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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” ...

    ... and other, mild forms of physical and mental discomfort to persist for months after successfully quitting opiates. While not usually life-threatening, the withdrawal period can be very uncomfortable. Many people will do ... 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 ...

    ... Abusing Tramadol? It's never too late to turn your life around. Learn about treatment and start recovering today. Even ... be declining, but it is still a sought-after opiate medication. If fact, the street price for tramadol ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... Street Names Due to its potency, Opana is a highly sought-after opiate of abuse and sold under various street names , including: Blue ... treatment for an Opana addiction can save your life. If you or a loved one is ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... studies indicated that tramadol was less addictive than other opiates, so it was classified as a non-scheduled drug ... were monitored for several years after it was first marketed in the US. After 3 years, abuse rates were ... 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 ...

    ... drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that derives from opiate alkaloids found in the opium poppy . As an opioid ... the drug is required to function in your daily life, and you use at the expense of other priorities ... 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 ...

    ... perception of the pain . This feeling is very sought-after, especially from those dealing with pain that is high ... uncomfortable moments, the opiate detox process is not typically life-threatening. Any one of these ... 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 ...

    ... are generally similar to the side effects for other opiate analgesics and may include: Nausea and vomiting. ... is a disease that affects every aspect of a person's life and can occur in any person regardless of age, sex, ... 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 ...

    ... with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, ... the sale of the drug (overdose or otherwise), a life sentence can be imposed. When used on a legitimate prescription ... 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, ...

    ... morphine is the development of addiction. Opiate addiction can ravage your life and that of your loved ones. Morphine ... the help they need after being admitted to a drug rehabilitation center . After you are evaluated, you ... 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 Library ... with Vicodin is that withdrawal symptoms can set in after reducing your dose even slightly or waiting a bit ... 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 ...

    ... prognosis. Recovery and rehabilitation can begin after detox and will generally include individual ... aches when you stop taking it? Do people in your life tell you that you are behaving differently? Have your priorities ... 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 ...

    ... more tramadol 2,6 : Tramadol withdrawal is rarely life-threatening. The most common risk of tramadol withdrawal is the ... Risk of violence and suicide. Transportation. What Happens After Detox? A focus of detox will be to ... 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 ...

    ... pain, and this means they're routinely prescribed after major surgeries. 2,5 They may also be prescribed ... Nausea. Vomiting. These opioid painkiller withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable but not life threatening. 10 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 ...

    ... is too late. They make excuses for their loved ones, because after all, it is not an illicit street drug and they are taking ... Vicodin Addiction can take away the things in life that you love most - your family, friends ... 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 ...

    ... of the above can have detrimental and potentially life-threatening consequences ranging from loss of consciousness to respiratory ... Withdrawal symptoms can appear within hours after the last dose if your prescription ... 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 ...

    ... your life. Learn about treatment and recovery today. First, like heroin, codeine, and all other opiate ... may also experience tingling in your hands and feet. After withdrawal is complete, you may want to attend an ... 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. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... having grown tolerant to a therapeutic dose of some other opiate) . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't have ... manage your withdrawal symptoms. Therapy and Rehabilitation After your initial period of detox, you will ... 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 ...

    ... larger, more frequent doses that can lead to life-changing damage. Development of Dependence Oxycodone is classified as ... presence of drug in one's system. After some duration, certain physiologic processes are impeded ... 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 ...

    ... these “maintenance” medications may continue to be administered after detox is completed, and eventually tapered over time. ... body of these drugs and begin a new healthy life. While it is possible to detox alone, the ... 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 ...

    ... ability to function and maintain one's daily life. While physical dependence and addiction differ greatly, ... withdrawal can begin within a few hours to a few days after the user has quit or decreased use 9,10 . Since ... 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, ...

    ... U.S. admitted misusing tramadol at some point in their lives 2 . Tramadol abuse can occur in various ways, which ... -free lifestyle 13 . Learn more about what happens after detox on our Tramadol Withdrawal page. If you know ... 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 ...

    ... used in an overdose situation to reverse life-threatening symptoms 2 . Other hydromorphone side effects ... overdose. Dependence and Withdrawal Over time and often after taking increased doses, the user will become dependent ... 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, ...

    ... Administration (FDA) in 1995. In 2014, after years of reports of people diverting tramadol for illicit ... toward making positive changes in your life and beginning the life-long journey of recovery. 9 Effective treatment ... 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 relapse, and may encourage people to continue treatment after detox. 10, 15, 17 It is common to ... opioids, and instead use healthy coping skills to overcome life's challenges and daily stressors. 4, 7, 17, 19 ... 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) ...

    ... 2,4 : Pain relievers are the most abused drugs after marijuana and hashish. In 2014, 4.3 million people ... hydromorphone has been having a negative impact in your life or the life of a loved one, you may benefit from ... 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 ...

    ... addiction, or they might think no one could become addicted to a prescribed medication. And after having lived a long and successful life, they may feel too ashamed to admit they're now struggling with drug abuse. Of ... 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 ...

    ... quickly develop into a life-altering drug dependency . As tolerance to opiates builds, users find ... check yourself into a drug addiction rehabilitation center . After you've been evaluated, the center will start your ... 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 ...

    ... high is similar to that of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially ... has become dependent on Dilaudid, as addiction may develop after being prescribed the medication by a doctor. If you ... 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 ...

    ... prescription drugs because of easy access, such as after receiving a prescription for pain following an injury or ... are safer than illegal “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An article in the Journal of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

    Helping someone overcome an addiction is sometimes an arduous process, and recovery won't happen overnight. Addiction treatment takes time and often imposes stresses on both the abuser and the ones they love. While it may prove difficult, ...

    ... worth it, however, to ensure a healthy and happy life. Help for Codeine Addicts When a codeine abuser begins ... Plus. Is Codeine Addictive? Codeine is an opiate narcotic pain reliever. The Drug Enforcement Administration ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... pain treatment option - less potent than more typical opiate painkillers and, as a result, having a ... have gained the skills and support to continue your recovery after treatment ends. The road to recovery can be long, ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not all of them are addictive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed for the treatment of mild to ...

    ... likelihood of addiction. For example, many opiate painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin) and codeine are ... loved one can quit and lead a healthy, drug-free life. Below are various strategies you can use to influence your ... 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 ...

    ... you want to know how to help someone with an opiate addiction, you should be aware of the options for ... ; it can be helpful in preventing relapse during and after formal rehab treatment. Lofexidine . This drug is not ... 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 ...

    ... Treatment Withdrawal symptoms usually begin within hours after the last dose of Dilaudid and may ... . If you're ready to find a program and begin your new life today, call us at . Our treatment support advisors are on hand ... 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 ...

    ... recovery as an ongoing process that doesn't end after initial treatment. Understanding that relapse is not only possible ... methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone prescribed for opiate addiction that may be used to assist ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... do not take it exactly as directed. Signs that you might have a problem with opiate addiction include the following: Taking drugs well after you medically need to and be afraid of running out. Taking the drugs for the ... 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 ...

    ... that place themselves in danger of an overdose. Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction Although rarely life threatening, opiate withdrawal symptoms for those who are dependent on hydrocodone can be extremely painful and ... 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 ...

    ... . Where Does Fentanyl Come From? What Are Opiates/Opioids? Opiates are derived from the opium poppy plant, nicknamed ... NPF is sold illegally, and it is highly sought after because it produces heroin-like effects 1 and can ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... a lab, oxycodone impacts the user in ways similar to other legal and illegal opioids. Also, like other opiate and opioid drugs, oxycodone is capable of delivering a powerful high —rendering it a potential drug of abuse ... 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 ...

    ... standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of euphoria and reduced tension. As an opiate, it can addictive. This means that: The body develops a tolerance to the drug and as use continues ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is 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 ...

    ... the late 1920s, officials in the United States were investigating methods to find substitutes for opiate-containing cough medicines that were leading to high levels of addiction. Researchers tested hundreds of substances ... 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 ...

    ... for abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate abuse is taking more of the prescription ... without a prescription at some point in their life. Fortunately, this use rate marks a significant ... 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 ...

    ... as an addiction to street drugs and can control the life of the user. The right treatment, however, can ... important to consider that withdrawal from morphine and other opiates can be intense and impose stress on both the ... 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 ... to buy the drug. OxyContin addiction doesn't have to be a life sentence , and you can take the first step to stop it ... 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 ...

    ... Signs of Addiction? The signs of fentanyl abuse are similar to that of other opiates in that they can range from mild to life-threatening. Someone who is abusing fentanyl may show the following signs: Nausea. Vomiting ... 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 ...

    ... use, please call for help today. It's never too late to start a new life. Physical Effects A number of the health risks of opiate abuse stem directly from its effects on the nervous system. Additionally, when Vicodin is ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... addiction. Learn about treatment and start your new life today. Signs and Symptoms An opioid use disorder ... of teens and young adults who progressed from opiate painkiller abuse to devastating heroin addictions. Credit: ... 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 ...

    ... also lead to physical dependence and addiction. 4,6 Opiate abuse takes its toll on almost every major body system ... allow for medical attention that may save a life. Medical personnel can administer naloxone, a medicine ... 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 ...

    ... from codeine) 2 . Hydrocodone interacts with opiate receptors throughout the central nervous system ( ... You can take your first step toward a Vicodin-free life today. Find a program now. Getting Help for Addiction Vicodin ... 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 ...

    ... the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According ... explain how their drug abuse has affected both of your lives; for example, “I feel isolated from you when you ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone : You have been placing less value on the relationships in your life, or you have been fighting more with those close to you. You ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... 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 ...

    ... of Overdose Opioid overdose is very serious and potentially fatal if not acted upon quickly. If someone in your life is abusing opioids, you should be prepared to react in an efficient and effective manner, so as to give ... 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 ...

    ... system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain. 1 Painkiller addiction doesn't have to rule your life. Treatment provides hope for recovery. [quizBuddy quiz=”Painkiller Abuse” question=”1″] Signs of Misuse If a ... 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 ...

    ... and how you are concerned for important parts of their life such as their health, family, and career. By having ... moderately severe pain. The medication is considered an opiate agonist, which works by changing the way your ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    If an addiction to hydrocodone is consuming your life or the life of someone you care about, you're not alone. Help is available, and it isn't hard to find when you know where to look. How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone ...

    ... assisted treatment (MAT) for the management of opiate withdrawal and cravings. Medications used as part ... Addiction tends to affect every aspect of a person's life. You might notice that a hydrocodone user is beginning to ... 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 ...

    ... 2013 2 : More than 24 million people in the U.S. had abused hydrocodone at some point in their lives. Over 5% of high school seniors admitted to abusing Vicodin in the previous year. All those who abuse hydrocodone aren ... 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 ...

    ... the body and may lead to multi-organ failure and death. Short-Term Effects As a broad class of drugs, opiates have an analgesic, or painkilling, effect on the body that can bring about a sense of relief, especially to ... 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 that of OxyContin . Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, ...

    ... when indicated for severe addictions. The recovering addict lives at the facility in a controlled environment while ... statistics: Lortab and drugs in the same category (opiates) are some of the most prescribed and abused ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... help today. Learn more about how to get your life back. Codeine is an addictive drug with potentially ... help with a codeine addiction, call to learn about opiate recovery options. Effects of Codeine Abuse There are many ... 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 ...

    ... aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to ... Confusion. Nausea and vomiting. The intensity of an opiate or opioid high is influenced not only by the drug ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

    Substance abuse problems have the potential to negatively affect individuals, their families, and society as a whole. As addiction progresses, the sufferer's obsession with his preferred substance tends to outweigh his concern for the consequences ...

    ... It acts, in part, by binding to central nervous system opiate receptors to alter the perception of pain in the brain. ... program that is tailored to each individual. After completion of the initial detox period, most ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Norco Use

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone - an opiate pain medication. It is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. Because Norco contains the narcotic hydrocodone, it can be addictive and should be used with caution. Is Norco ...

    ... intended to treat a specific condition (in this case: pain). Half of 2014 U.S. drug deaths were caused by opiates. Read our blog, Dying to Get High, to learn more. Side Effects Side effects of Norco are varied and depend ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... more than 2 million people in the US abused opiates . Many of these individuals exhibit behaviors or have ... symptoms will commonly present between 12 and 30 hours after the last dose if one abruptly quits painkiller use ... 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 ...

    ... order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates . Signs and Symptoms While many abuse Ultram to ... cycle of addiction, you can begin to untangle your life by calling us at for help working through your best ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As ...

    ... opioid pain relievers. As a potent semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine 2 , Roxicodone produces effects ... to the individual. While it is not life-threatening, the intensity of withdrawal symptoms can trigger ... 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 ...

    ... . Norco is a popular drug amongst opiate addicts because: It contains the opiate hydrocodone. It is relatively easy to obtain ... steadily reconstructs the life you lost, adding value bit by bit. To begin a life with genuine ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used to suppress coughing. You'll find it in a number of cough syrups and in cold medications (both over-the-counter and prescription). It is also sold on the street under several different names, including: ...

    ... lead to: A variety of negative side effects. Life-threatening overdose. In addition, research has shown that ... combine DXM with other drug s such as stimulants, opiates and/or alcohol . For example, mixing DXM with ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

    Help for Norco Addicts Hear from others who have loved ones facing addiction. 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. ...

    ... loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from ... shopping”. Hydrocodone addiction doesn't have to control your life. If you or someone you know is battling a ... continue reading
  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

    Prescription painkillers, or opioids, are commonly used to treat pain. Opioid painkillers include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), codeine, and morphine. In addition to their inclusion in the many opioid analgesic ...

    ... . What type of opioid the mother used. Whether the baby was born early. NAS symptoms can begin 1-3 days after the baby is born. If doctors believe that the baby may be at risk for more complications, they may have the ... continue reading
  • 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, ...

    ... process and get you on your way to a healthy, happy life today. Is Methylphenidate Addictive? Methylphenidate, which is marketed under the ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opana Addict

    How to Approach an Opana Addict Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller . Over the past decade, increased availability of painkillers has fueled an epidemic of opioid abuse around the world. In the US, an ...

    ... . If you are noticing negative effects on your health and your life due to Opana use but find yourself unable to stop, you ... Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because dextromethorphan is found in cough syrup and other cold and cough medicine formulations, it can frequently be found on the shelves ...

    ... known as self-medication. If your use of DXM is impacting your life negatively, you may be suffering from addiction. Do not despair, however. ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

    Tussionex is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller and cough suppressant, and chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine which eases allergy symptoms 1 . As a cough medicine, Tussionex is frequently prescribed to both children and adults. It is ...

    ... Addiction doesn't just affect the Tussionex addict. It impacts the lives of those around them as well. Your mental and physical health ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... 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 ...

    ... friends, family, coworkers, and other loved ones are all vulnerable to the negative influence of addiction in their lives. If you love someone with an opioid addiction, don't wait another day to reach out and get help ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... . These effects can linger for a long time even after you have gone through treatment and are no longer addicted. ... . Today can be the start of your new life. Call for confidential help. Opana Dependence Oftentimes, ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone . It is prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, related to allergies or colds 1 . ...

    ... Tussionex use. Continuing to use it even after experiencing negative interpersonal, psychological, or physical ... child neglect. Tussionex doesn't have to control your life. Call our helpline at to get help today. ... 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 ...

    ... only be used as directed and never taken without a prescription. If abuse of methylphenidate is taking over your life, know that you can get better. Check out the types of rehabilitation available to help you begin your ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

    If you suspect that a loved one is abusing Demerol or you know someone who is trying to quit using, there are ways that you can help. How to Approach an Addict It is important to understand how to address the situation in a supportive manner. Here ...

    ... addiction is negatively impacting their loved one's life and the lives of those around her. With CRAFT, ... Demerol or those looking to continue their care after completing a course of inpatient treatment, treatment outside ... 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 ...

    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, ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
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    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... morphine, then is transformed into different forms of heroin. Synthetic opiates, on the other hand, are man-made in a laboratory ... to similar opioid medications, and too many lives have been lost.” 16 Despite the growing ... continue reading
  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics, are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ...

    ... Withdrawal Dangerous? Opiate withdrawal is not usually medically dangerous or directly life-threatening. It can ... withdrawal symptoms can begin between 12 and 30 hours after last use and will last between 4 and 10 days ... continue reading
  • Opiate Relapse

    Opiate abuse and addiction has become an epidemic with a vast impact on the health and welfare of individuals and societies worldwide 1 . The statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offer a snapshot of the epidemic that helps to ...

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  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

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    ... length of opiate withdrawal depends on several factors. Withdrawal will be affected by the half life of the ... more convenient option for some individuals. Fact: Relapse after withdrawal is common. When a person has a ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

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  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... had unknowingly bought into the stigma surrounding methadone therapy. After talking to Matthew, however, it was clear she had ... to get your life back on track while avoiding opiate withdrawal Methadone is regulated ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I drunkenly crashed into a car ... when I'm busy and feeling productive. But I found after having a glass or two (or three) of wine, ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... inhale the chemical-laden compressed air as a way to get a quick high. Duster Claims Another Life After huffing chemically treated duster, 30-year-old Patricia Sprouse was found dead in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Her body ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... non-medically started using heroin within the next 5 years after abusing opioid painkillers. 4 Although prescription opiates may arguably be as addictive as heroin, heroin still poses more significant risks for users ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Opiate Abuse

    Prescription opiates are effective in the treatment of pain, but they have the potential to be addictive and, in fact, many people are struggling with an opiate painkiller addiction. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, opioids ...

    ... , to the point where you refuse to do one without the other. You increase the dose of your opiate medication with your doctor due to a higher tolerance to the drug. You are taking the medication in a different manner ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... placebo.' How could it, if it caused it in the first place?” New Medicinal Option After years of research and an opiate addiction that has reached epidemic status, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved a new ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They're potent, they're dangerous - and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, such as Vicodin , OxyContin , and Opana, were written in the U.S. When used ...

    ... and serious liver injury, but the risks are quite real. Don't wait for the potentially life-altering consequences of opiate abuse to mount - call to speak with a compassionate treatment support specialist at , 24 hours ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... of Events Authorities in Etowah County said that Courtney Starr Hyfield-Parker, 26, tested positive for opiates shortly after giving birth to twins - one of whom was stillborn. Her child that survived the pregnancy has ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

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  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

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    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

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