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  • How to Help a Meth Addict

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a substance that has very limited medical use. The substance is only available legally under the name Desoxyn , which is a medication with limited indications for the treatment of obesity and ADHD. As a substance of abuse , ...

    ... Benzodiazepines Clonazepam Demerol Desoxyn Dextroamphetamine Dilaudid Fentanyl Hydrocodone Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet Suboxone Subutex Tramadol Tussionex ... continue reading
  • Meth and Pregnancy

    As methamphetamine use continues to rise, so do treatment and hospital admissions. In 2012, meth ranked first in drug-related treatment admissions in Hawaii and San Diego. 4 Females have also been found to start using meth at a younger age and use ...

    ... meth and you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about your options for meth addiction treatment. Your doctor may recommend entering a treatment facility. The two main types of treatment ... continue reading
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  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... in crime and violence, avoid risky sexual behavior, and reduce your risk for exposure to HIV. How Do I Get Them? A doctor must prescribe methadone and you can only (legally) take the drug while under the supervision of a ... continue reading
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  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. In a perfect world, both addiction ...

    ... methadone for 3 reasons: to help manage opioid dependence; to treat severe pain in opioid-tolerant patients as prescribed by a doctor ... methadone-free for some time. This is because those who have stopped using methadone ... continue reading
  • Methadone for Addiction Treatment

    Methadone is a highly effective treatment for opioid use disorder when taken correctly and under the supervision of a medical practitioner. 1 Methadone can reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings to use opioids, and studies show it can ...

    ... side effects and overdose. 7 This is also true when combining methadone with other recreational or illicit drugs. 7 It's essential that you speak with your doctor about any other medications or drugs you may take so they ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methadone Abuse

    It's important to know the facts about drinking and methadone. Alcohol and methadone can both cause a range of profound effects and both substances have the potential to cause addiction. Combining these two substances can be even more devastating ...

    ... should not be used unless you have a prescription. Methadone is also occasionally prescribed as a pain reliever, and it is important to work with a doctor in determining the appropriate dosage to avoid the potential for ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... an opiate addiction was born. She'd even started “doctor shopping” as a means to get more pills. ... in a very long time, Suzanne had hope - hope that a methadone program could do for her what it had done for her neighbor. ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

    Help for Methadone Addicts Methadone is an opioid drug; however, it is beneficial in the treatment of heroin dependence or other forms of opiate abuse . While it is regularly used in the management of opioid dependence, methadone is potentially ...

    ... need immediate help as you may be addicted to methadone. Other signs of addiction to methadone include: Visiting multiple doctors to obtain more methadone. Obtaining the drug from alternate sources. Neglecting financial ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... chronic pain . But soon after, those same doctors and clinics began to suspect their patients were equally abusing methadone. Sure enough, the abuse rates for methadone when used to treat chronic pain had skyrocketed ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... , principal investigator of the study, noted that “doctors should ensure the patients are being prescribed the lowest dose of opioids including methadone for effective treatment to minimize testosterone suppression. It ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be provided at a limited number of specialized addiction ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... , crack cocaine, crystal meth, amphetamines, and methadone. My attempt at quitting cold turkey pretty much ... If benzos are so hard to kick, why didn't my doctor tell me so? 5. They have been strongly linked to Alzheimer' ... 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 ...

    ... during pregnancy, it is currently the standard of care and recommended by many doctors for opioid-dependent women who are pregnant. 10 Methadone maintenance therapy has a long history of use, dating back to the late ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol Use in Drug Addiction Treatment

    What Is Vivitrol? Vivitrol is a medication used in the treatment of alcohol and opioid addiction and dependence. 1 It works to block the euphoria associated with opioid use and alcohol intoxication. 3 Its major benefit is that it need only be ...

    ... of the effects of opioids but in a controlled manner that prevents intoxication and impairment. 6 While drugs like methadone can be very effective, they can be misused to get a more intense high and, as with other opioid ... continue reading
  • Detox Types and Options

    Formal detox is often the first and one of the most important steps in the drug addiction recovery process, as a person may better benefit from the efforts of counseling and therapy after first being physically stabilized. According to the National ...

    ... partial opioid agonist produces a less pronounced opioid effect than a full agonist, like methadone. It can be prescribed by doctors who have been authorized to treat opioid dependence with buprenorphine. Suboxone is a ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... may incorporate the use of medications to manage withdrawal and cravings. These may include: Methadone - Methadone is a relatively long-acting synthetic opioid agonist medication, most frequently administered for oral ... continue reading
  • How to Get Into Drug and Alcohol Rehab Without Insurance

    What Is Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Treatment? Drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers provide professional rehabilitation services to those who struggle with chemical dependence and substance abuse issues. Rehab centers typically offer ...

    ... counseling, pharmacological treatments administered at a doctor's office and patient education—are all covered ... Part D will not cover methadone or buprenorphine for treating addiction. Methadone may be covered under Part ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Detoxification

    Many people begin substance use disorder treatment with a period of detoxification and withdrawal management. As an important element of early recovery, detox can provide supportive care and access to medical interventions, when needed, for certain ...

    ... 4-10 days. Dependence on longer-acting opioids, such as methadone, more commonly results in withdrawal symptoms at 12-48 hours ... and involves regular visits to a doctor's office or clinic for monitoring during detox ... continue reading
  • Suboxone's Use in Addiction Treatment

    What is Suboxone? Suboxone is an effective tool in the treatment of addiction. Programs use Suboxone to both alleviate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings and to discourage drug misuse. Doctors must meet certain qualifications before they are able ...

    ... as an opioid addiction treatment drug to be prescribed by qualified doctors, but only after meeting certain restrictions put in place by ... naltrexone. You have abused Suboxone or methadone in the past. You have certain ... 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 ...

    ... opioid use or that of someone you love, talk to a doctor or addiction professional without delay. It can only get worse the ... some programs will provide medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of ... 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 ...

    ... opioid use or that of someone you love, talk to a doctor or addiction professional without delay. It can only get worse the ... some programs will provide medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of ... continue reading
  • Naltrexone

    For those struggling with alcohol or opioid addiction, what's commonly referred to as MAT—short for medication assisted treatment or medication for addiction treatment—can help people quit drinking and using drugs to maintain long-term sobriety. ...

    ... receptor antagonist. 1, 2 Unlike buprenorphine or methadone , which are opioid receptor agonist medications used ... should discuss the use of these medications with your doctor or pharmacist. 6 In addition, people who use ... continue reading
  • Naltrexone for Addiction Treatment

    Deciding to get help for opioid addiction can be life changing. Addiction is treatable, and rehabilitation for a substance use disorder can greatly benefit recovery efforts. Medications can be incorporated into addiction treatment to help reduce ...

    ... pain medication, so it is important to tell your doctor about all medications you are taking. 1 You shouldn' ... Medications used to treat OUD include: 5 Methadone. Buprenorphine. Prescription medications used for AUD include ... 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, ...

    ... to live at home and continue to work. An addiction specialist or doctor can help you determine the right type of treatment for your situation ... Hydrocodone Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Use During Pregnancy

    Using drugs or drinking alcohol while pregnant can create a number of health issues for both mother and child. This can affect a growing fetus because substances travel easily from the placenta, leaving the potential for harm. 4 While not all women ...

    ... , even if these medications were prescribed by your doctor before conception, can be harmful to your developing ... those used during detoxification. 5 For example, methadone (a prescription opioid medication used to limit ... 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 ...

    ... compelling arguments that treatment is necessary, so taking them to see a doctor can help get them to accept the help they need. Sometimes, ... Hydrocodone Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin ... continue reading
  • The Dangers of At-Home Detox

    How Does Detoxing from Drugs and Alcohol Work? Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can take place in a number of settings, and while it may be tempting to try it at home, a medically-supervised detoxification can help minimize unpleasant withdrawal ...

    ... can be carried out with regular visits to a doctor's office or an outpatient treatment center. 1 In some ... augment symptom management. Medical Detox for Opioids Methadone or buprenorphine. As opioid agonist medications, ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... to aid someone recovering from heroin dependence will be administered. Examples of these pharmaceutical agents include: Methadone - a less potent, longer-acting opioid. Since it is long-acting, the high produced will ... continue reading
  • Lorazepam Abuse

    Lorazepam (brand name: Ativan) is a benzodiazepine drug that is often prescribed to manage a range of anxiety disorders and related issues. This drug is not typically indicated for long-term use—many practitioners will limit prescriptions to ...

    ... the drug by any means possible. They may buy it online, off the street, seek multiple prescriptions from doctors, or forge prescriptions to try to get more. If you are engaging in these kinds of behaviors, you likely ... continue reading
  • Medications for Addiction Treatment

    Addiction is a chronic and complex, but treatable disease. Like other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, it can be managed under the guidance of a trained clinician, with a variety of treatment approaches available that are individually ...

    ... administration (by a doctor, pharmacist, or even a family member) to ensure compliance with taking it as one key component of an alcohol use disorder treatment plan. 9 Methadone Methadone is another FDA-approved ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... overdose fatalities in 2015. On the other hand, methadone and suboxone distribution levels weren't nearly as high ... these drugs are misused or illegally distributed after a doctor prescribes them to a patient. If you or ... 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 ...

    ... Intake When you enter an inpatient detox program, a doctor or medical staff member will evaluate you to determine ... requires regular visitation to a methadone clinic. A single dose of methadone lasts anywhere from 24-36 ... 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 ...

    ... determined by the attending doctor. Several medications have demonstrated effectiveness in their ability to reduce the unwanted effects of opiate withdrawal while increasing comfort 7,8 : Methadone. A long-acting opioid ... continue reading
  • Opioids

    Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal, and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction. 1 If you or someone you ...

    ... heroin, even opioids that are prescribed by a doctor have the potential to be highly addictive. Though ... . Buprenorphine . This medication acts similarly to methadone as an induction or stabilizing detox medication to ... continue reading
  • The Benefits of Medical Detox

    What is Alcohol and Drug Detox? A period of medically supervised detoxification often marks the first part of treatment and recovery for individuals with alcohol and/or other substance use disorders. People who have developed various forms of ...

    ... best determined after a thorough assessment from your doctor or other healthcare professional. Many factors have ... reinforcing effects of opioids to decrease continued use. Methadone, which has been used for many years as ... 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 ...

    ... used to manage your withdrawal. For example, methadone and Suboxone are options for opiate withdrawal. Once ... who got their care from a hospital setting or a primary doctor to those who got care in those same settings but ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Klonopin Addict

    Klonopin (clonazepam) is a sedative hypnotic drug of the benzodiazepine class. While it is effective for the short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures, it has a strong potential for addiction, and is widely abused. If you find that you ...

    ... prescribed methadone, while abusing the Klonopin to create or intensify euphoric feelings from the methadone ( ... in getting the Klonopin. You have “doctor-shopped” (visited multiple doctors) to get the drug. You crave the ... 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 ...

    ... program you select, there's a chance that your doctor may supplement the behavioral therapy with a few prescription ... daily medications since it is injected monthly. Methadone - A long-acting synthetic opioid that reduces ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in ... transitioning patients off Suboxone: Consult with your doctor: If you've been prescribed Suboxone , ... continue reading
  • Understanding Naloxone and Narcan

    Naloxone, also known by brand names such as Narcan and Kloxxado, can be a lifesaving medication when used promptly in cases of opioid overdose. 1 If you or someone you care about takes prescription opioid medication or uses illicit opioids such as ...

    ... instructions on how to use it from their doctor or pharmacist. 12 The discontinued auto-injector is ... 4 Medications such as buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex), methadone, and naltrexone (Vivitrol) are FDA-approved for the ... 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 ...

    ... physician to discuss your treatment needs. Your doctor can provide an assessment and diagnosis that takes ... the long-term management of opioid use disorder. Methadone can eliminate or reduce withdrawal symptoms as well as ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    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, ...

    ... Demerol, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Fentanyl and Methadone. Whether natural or synthetic, opiate substances ... makers of OxyContin - accusing them of “misleading doctors by withholding information about the potential dangers of the ... continue reading
  • Harm Reduction

    The concept of 'harm reduction' refers to a set of policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the health, social, and economic consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. 1,2 Strategies might include providing a safe environment for heroin use ...

    ... of drug users improved, and the number of people on methadone treatment went from 12% in 1996 to 54.5% in ... though emergency response personnel usually administer naloxone, doctors and pharmacists can show drug users, their ... 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 ...

    ... . Is Tussionex Harmful? When used as prescribed by a doctor, Tussionex is a safe and effective cough medication. However, ... to use, and shortens length of detox. Like methadone, it can also be used as long-term maintenance ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... who love you. 4. Medications Can Help You may be wondering what medications your doctor will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are long-acting medications that are taken daily. These ... 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 ...

    ... on recovery. In treatment, doctors may prescribe you medications to help prevent relapse. The following medications can play an important role in treating opiate addictions: Methadone: Methadone is long-acting synthetic ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Suboxone Use

    Overview of Suboxone The Suboxone Debate: Learn why use of Suboxone is a hotly contested issue. Suboxone is a combination drug comprised of two substances: 1,2 Buprenorphine—a partial opioid agonist with a “ceiling effect” that keeps effects ...

    ... Narcan. From this point forward, doctors were permitted to prescribe the substance to individuals that were struggling with opiate addiction. 2 In a similar way to methadone, Suboxone can decrease cravings and withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... Movement Suboxone has a much lower risk of overdose than methadone . And once you take a dose, the effects last ... for long-term maintenance. According to Reckitt Benckiser, doctors can keep patients on the drug for months ... continue reading
  • Addiction Self-Assessment Quizzes for Drugs and Alcohol

    Drug and Alcohol Self-Assessment Quizzes Use the following self-assessment quizzes to better understand common signs, symptoms, and behavioral changes related to substance misuse and addiction. The questions used in the following self-assessments ...

    ... addictions. Though diagnosis is best given by doctors, therapists, or other treatment professionals, the ... be helpful in recognizing signs and symptoms of methadone misuse. Ketamine Addiction Self-Assessment Quiz This 5 ... 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 ...

    ... ” medication like buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) or methadone . These substances can be controlled in a ... indicated by the prescribing doctor, trying to receive multiple prescriptions from various doctors, or trying to ... continue reading
  • Snorting Methadone

    Individuals caught in a downward spiral of substance abuse and addiction constantly look for ways to enhance or maintain the high produced by their substance of choice. They may take more of their drug, take it more often, or find some other way to ...

    ... in a shorter amount of time, which causes a higher concentration of the drug in the brain 5,7 . Snorting methadone will not produce a high as intense as smoking or injecting, but it will be more intense than what comes ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... the goal is to decrease the intense drive to continue to seek out and abuse illicit opiates such as heroin. Methadone pills or an oral liquid solution is usually the drug of choice, partially thanks to its price and easy ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... a long-term treatment. You'll need to take the drug on a regular basis for months and even years. 2 While methadone can be taken indefinitely, it does not have to be taken forever in order for one to make a full recovery ... continue reading
  • Methadone Withdrawal

    Methadone is a prescription opioid medication primarily used for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence. When used in this manner, it is highly controlled and only dispensed from locations that meet high standards to monitor use 1,2,3 . ...

    ... the user's perception of pain, but also depresses certain central nervous system (CNS) activity 2,3 . Methadone has a long duration of action in the body, making it particularly suitable for the treatment of opioid ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... carry a long-term success rate of only 5-10 percent. With that in mind, you can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to staying clean. You may not be aware of any methadone clinics in your city, but rest assured they can be found in every state in the U.S. and they are a ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... going on for years and she knew a missed dose wouldn't be pretty. It was so frustrating to feel like a methadone prisoner , but at least she could function enough to hold down a job. Is it All About the Money? With over ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon his or her release. “What we are doing with methadone in our correctional system is we are systematically taking people off it,” said study lead author Dr. Josiah ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... programs, the rate of recovery is dismally low, according to a 2011 study . Of the 144 parents in methadone treatment, only 13.2 percent of parents (19 people) remained in recovery and drug-free ten years later. Another ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... percent of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers - coming in right behind general practitioners and internal medicine doctors. Interestingly enough, roughly 23 percent of opioids in the U.S. are used for a non-medical ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to their pets. Newest Disturbing Trend This “doggy doctor shopping” is a relatively new trend to hit the streets. Veterinarians are now being duped into writing ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... elsewhere in the hospital, and this gives clinicians a much easier way to assess patients using real data.” Doctor Shopping is a Growing Issue But while Canadian researchers are moving forward in addressing the issue of ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a year and a half). Doctors Step Up to the Plate In the midst of an opioid epidemic and mental health crisis, we're in dire ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... effective, if not more effective, than medications. Plus, they are safe and free of side effects. Exercise Doctors recommend exercise to all patients, but research has shown that it is especially important for those with ... continue reading
  • Methadone Clinics

    Methadone, a prescription opioid used in the treatment of opioid dependence, is primarily used for detoxification and maintenance treatment for people struggling to overcome opioid dependence . 1,2 It helps to stabilize individuals by reducing ...

    ... symptoms that typically begin a few days after birth but could start two to four weeks after birth. While methadone is generally safe when used appropriately, misusing it may lead to an overdose. Even if the person is no ... continue reading
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Help for Drug Abuse

    How do I know if I need help? Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you're addicted to a substance, and you may be wondering if you need professional help. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the signs of a substance use ...

    ... you with medication to help alleviate cravings and prevent relapse while receiving treatment (e.g., methadone for opiates or acamprosate for alcohol). Therapy and counseling : Therapy and group counseling will aid ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in South Gate, CA

    South Gate, California, is home to more than 95,000 people. 1 As a suburb of LA, people who live in South Gate may be exposed to high rates of substance abuse. Opioids are a serious problem around the United States, and the increase in treatment ...

    ... , you’ll be able to continue on with treatment, which may include the use of therapy and sometimes medications like methadone or Suboxone. If you’re suffering and need help, don’t wait. Use our directory now to locate ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Elmwood Park, NJ

    Elmwood Park, NJ, experiences problems with drug and alcohol abuse just like many other parts of Bergen County and New Jersey. Roughly 44% of Elmwood Park residents who seek help at nearby recovery centers suffer from heroin or other opioid ...

    ... include: 4 Medications may also be used as part of dual diagnosis treatment. Certain medications like methadone can help relieve drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while other medications (e.g., antidepressants) may ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Long Branch, NJ

    Heroin is a problem all over the state of New Jersey, including Long Branch. Heroin, like other drugs, impacts not only the user, but their friends, family, and children. Of those people admitted to substance abuse treatment in Monmouth County ...

    ... NAS requires hospitalization and medications to relieve the symptoms. The baby must be carefully treated, typically with methadone, and then gently tapered off medication. 2 If you are pregnant and using heroin or other ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... functioning and lower risk of relapse by decreasing desire for the substance. For opioid dependence, methadone or buprenorphine are commonly prescribed. They both: Reduce cravings. Relieve withdrawal symptoms. Help to ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse

    Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved it for treatment ...

    ... number of young people are able to obtain prescription stimulant medications to treat ADHD even without a doctor's recommendation. This is a serious issue that may lead to widespread abuse. But where do people acquire ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... abuse affects everyone differently , so it's hard to tell what treatment will work best for you. You and your doctor or counselor will create a treatment plan that works for you. If you or someone you love has a drug ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Hacienda, CA

    Across the country, states have been implementing statewide prescription drug monitoring databases to help doctors and pharmacists monitor patients who might have multiple prescriptions from many different doctors. These databases are intended to ...

    ... or even overdose death when used outside of how a doctor intended. 1 The California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is called ... of addiction and overdose deaths. 1 Doctors can review the database before prescribing ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... loss. The symptoms of pancreatitis are frequently worsened with continued eating and/or drinking. If you see your doctor to address these symptoms, they may order imaging tests or abdominal X-rays to get a better idea ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Withdrawal

    Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating agent produced from the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Alcohol is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. While alcohol can be consumed safely and responsibly, ...

    ... determinations can be made at a detox center or an outside clinic. Routine questionnaires at the doctor's office often screen for physical conditions and mental illness, including substance use disorders. Because of the ... continue reading
  • Kaiser Permanente Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehab Treatment

    How to Get Kaiser Permanente Drug and Alcohol Treatment If you are concerned that you or your loved one has a chemical dependency and needs alcohol or drug addiction rehab , the first place to start is with your primary care doctor, who can help ...

    ... and needs alcohol or drug addiction rehab , the first place to start is with your primary care doctor, who can help assess your addiction treatment needs and coordinate a referral to a substance abuse treatment program ... 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 ...

    ... to their health. Effects of an Ultram addiction can include: Drug-seeking behavior, such as doctor shopping. Suicidal thoughts. Depression Anxiety when the drug is not available. Serotonin Syndrome Additionally, Ultram ... continue reading
  • Treating Zolpidem Dependence

    It can be difficult to figure out whether someone you care about is struggling with an addiction, and if so, how you can best help them. If your loved one has a prescription for zolpidem, it can be even more difficult to identify whether there's a ...

    ... keep themselves awake after taking it so that they can experience the potential euphoric effects. Visiting multiple doctors to try and get additional prescriptions. Also, be aware that the risk of addiction to zolpidem ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Overdose

    Vyvanse is a medication prescribed to manage ADHD and the compulsive behaviors associated with binge eating disorders 1 . However, as with any medication, taking too much Vyvanse can have serious side effects. Furthermore, people have become ...

    ... is wise. Preventing Vyvanse Overdose A good way to prevent an overdose is to take it only when a doctor prescribes it for you and exactly as prescribed, never doubling up on doses or taking more than the prescribed ... continue reading
  • Using Cocaine While Breastfeeding

    Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that is easily absorbed into the blood stream. It has a high milk to plasma ratio, meaning it a significant amount of the drug may pass from a mother's blood into breast milk 1 . Cocaine is the ...

    ... you think you have an addiction or dependency to cocaine, is important that you talk to your doctor. They may offer addiction counseling options and may recommend that you enter into a drug treatment program. Addiction ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Dexedrine Abuse

    How to Approach an Addict If you're worried about someone you love using Dexedrine, watch out for use of dextroamphetamine as other brand formulations like Adderall , ProCentra, and Zenzedi. If someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to ...

    ... for the treatment of Dexedrine addiction 2,3,4 . However, for those withdrawing from the substance, doctor-supervised detox can allow the individual to rid their body of the substance under the care of trained ... continue reading
  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In fact, many of the most dangerous drugs are legal with a valid prescription. Safe, short-term use of opioid ...

    ... that the availability of a drug is representative of its safety. For example, some think that if drugs come from a doctor, they can't hurt you—a belief that can prove fatal. The fact that they're easily accessible. Even ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Paramount, CA

    From heroin to prescription painkillers, to the deadly influx of fentanyl, opioid abuse is a looming threat in Paramount and across the state of California. The California Department of Public Health has asked that all county emergency departments ...

    ... prevent patients from selling excess pills on the street. This measure also helps curb the practice of “doctor shopping,” when patients present with pain at multiple facilities in order to get more opioids to fuel their ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Bellflower, CA

    Long Beach, California, has put tight regulations on the retail sale of marijuana, after the state of California passed legalized recreational use in 2016. However, the small city of Bellflower, which is very close to Long Beach, has some of the ...

    ... . In fact, the current opioid crisis has been in part fueled by the misperception that drugs prescribed by a doctor can’t be all that harmful. However, we now know that this is completely false, as thousands of people ... continue reading
  • Addiction Rehab for Seniors

    Historically, young adults have presented with higher rates of substance abuse and have made up a larger demographic at treatment centers than older adults. 1 However, substance abuse in seniors is often overlooked, underreported, and undertreated. ...

    ... associated with substance abuse as well as patients underreporting how much they use when talking to their doctor can make it more difficult to diagnose. 1 Older adults may also consider certain substances like alcohol ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for individuals who abuse them, which can include taking more than the prescribed dose, taking them in a way ...

    ... prescription with anyone else is not only illegal but very dangerous, since that person does not have a doctor's recommendation or guideline for use. When a person abuses Vicodin, they may begin to notice that they need ... continue reading
  • Marijuana and Breastfeeding

    Cannabis (also called marijuana) is the most commonly used drug during pregnancy. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were 78,000 pregnant women who reported using marijuana in the past month 1 . While many feel ...

    ... of medical professionals vary significantly. If you are smoking and breastfeeding, disclose this to your doctor. They can provide the most appropriate recommendations for treatment. Addicted to Marijuana or Other Drugs ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Stimulant Addiction

    The stimulants are a broad class of substances that affect the nervous system in a way that leads to increased activity across a number of mental and physical processes—serving, in varying degrees, to boost energy and attention but also capable of ...

    ... of the substance without being able to stop. Attempt to acquire the substance through prescriptions from multiple doctors . Spend more time getting and using the substance. Are increasingly unhappy . Have encountered ... continue reading
  • aliso-viejo-ca

    A gorgeous city along California's beautiful coastline, Aliso Viejo is a desirable location for those seeking to begin a new life in recovery. It might also be one of the safer locations to get sober. Of cities in Orange County, the city was among ...

    ... be severe enough to easily hinder a person's early recovery efforts. Medical detox utilizes the care of doctors and other medical staff, as well as the administration of medications, to mitigate the intensity of symptoms ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in South Whittier, CA

    Life-altering addiction and overdose deaths are not the only potential outcomes of an untreated substance use disorder. There is also the risk of significant medical emergency related to specific types of drug use caused by breathing problems, ...

    ... intense opioid withdrawal symptoms. When it becomes clear that they will not be getting painkillers from their doctors, many will forego the treatment and monitoring they need to manage the injury or issue that brought ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Huntington Park, CA

    The number of overdose deaths that occur in Los Angeles County is staggering. Between 2006 and 2012, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports that an average of 400 county residents who died of an overdose each year tested positive ...

    ... drugs due to the risks associated with needle use and potentially fatal additives like fentanyl. Additionally, doctors have changed their prescription practices, increased the number of times that they check on a patient ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Fort Mohave, AZ

    Arizona is no stranger to the impact of substance abuse, and especially the opioid crisis. During only 6 months in 2017, at least 716 people died of opioid-related overdoses. 1 This number exceeds even full-year periods from previous years, plainly ...

    ... a program that offers medical detox in-house. Many rehab programs will offer this benefit, where staff doctors will prescribe medications and/or perform careful tapers so that you stay as comfortable and safe as possible ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Boulder City, NV

    When you're deciding to get help for addiction, knowing what to expect can ease your mind and make it easier to take that first step. Treatment often begins with a structured detox period, wherein professional staff members at the treatment facility ...

    ... for recovery by safely facilitating the removal of toxic substances from your body. In a medical detox program, doctors may perform safe tapers, where you slowly lower your dose of a substance to prevent any major ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Kingman, AZ

    As the opioid epidemic expands its reach into every area of the country, there is no city or town that is immune. In fact, Mohave County, home to Kingman, was found to have more opioid prescriptions than residents in 2016. That year, the Arizona ...

    ... of Health Services showed that in 41% of suspected opioid overdose cases, the patient had visited 10 or more doctors for opioid prescriptions prior to the overdose. 2 While opioids aren’t the only drugs of abuse by any ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Bullhead City, AZ

    There is more out there for you than a life lived in active addiction. While it may not feel today as if there is much hope, people do recover every day with the help of substance abuse treatment. Often, the thought of facing withdrawal is a major ...

    ... to keep you as comfortable as possible as you enter sobriety. Qualified and caring staff, including doctors and nurses, will monitor your health, manage your symptoms with medications, and offer emotional support during ... continue reading
  • FInd a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Olive Branch, MS

    Rising numbers of overdoses and drug-related crime are being seen all over the United States, and Mississippi is no exception. In 2017, of all counties in Mississippi, DeSoto had the 3 rd highest numbers of opioid overdoses. 1 DeSoto County also had ...

    ... t have to be a painful experience. Getting into a program with medical care, including monitoring by doctors and nurses and the administration of medications, is especially important for people who’ve abusing alcohol and ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... in some religious ceremonies, mescaline remains a Schedule I substance in the United States. What is Methadone? Methadone is a narcotic analgesic that also used to treat opioid dependence. As an opioid receptor agonist ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... Weaning off of benzos should be done gradually under the direction of a medical professional. 8 Methadone Methadone is a synthetic opioid that can prevent or reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduce opioid cravings, and ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... . The user can also receive a one-week supply, rather than the typical daily dose of methadone. As with methadone, buprenorphine must be taken regularly to work, but this extended supply can make a huge difference ... continue reading
  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

    The United States has the highest rate of opioid use per capita in the world. As a nation, we consume 80% of the world's opioid supply. 1 In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had a ...

    ... drugs such as heroin, or be delayed for 7 days or longer for long half-life drugs such as methadone or buprenorphine. 13 Non-medical strategies such as swaddling, placing the infant skin to skin with the parent, rocking ... continue reading
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