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  • 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 ...

    ... Norco, Vicodin). When a pregnant woman uses substances such as opioid painkillers, the drugs can pass ... the mid-2000s. Buprenorphine is prescribed in an outpatient setting, while methadone maintenance requires a woman to ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... is highest when combined with other sedative drugs or depressant substances such as alcohol. 3 Can I Become Addicted to ... in an inpatient setting. Outpatient treatment: During outpatient treatment, you attend treatment ... 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 ...

    ... s opioid receptors. Similar to other drugs in this class of substances, some people may be at risk for addiction if they: ... complete a period of initial addiction treatment. Outpatient programs allow you to return to your ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. ... today . It won't matter whether you're an inpatient or an outpatient - just the fact that you're looking at this is a ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

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

    ... aggressive or violent. Is taking several mood-altering substances. Has discussed suicide or exhibited suicidal behavior. ... and alternative therapies. Outpatient drug abuse treatment : Outpatient treatment typically consists ... continue reading
  • 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” ...

    ... today. Consider the following statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: In 2014, ... and continue working and/or going to school. Outpatient programs allow those in recovery to develop the ... 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, ...

    ... This is recommended for severe cases of drug abuse. Outpatient treatment centers . This form of treatment allows ... classified it as a Schedule II substance , which means it has noted abuse potential . The drug is typically ... 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 ...

    ... abuse, relapse prevention skills, and the creation of a plan for aftercare. Addiction treatment can take place on an inpatient or outpatient ... , more potent opioid receptor agonist substances - in other words, methadone ... 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 substances boosts your risk of respiratory depression and overdose. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Opana ... an outpatient program to very intensive care in a long-term residential treatment center. Outpatient programs ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone (brand names include Anexsia, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco) is an opioid painkiller medication that is available by prescription. It is the most frequently prescribed opioid analgesic in the United States, and it is diverted and abused at ...

    ... reasons for turning to substance abuse. Program options include: Outpatient treatment programs , which ... . Hydrocodone overdose is a very serious risk that comes with abuse, and there's no better time to seek help than ... continue reading
  • Snorting Morphine

    Morphine is a prescription opioid medication used to treat relatively severe pain 1 . Morphine is prescribed in a variety of forms, including liquid solution, tablets, and capsules, and is only intended to be used under the supervision of a medical ...

    ... is complete, recovering individuals are encouraged to continue their treatment in an inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Inpatient treatment programs offer a drug-free environment for those in ... 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 ...

    ... abuse and addiction. Behavioral therapeutic approaches are often used in both inpatient and outpatient ... with counseling and/or behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. Vocational and educational services may ... 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 ...

    ... addiction cycle. Percocet Addiction Treatment Both outpatient and inpatient treatment programs help those who ... lows encountered with the particular type of substance abuse being treated. Buprenorphine - Mimics the effects ... 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 ...

    ... is important that you choose a program that fits your needs and lifestyle. Outpatient treatment programs provide many with quality substance abuse treatment, but with enough flexibility that they're able to tend to daily ... 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 ...

    ... classified as a Schedule II substance, meaning it carries a high potential for abuse and dependence . Although ... scheduled treatment. Therapy is a major part of outpatient treatment, and you may participate in individual ... continue reading
  • 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 with other substances such as other opioids, sedatives, cocaine, or alcohol. Abusing the drug ... week for 3-5 hours a day. You can choose outpatient counseling in the form of group, individual, or family therapy ... 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 ...

    ... people with relatively less severe addictions primarily utilize the recovery services offered from an outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Many factors are considered in determining the best course of treatment ... 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 ...

    ... program (PHP) is the most intense form of outpatient treatment. An individual engaged in a PHP will likely ... assist with all or some of the costs for substance abuse rehab services: Aetna Blue Cross Blue Shield Cigna Humana ... 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, ...

    ... are separated from the everyday environment that may have been contributing to the substance abuse problem to begin with. Outpatient care and treatment provides the benefit of taking the individual through the treatment ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... prevent relapse. You can seek treatment from a substance detox/treatment center where you can receive the ... wish to seek out a facility (either inpatient or outpatient) that can help you endure the process and stabilize ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half ...

    ... overdose strongly indicates the need for substance abuse treatment. Treatment usually begins following a ... On the relatively intensive end of the outpatient treatment spectrum, partial-hospitalization programs prescribe ... 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 ...

    ... the Controlled Substances Act, with accepted medical use for pain relief but a high potential for abuse and dependence. ... longer, depending on the individual's needs. Outpatient treatment . These programs offer therapy and ... 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 ...

    ... the victim the best chance for survival. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has provided ... , which may include either inpatient or outpatient treatment. Inpatient care provides around-the ... 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 ...

    ... abuse and addiction. Like other abused substances, recovery from any type or level of abuse or ... support while you work through the addiction and the causes. Outpatient care and guidance . This option lets you get guidance ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like ...

    ... any individual's needs. Verify Your Substance Abuse Treatment Insurance Inpatient treatment allows the ... is not possible, an outpatient program might be a suitable option . Outpatient treatment programs also involve ... 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 ...

    ... same effects. This is known as developing a tolerance to a substance , which often leads to increased drug taking to overcome the ... options for Vicodin abuse treatment to fit any kind of lifestyle. Outpatient or at-home ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

    ... health issues—the brain is actually changed by substance use. In this manner, addiction does not ... offer specific services tailored to your needs. Outpatient treatment : In outpatient treatment, you can live at home ... 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 ...

    ... States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that derives from opiate alkaloids found in the opium ... in either a residential rehab program or an outpatient treatment program . These programs offer the chance ... 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 ...

    ... and a longer half-life than many of the abused opioid counterparts, the patient will experience some of the ... of your substance use. Therapy will vary depending on: The treatment center type (e.g., outpatient vs. inpatient ... continue reading
  • Opioid Overdose

    Opioids are a class of substances that includes many synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid precursors found in the opium poppy. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioid medications— Vicodin , OxyContin , and ...

    ... building the skills to manage cravings and resist triggers for continued substance abuse. There are many program options to fit individual needs, including: Outpatient treatment allows people to live at home as they work ... 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 . ...

    ... rooms were linked to methadone in 2011. The risks linked to the abuse of methadone are many, so those misusing and/or addicted to this substance are advised to seek treatment from a professional to safely end their use ... 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 ...

    ... lead to organ damage from solid pieces of the substance entering the bloodstream. Blockages may cut off blood ... . This is best for moderate to severe addictions. Outpatient treatment : You may live at home while receiving ... 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: ...

    ... therapy can be administered via outpatient programs as well. Outpatient addiction treatment is less time ... abstinence. Statistics on Oxycodone Abuse Oxycodone has been a dangerous substance growing in popularity over the ... 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 ...

    ... . Hear from others who love someone struggling with substance abuse and share your story. Ultram is used in ... to inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment may be a good option. Outpatient care typically includes many ... 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 ...

    ... the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), ... recovery. However, if this is not an option, outpatient treatment programs and assistance are also available and can ... 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 ...

    ... opioid treatment program (OTPs) certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under ... program should refer you to an appropriate outpatient OTP to continue treatment. 10 When looking ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

    Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication that can have life-threatening effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers 1 . Morphine works to reduce severe pain by changing the way ...

    ... . Anyone who has ever experienced alcohol abuse, other substance abuse, or mental illness is at a greater ... you get through this challenging stage safely. Outpatient treatment programs vary in time commitment—from 4 ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicet). Individuals who abuse oxycodone are at high risk of experiencing an overdose, ...

    ... those with relatively more severe abuse or addiction problems. Outpatient treatment is another great option ... situation that can be avoided with the help of substance abuse recovery efforts. Call us at to find a treatment ... 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 ...

    ... supervised detox . Inpatient drug rehab . Outpatient treatment programs . Therapy . Aftercare. How ... are a vital part of care for people with substance use disorders. While hospitals can certainly provide excellent medical ... 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 ...

    ... persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for a substance abuse problem but did not receive help. Prescription drug ... in places such as inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities or residential settings. Detox centers ... 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 ...

    ... Percocet. Other treatment methods aimed at treating the psychological aspect of substance abuse include outpatient mental health therapy and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment . Each treatment method will assist the ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... author of the study, Dr. Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, ... , according to JAMA. This includes inpatient, outpatient, hospital, office, emergency room, jail or ... 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 ...

    ... from home. Cost - Many insurance companies will provide at least partial coverage for inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment. Check with your treatment provider and insurance company to see how much, if any ... 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 ...

    ... Because detox is not a complete treatment for substance abuse, further treatment is recommended for sustained recovery. ... occur in an inpatient, residential , or outpatient setting. Tips to Handle Cravings Since cravings ... 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, ...

    ... or outpatient treatment. Options such as sober living facilities and recovery support groups can help prevent relapse and provide ongoing support through the lifelong process of recovery from substance abuse. If ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

    Call Now Heroin and prescription painkiller medications are addictive narcotic drugs that are classified as opioids because they either directly derive from or are synthesized to resemble opiate alkaloid substances originally sourced from the opium ...

    ... have go through detox? Can I do this on an outpatient basis? How long will treatment take? What if I ... What types of treatments may be offered for specific substance abuse disorders? How long can treatment take? Should I ... 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 ...

    ... recommended. Detox centers offer both inpatient and outpatient services, but inpatient centers may be better ... their minds and teach them new ways to deal with pain and other circumstances that led to substance abuse. 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 ...

    ... home, going to work or staying with loved ones. Outpatient centers are best for those who can successfully navigate ... friends, or attitude may be red flags for substance abuse. Keep close tabs on the levels of hydrocodone ... 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 ...

    ... number of government agencies including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA ... various treatment options (counseling, medication). Outpatient treatment care is similar to inpatient 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, ...

    ... What are prescription opioids and how are they abused? How do opioids affect the body, and why ... outpatient setting, depending on: 15, 16, 17 The severity of your symptoms. Your physical and mental health needs. Substances ... continue reading
  • Methadone Abuse

    What Is Methadone? Methadone is one of a handful of drugs approved for used in the pharmaceutical treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . If someone has an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers, they may be prescribed ...

    ... use, seeking an evaluation from a trusted substance abuse counselor or facility is an important step. Your ... detox period, followed by residential rehab or outpatient treatment will be recommended. Detox is appropriate ... 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 ...

    ... outpatient-based care and services . Behavioral therapies help a recovering individual learn positive coping skills needed to understand the triggers of substance ... you may have a problem with abuse 2 : Have you tried to ... 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 is best done under the care of a substance abuse professional. By completing an assessment , the professional ... substance use. Following detox, people will likely transition to a residential rehab or outpatient ... 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 ...

    ... related. 7 How Many People Abuse Opioid Painkillers? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( ... individual and group therapy, and aftercare planning. Outpatient treatment : You are able to live at ... 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 ...

    ... off to someone in the midst of a struggle with substance abuse, but it is possible and it happens every day ... of recovery which generally involves rehab and/or outpatient-based care . Each of these options will include ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

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

    ... drug - both addictive and abused - with a deceptive status as a non-controlled substance leaving many patients and doctors ... encouraged to complete an inpatient or outpatient drug treatment program. Rehabilitation programs ... 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 ...

    ... Therapy may take place in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program and will address the impact of ... to begin your life without addiction! References Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). ... 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 ...

    ... you will get around-the-clock care and supervision. Outpatient rehabilitation , in which care is not as immersive ... According to the CBHSQ Report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to ...

    ... of a fentanyl overdose and getting professional substance abuse treatment may save a life. Signs and ... that may have contributed to the fentanyl abuse problem. Outpatient treatment : The recovering individual works through ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred over ... be used and supervised in inpatient and outpatient settings. Following detoxification, the drug naltrexone ... 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 ...

    ... type of program that's right for you. There are two types of outpatient treatment facilities: Daily check-in programs require you to meet with a drug abuse counselor once per day. Day programs require you to stay at the ... 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 ...

    ... What are the Signs of Addiction? The signs of fentanyl abuse are similar to that of other opiates in that they ... building bridges to improved family life. Outpatient/non-residential treatment centers may also be an option ... 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, ...

    ... financial situation may begin to unravel. Effects of Vicodin Abuse It doesn't take much to feel the effects ... effective route to take. The best candidates for outpatient therapy are those who have a strong support network ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... get more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... high when it is not taken as prescribed or abused on a recreational basis. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA ... their own, some form of treatment-either inpatient or outpatient care -is often needed to become clean. It tends ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's pleasurable ...

    ... more potent than heroin) 7 . Side Effects Users may abuse the drug because of its pleasurable effects. However, oxy ... to 90 days or more, if needed. Outpatient treatment offers therapy sessions without housing services. ... 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, ...

    ... Additional Resources To learn more about Lortab abuse and recovery options, see the following articles: Effects of Lortab Use Residential Treatment Center Outpatient Treatment Center Addiction Treatment Therapies You can ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Actiq (Fentanyl) Addiction

    Actiq is the brand name for an analgesic lozenge (on a stick like a lollipop) that contains the opioid drug fentanyl —a powerful synthetic opioid which, when rapidly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with being slowly absorbed through the GI ...

    ... a confusing prospect. It can be challenging to know if they are using Actiq appropriately, if they are using the substance alone or in combination with other drugs, and/or if their changes are due in part to the presence ... 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 ...

    ... depends on several factors. Withdrawal will be affected by the half life of the drug, how heavily the individual abused the drug, and how long they used opioids. For drugs like heroin, which have a shorter half-life, and ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadolis the generic name for the drug Ultram, which is an opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, ...

    ... difference between life and death. Signs and Symptoms People who abuse tramadol in any way put themselves at some risk of ... , counseling, and relapse prevention training. Outpatient treatment programs : The patient lives at ... 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 ...

    ... unintentionally. They initially start taking it for pain, as prescribed by a doctor. The Vicodin use turns into abuse. However, when the supply is gone, they find themselves craving the feeling they have grown to know ... 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 ...

    ... . As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. A few of these lethal combinations include the following ... 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 ...

    ... feel too ashamed to admit they're now struggling with drug abuse. Of course, it doesn't matter if you're older ... Therapy may take place in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program and will address the impact of ... 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 ...

    ... Note that one of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other opiates slow the ... in the middle of the process. However, outpatient programs incorporate many aspects of inpatient treatment with ... 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 ...

    ... (Self Management and Recovery Training). Outpatient treatment programs . Recovery from Norco ... cocaine combined cannot compete with. The CDC now touts opiate abuse as an epidemic. Since 1992, the recreational use of opiate ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse What Is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant and opioid derivative used in more than 100 over-the-counter medicines. Dextromethorphan is safe for ingestion and not habit-forming when taken as ...

    ... including: Inpatient treatment . Outpatient treatment . 12-step programs. SMART Recovery. To learn how to begin the process of healing, call . Who's Abusing DXM? According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network's Dawn Report ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults reported suffering from daily (chronic) pain, and 23.4 million reported experiencing a lot of it overall ...

    ... a slew of side effects as well as the danger for abuse and addiction. In fact, in March of 2016, the Centers ... Other Medicine If you want to try a medicinal substance that is not a prescription painkiller, there are some ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... fear mongering of late, overdose reversal kits are not a crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant to keep people alive long enough to get them the ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... ER visits were from anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the-counter or all-natural ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... . Driven to Opana? In 2010, OxyContin's manufacturer reformulated the drug in an effort to combat its widespread abuse. The “new” OxyContin was harder to snort and inject, as “cooking” up the crushed pill mixture simply ... 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 ...

    ... opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers ... its own. Additional Reading: The Damage Done - 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 1 . Those believing they are buying their normal drug of choice (e.g., heroin) may be getting a substance that is much stronger than their bodies can handle. Fentanyl can heighten the potency of heroin and lead quickly ... 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 ...

    ... In 2017, 1.7 million people suffered from substance use disorders (SUDs) related to prescription opioid painkillers ... Short-Term Effects Many painkillers that are typically abused fall under the opioid category. The effects ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription opiate-related overdoses since 2000. In ... 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 ...

    ... about Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew it ... treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image ... 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 ...

    ... pain. Norco use can begin on a legitimate basis but quickly take a turn toward dependency and abuse. The risk of abuse is especially high for those with a history of addiction. Those addicted to Norco have often built ... 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 ...

    ... and lead to addiction. Methylphenidate should 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 ... 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: ...

    ... Administration has expressed concern over the instance of abuse of this drug and the fact that pure ... produce effects such as those seen with “dissociative anesthetic” substances, such as PCP (“Angel Dust”) and Ketamine ( ... 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 ...

    ... form or choose to snort or inject it to enhance its effects. Demerol has a history of being abused by healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses, because it's readily available in the medical community (Latta ... 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 ...

    ... every five seconds. Not only can rescue breathing save someone's life, it may help minimize the chances of permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

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

    ... or acquaintances, or a doctor may prescribe it to them for a medical condition, such as ADHD. Teens may begin abusing prescription stimulants like Ritalin in order to gain an edge in school or stay up to party. To help ... 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 ...

    ... Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that people aged 18-25 were the most likely to report ever having abused oxycodone (9.9%) compared to 6% of people 26 and older. The Monitoring the Future Survey, funded by NIDA ... 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 ...

    ... this often happens when the drug has been mixed with other substances, including alcohol and benzodiazepines. In addition, the long-term effects of methadone abuse are almost as bad as those of heroin. The drug causes ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... to these crushing statistics, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have teamed up to ... 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. ...

    ... effects of other drugs. Norco is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance , which means that: It carries a high potential for abuse. It may lead to psychological and/or physical dependence. While psychological ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... evidence to classify tramadol as a controlled substance. With this re-classification came stricter ... still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... key difference: it's designed to reach the brain slower. This plays a big part in deterring substance abuse , says Doberstein, especially since science suggests the euphoric effect of opioids is influenced by their rate ... 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 ...

    ... crushed pills poses its own dangers. These substances and practices can affect almost every part ... wait for the potentially life-altering consequences of opiate abuse to mount - call to speak with a compassionate treatment ... 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 ...

    ... but they can have a dark side. They are among the most abused drugs in the United States as they're easy to get hold ... dependence. 6 An addiction, also known as a substance use disorder, occurs when a person cannot stop ... continue reading
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