiate addiction is not easily done alone. There are a number of treatment options available to assist you with recovering from addiction to this drug and reclaiming your life. Don't ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... It is often used as part of a long-term maintenance plan against opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate cravings. It is often combined with naloxone (as Suboxone), which helps prevent ... continue reading
  • Norco Abuse

    Norco is a prescription medication that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen . It is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain . Taking Norco in amounts exceeding prescribed doses, for lengths of time longer than recommended, or ...

    ... , can result in tolerance to the drug and the development of addiction. In fact, Norco can be habit-forming ... the narcotic in combination with another drug. Opiates accounted for 75% of pharmaceutical overdoses in ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse “Codeine addiction is a widespread, far-reaching problem that spans across ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.” Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a ...

    ... . If you or someone you love is exhibiting these signs and might need help with a codeine addiction , call for free at to learn about opiate recovery options. Effects of Codeine Abuse There are many unpleasant side ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse

    What Is Lortab? Lortab is a brand name for the drug hydrocodone. Lortab is a semi-synthetic opiate that, in large does, produces similar effects to those of OxyContin. Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, ...

    ... drug hydrocodone. Lortab is a semi-synthetic opiate that, in large does, produces similar effects to those of OxyContin. Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, recreational use of Lortab ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used narcotic pain relievers such as ...

    ... Overdose Opiate Hotline Numbers To share your story or talk to others who understand, visit our Forum today. Dilaudid Addiction Treatment Levels of Care Inpatient Rehab Programs Outpatient Rehab Programs 3-Day, 5-Day and ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ultram's potential for abuse has been ...

    ... the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates . Signs and Symptoms of Ultram Abuse While many ... supportive community of people discussing addiction and recovery. Ultram Addiction Treatment Levels of Care Inpatient Rehab ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... a person perceives pain, effectively diminishing the pain signal sent from the body to the brain. In essence, opiate and opioid drugs don't make your pain go away, they just change the experience of pain. Fentanyl is a ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse

    What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after a patient has undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be ...

    ... wait to seek help. Call to learn how about addiction treatment and the road to recovery. Effects of Fentanyl Abuse When ... Per a report by the CDC, those addicted to opiate painkillers are 40 times more likely to abuse or ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever , useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to ...

    ... including addiction, tolerance, and dependence . Short Term Effects of Vicodin Since Vicodin contains hydrocodone - an opioid substance - the drug will lead to effects that are similar to other opiates like morphine and ... continue reading
  • Morphine Abuse

    What Is Morphine? Morphine is the primary chemical component in opium. It is an opioid analgesic drug that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of ...

    ... of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other opiates slow the normal movement of the digestive ... comfort. Key Statistics The problem of morphine abuse and addiction is a significant one. According to the Center ... continue reading
  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of pure hydrocodone (Hysingla, Zohydro) or in combination with other pain relievers like ibuprofen ...

    ... in terms of increasing the risk of adverse drug effects, drug toxicity and/or overdose, as well as the potential for addiction. Extended-release formulations are frequently abused because they contain larger amounts of ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) ...

    ... the most significant effects to be aware of regarding hydromorphone abuse manifest as tolerance, physiological dependence, withdrawal, and addiction 3 . Tolerance is the need to take more of a drug over time as the body ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    The epidemic of painkiller addiction is well known, and OxyContin (oxycodone) has arguably been the most notorious prescription opioid at the center of this public health emergency. Drugs like OxyContin have filled the news in recent years due to ...

    ... the development of physical dependence and, ultimately, opioid addiction in individuals who abuse the ... risk of seizures , an issue not typically associated with opiate use. Though not well understood, the risk of this ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Abuse

    What Is Vicodin? Physicians often prescribe Vicodin—a combination of hydrocodone (an opiate) and acetaminophen—for the relief of moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, ...

    ... central nervous system depressant, such as alcohol , another opiate , or a barbiturate . The U.S. National ... on the path to a happier and healthier life. American Addiction Centers (AAC) maintains trusted facilities ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... that can prompt the person to desire taking the drug again. 11 Actiq use may lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs of abuse, continued use of Actiq can lead to tolerance ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

    Fentanyl is an opiate narcotic used to relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine ...

    ... similarly to more commonly well-known drugs like heroin and morphine , both of which can rapidly lead to addiction. Like other opiates, it interacts with the body's opiate receptors, which are the parts of the brain that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. [/box] Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious ...

    ... a therapeutic dose of some other opiate) . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't have an opioid tolerance ... all of these situations can turn fatal. If fentanyl abuse and addiction has a hold on you, a friend, or someone ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

    Help for Percocet Addicts If you're battling an addiction to Percocet (the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately ...

    Help for Percocet Addicts If you're battling an addiction to Percocet (the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... the side effects for other opiate analgesics and may include: Nausea and vomiting. Dry mouth. Constricted ... Do I Know If Someone Is Addicted? Addiction is manifested by signs and symptoms such as: The inability to stop ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tramadol Addict

    Help for Tramadol Addiction If you have been struggling with an addiction to tramadol, or you know someone who has, finding the proper treatment program is essential. Treatment for addiction can restore your quality of life. Regardless of how long ...

    ... lectures about addiction and recovery . Is Tramadol Addictive? Tramadol (trade name: Ultram) is prescribed by doctors to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. The medication is considered an opiate agonist, which ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) that is frequently prescribed to manage moderate to severe levels of pain—such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of ...

    ... overlap with both opiate and anti-depressant withdrawal syndromes and include: Gastrointestinal pain ... behaviors that may have contributed to your addiction. Your friends and family may also receive therapy to help ... continue reading
  • Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a serious national health ...

    ... are a number of other behavioral signals that may be red flags for abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate abuse is taking more of the prescription than directed by a physician. If someone ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... especially when misused, can increase one's risk of developing significant physiological dependence and addiction. Some combination products present even further risk. Chronic or extended use of any medication combining ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... be a great option to safely manage the acute symptoms of withdrawal. After detox, tramadol addiction treatment may begin and will include behavioral therapy that will help recovering users to develop skills to understand ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal

    Tramadol is an opioid medication that works to relieve moderately severe pain by changing the way that the brain and nervous system perceive and respond to pain 1,2 . The substance was prescribed more than 43 million times during 2013 according to ...

    ... However, when misused, the risks of both physical dangers and addiction increase. The DEA reports that 2 : In 2012, ... types of opiate withdrawal. Tramadol withdrawal is often marked by flu-like symptoms and strong cravings ... continue reading
  • OxyContin Abuse

    What Is OxyContin? OxyContin is a branded formulation of the powerful opioid painkiller oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of moderate to severe pain. When taken as directed, it is a safe and effective medication, and has proven invaluable ...

    ... Suburban Junkies The following video tells the stories of teens and young adults who progressed from opiate painkiller abuse to devastating heroin addictions . Credit: Reveal Effects of OxyContin Abuse There are various ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... tolerance paired with ever-increasing doses may contribute to the development of addiction. Addiction is a chronic disease that involves drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycodone Addict

    Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever prescribed to people experiencing moderate or severe pain. Due to the drug's ability to act on the opioid receptors in the body (and for extended periods, with some formulations) oxycodone is a highly useful ...

    ... . Those who are caught up in addiction to Oxycodone may be experiencing psychological and physical dependence, so educate yourself on the ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Vicodin Addict

    Help for Vicodin Addiction Vicodin is one of the many brand names for the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as well as a treatment for cough. The acetaminophen is a less ...

    ... concentrate. Changing moods. Constricted pupils. Vomiting and nausea. Poor motivation. As addiction grows, the signs will be seen more ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... : You will meet with a therapist one-on-one to address underlying factors influencing your opioid addiction and to develop coping skills to be used in stressful situations. Group counseling : Your group counseling ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... codeine) 2 . Hydrocodone interacts with opiate receptors throughout the central nervous system ( ... s self or loved ones. Addiction signs include 8 : Using Vicodin more and more often and in increasingly greater amounts. ... continue reading
  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief ...

    ... . These effects, which are similar to those of heroin (another opioid), reinforce patterns of abuse and can quickly lead to addiction, as many users will continue to increase their doses to achieve these effects as their ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... use even when ill effects are likely to occur. Strong cravings for more of the substance. Addiction and addictive behaviors will be more apparent than dependence, since dependence has few outward indicators. Perhaps the ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... once. 1,2 The overwhelming highs that result from such misuse can further drive the development of addiction and can easily result in lethal overdoses. Short-Term Effects The mechanism behind the short-term physiological ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone, codeine, morphine, Vicodin, and hydrocodone. All painkillers carry risks—even OTC ...

    ... 1.7 million people suffered from substance use disorders (SUDs) related to prescription opioid painkillers. 4 Misuse of and addiction to opioids has become a national crisis that effects the country in terms of health as ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... . Detox without therapy is likely to end in relapse. You must address the underlying reasons behind your addiction and learn healthier ways to cope in order to achieve lasting sobriety. Therapy may take place in an ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... , such as anxiety and depression. Physical dependence. Addiction. Research has found that opiate users are more likely to experience common mental health disorders and problem drug use than non-opiate users (Sullivan et ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Norco Use

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  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

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    ... offer group therapy sessions several hours each week. Before considering going through withdrawal, detox, and/or rehab for opioid addiction, it is best to first talk to your doctor about your current opioid use. Your ... continue reading
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