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  • 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 ...

    ... effects of opioids to discourage abuse—can be used after withdrawal symptoms have subsided to maintain recovery and minimize cravings. 7 Naltrexone is available as a pill or as a monthly injection ( Vivitrol ). Opiate ... 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 ...

    ... felt . When she stopped taking the pills, these horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research and came to the conclusion that she must be experiencing withdrawal. Naturally, she panicked. “I must be ... continue reading
  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

    Sedatives are a class of drugs that depress, or slow down, the central nervous system. This substance class encompasses a wide variety of drugs, the most common of which include: Benzodiazepines (treats anxiety and seizures). Barbiturates ...

    ... month or longer. Short-acting sedatives, such as alprazolam, tend to break down faster, producing earlier withdrawal symptoms that don't persist as long 1 . What Happens During Sedative Detox? Someone entering treatment ... continue reading
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  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's leading ...

    ... developed a dependence on Ambien , you may experience uncomfortable or even dangerous withdrawal symptoms . Symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, stomach cramps, lightheadedness, nervousness, and panic attacks. Learn ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin Abuse: Symptoms, Effects, Overdose & Treatment

    What is Gabapentin Neurontin? Gabapentin Neurontin is an anticonvulsant that comes in a capsule, tablet, and oral solution. It is used to manage certain seizure disorders, as well as the neuropathic pain phenomenon known as post-herpetic neuralgia ...

    ... . Treating the onset of seizures caused by alcohol withdrawal during the detox process. In 2001, Gabapentin sales ... can make you sleepy or dizzy, or increase these symptoms. 2 Can You Overdose on Gabapentin? Like opiates, ... continue reading
  • Ambien Abuse

    What Is Ambien? Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem tartrate , a sedative drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Other brand name formulations containing zolpidem include: Edluar - a sublingual ...

    ... negative consequences, which include: Physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms . The risk of overdose-potentiated when ... are impaired, causing them to forget having taken the pill. If they do not remember the first dose and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

    ... snorted , but it can be smoked or taken in pill form. The effects of smoking it or swallowing it tend ... need to seek help. Detox doesn't have to result in withdrawal symptoms. If you find that you're in trouble with the law ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lorazepam Abuse

    Although lorazepam and alcohol can both be safe when consumed appropriately, concurrent abuse can quickly lead to the need for immediate medical treatment. Facts about drinking and using lorazepam clearly indicate that it is never safe to mix these ...

    ... , an individual who is abusing lorazepam can develop chemical dependency within weeks. This can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms such as muscle cramps and nausea when a person stops taking lorazepam, even if use is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Soma Use

    Soma (generic name: carisoprodol ) is prescribed for short-term relief of acute musculoskeletal pain . It is intended only to be used for short time periods (generally up to 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively ...

    ... Treatment One indication that Soma is actually more addictive than may be thought by some is that it produces a number of withdrawal symptoms upon abrupt cessation of use. Fortunately for those seeking to get off of it ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Phenobarbital Use

    Phenobarbital, marketed under the trade names Luminal and Solfoton, is a barbiturate that is typically prescribed for patients suffering from seizures, tics or repetitive motor disorders, or Tourette's syndrome. It is sometimes indicated in the ...

    ... their prescriptions for sale to others is all too common. Phenobarbital Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment Withdrawal and Detox Phenobarbital withdrawal symptoms are not pleasant and addicts are not advised to stop “cold ... 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 ...

    ... and Detox It's extremely important to detox and withdraw from alcohol under medical supervision, as withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening . Ending use of fentanyl and alcohol without professional treatment is never ... 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 ...

    ... Or would you think of a grandparent taking more pills than prescribed because they got addicted after a painful ... back can bring about some really uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that include: 3 Low mood. Feeling sick ... continue reading
  • Flexeril Abuse

    Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a central nervous system (CNS) muscle relaxant commonly prescribed as short-term treatment for muscle injuries, pain, spasms, and tenderness. When taken as prescribed, Flexeril side effects are minimal and there are few ...

    ... as they are for other drugs of abuse such as opiates , alcohol, or benzodiazepines. That said, some withdrawal symptoms may occur and are typically more common and intense when used in combination with alcohol or other ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol With Drugs

    Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs or illicit drugs (known as polysubstance use), can have dangerous health effects that many people may not realize. Since alcohol is such a commonly used substance, it's even more important to understand how it ...

    ... come with cessation of certain substances. 12,14 Medications can be provided to help manage withdrawal symptoms from certain substances including alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids. Using medications can ensure that ... continue reading
  • Ambien Overdose

    Ambien, also known by the generic name zolpidem, is a non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic medication frequently prescribed to people who suffer from insomnia. Ambien works by slowing certain brain activity, encouraging sleep in those who take it 1 ...

    ... do not drive or operate machinery. If any of these symptoms do not go away or are severe, contact your doctor ... then stop taking the drug will experience withdrawal symptoms , including increased insomnia, anxiety, and ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ambien

    The sleep-aid Ambien (generic name: zolpidem) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of insomnia in adults 1 . It works by slowing down brain activity to help users fall and stay asleep. Zolpidem is similar in structure and effects to ...

    ... or intensely may crush the pills and snort the powder. Whether the user is snorting the pills to get high, hallucinate ... of anxiety and panic. Hallucinations. Seizures. Withdrawal symptoms can peak after 5 days 4 . This ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse Just because two substances can each be obtained legally does not mean that they are safe together. The risk associated with alcohol and amphetamine use increases when these addictive substances are used ...

    ... . Suddenly stopping use without observation can be difficult, uncomfortable, and potentially deadly due to withdrawal symptoms . Once someone decides to stop abusing alcohol, a period of supervised detoxification is ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Soma Addict

    Help for Soma Addicts Soma (generic name: carisoprodol) is a prescription muscle relaxer that can be addictive if used beyond the recommended dosage or duration. Taking Soma can also be problematic if abused in combination with other substances such ...

    ... . Nausea and vomiting. Inability to think clearly. Addiction Treatment Due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms (abdominal pain, depression, heachache, insomnia, nausea, etc.), many people choose to get off Soma ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ambien Addict

    Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem , a medication prescribed for the management of insomnia . A few other formulations of same medication with differing delivery methods are marketed under the names: Edluar and Intermezzo - Sublingual zolpidem ...

    ... falling asleep and staying asleep, in addition to experiencing a range of other effects of acute withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms illustrate the body's dependence on the substance. When the user is unable to take ambien ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and cope with withdrawal symptoms. What is OxyContin? OxyContin was introduced in 1995 to help control or relieve moderate to severe pain ... continue reading
  • Zoloft Use in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) is a commonly prescribed antidepressant that belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by . Serotonin influences sleep, mood, and emotion, so boosted activity of ...

    ... during treatment. However, the study found that Zoloft was not effective in reducing depressive symptoms during methamphetamine withdrawal. The group prescribed Zoloft, in fact, did not fare as well as the control ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Effects of Molly

    Overview of Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly.” This drug shares chemical structural similarities with both amphetamine ...

    ... at times, people will intend to buy ecstasy, but the purchased pills contain none of the substance at all. 8 Effects will vary ... withdrawal syndrome when not on the drug. Some MDMA users report withdrawal symptoms such ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... as alcohol and alprazolam can have dangerous withdrawal symptoms . Treatment programs often include one ... the goal of getting very high, sometimes crushing up the pills to snort and other times simply taking far more than ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

    Over the years, there has been an increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs, such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity ...

    ... majority of students also reported that they received the pills free of charge from a family member, acquaintance ... Effects of Alcohol on the Body Stimulant Withdrawal Symptoms How to Treat Stimulant Addiction Professional ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse Both alcohol and hydrocodone are relatively safe when used appropriately and in moderation. When used excessively or when combined, these substances can create volatile and unpredictable outcomes. Alcohol ...

    ... in the body, the user may experience high levels of discomfort and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms . Alcohol and Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment The Need for Supervised Detox Withdrawing from alcohol or ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... to heroin are also addicted to painkillers 10 . When pills are no longer available through friends or family members, for ... naltrexone to alleviate the more several withdrawal symptoms and cravings to reduce relapse risk. ... continue reading
  • Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, also known by the brand name Soma, is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms and severe muscle pain . However, due to its psychoactive (sedative and anxolytic/anti-anxiety/relaxant) effects, its abuse is becoming a more ...

    ... at some point in their lives. In fact, a study from the National Institutes of Health showed that withdrawal symptoms are relatively severe in the former user (especially if the drug was taken in large doses). These ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is a sedative anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety medication , with effects similar to those of other drugs in its class, such as Valium and Xanax. Ativan is the trade name for lorazepam, which is part of a class of drug called “benzodiazepines” ...

    ... gait. Stupor. Coma. Withdrawal Symptoms The onset of withdrawal symptoms when this combination of substances ... -Step programs : Fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous and Pills Anonymous host meetings that are free to join ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Clonazepam Abuse

    Clonazepam is a drug that is prescribed for some types of convulsive disorders and panic disorders, among other mental health disorders. It also goes by the name Klonopin and is a type of benzodiazepine that provides a tranquilized experience. It is ...

    ... person with a physical dependency on clonazepam stops taking the drug, they may experience withdrawal symptoms like: Hallucinations. Panic attacks. Loss of memory. Rapid heartbeat. Nausea or vomiting. Diarrhea. Tingling ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Klonopin Abuse

    Each day, millions of people in the US use alcohol . Additional multitudes of people in the U.S. use Klonopin —the brand name for the benzodiazepine clonazepam . Both substances are relatively safe when used in moderation (or as prescribed, in the ...

    ... . Someone dependent on Klonopin and/or alcohol will experience withdrawal symptoms as the body clears itself of the respective substances. Withdrawal symptoms from the two drugs can be extremely difficult—even dangerous ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety , can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... 5. Do I have withdrawal symptoms when I try to stop this drug? 6. Do I get withdrawal symptoms when I have not taken ... or potent pills. However, it requires fresh taper batches to be made each day, and withdrawal can still ... continue reading
  • Barbiturates Side Effects

    Are Barbiturates Harmful? Barbiturates are members of a broad class of drugs called sedatives that have historically been prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures; however, prolonged use at increasing doses may have severe ...

    ... of equilibrium with them and therefore stopping abruptly can put your body into shock, inducing withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of barbiturate withdrawal may develop within a few hours to a few days after cessation of use ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

    Alcohol and Vicodin can both be harmful to your health but, when the two are used together, the negative effects of each can compound those of the other. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a prescription opioid used to manage ...

    ... with. Learn more about the effects of Vicodin and alcohol use . Potential Alcohol/Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Nausea. Vomiting. Muscle aches. Sweating. Goose bumps. Insomnia. Fever. Diarrhea. Yawning. Hand tremors ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Tramadol Abuse

    Tramadol is scientifically known as tramadol hydrochloride, and it works as an acting analgesic (painkiller) affecting the central nervous system. Tramadol is also known by the brand names: Ultram. Ultracet. Alcohol also acts as a central nervous ...

    ... . During the detox process, certain medications, such as diazepam (Valium) may be administered to manage withdrawal symptoms. Following detox , some may choose to enter a rehab program. Rehab programs allow patients to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Opiate Abuse

    Prescription opiates are effective in the treatment of pain, but they have the potential to be addictive and, in fact, many people are struggling with opiate painkiller addictions. According to the National Institutes of Health, opioids account for ...

    ... hardest part of treatment, but it is one of the most important parts. If you can get through your withdrawal symptoms, you have a very good chance of success in the rest of your recovery. Addiction treatment programs for ... continue reading
  • What Are the Effects of Ambien?

    Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem tartrate, a sedative-hypnotic. When you take Ambien correctly, it can make you feel relaxed, comfortable and sleepy. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the prescription drug Ambien as a ...

    ... Those who use the medication for a longer period can suffer from withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing the medication. These withdrawal symptoms can be quite dangerous and can include: 2 Flushing. Fatigue. Insomnia ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... the dangers lurking at the bottom of that pill bottle. Drug addiction develops rapidly; suddenly 1 or 2 pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking more and ... 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 ...

    ... of time. Some users may tamper with the extended-release pill by crushing it up and snorting it in order to ... oxy to achieve the desired effects. Suffering from withdrawal symptoms in the absence of oxy. Other signs you ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... symptoms. It's important to remember that, like alcohol, benzo withdrawal can be dangerous and can cause seizures. Carol's doctor monitored her closely. Sometimes it was hard not to reach for a pill when life seemed ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

    Is Zolpidem Harmful? Zolpidem is a hypnotic, or sleep-promoting substance, found in some prescription insomnia medications, including the sleeping pill Ambien 1 . As a sedative-hypnotic substance, zolpidem can impart a sense of euphoria and ...

    ... names include “A-minus,” “zombie pills,” and “no-go pills.” Those under the influence of Ambien ... when they must continue taking the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Dependence often goes hand in hand with addiction, ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... out, she was happy to stop taking it, but the pills weren't done with her. Kelly says she she almost ... had to make it through withdrawal first.” She experienced the typical withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax . “I ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... you eventually try to quit, you'll suffer from withdrawal symptoms, everything from nausea to pain. The body has become ... peace? If you struggle with an addiction to pain pills, you can find help in and around your area ... 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 ...

    ... , and severe withdrawal symptoms 2, 4- ... 6, 8, 10-11 . Is Zolpidem Dangerous? Worried someone you love is abusing zolpidem? Listen for street names such as “forget-me pill” “no-go pills,” “zombie pills ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

    Ambien is the brand name for the sedative-hypnotic (i.e. sleep aid) drug, zolpidem. It is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. Ambien is available in both immediate and extended release formulations. Drugs ...

    ... attention. Coma or stupor. The presence of withdrawal symptoms : Sweating. Insomnia. Hand tremors. Nausea. ... week. 12-Step programs : Alcoholics Anonymous and Pills Anonymous are fellowship programs in which members provide ... continue reading
  • How to Help a PCP Addict

    What is PCP? PCP, or phencyclidine - commonly called “angel dust” - was developed in the 1950s as an intravenously administered anesthetic. PCP is no longer approved for medical use, and is now only found on the illicit market. Most commonly, ...

    ... can be ingested in multiple ways. Users may: Take it in pill form. Apply it to either marijuana or tobacco, or to the ... as delusions and paranoid thinking. While withdrawal symptoms for PCP have not been established in ... 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 ...

    ... of menopausal hot flashes, dysmenorrhea, opioid withdrawal symptoms, and as a smoking cessation aid. Clonidine ... user. It is commonly consumed orally in capsule or pill form. What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a potent opioid ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine , you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine is an ingredient found in Suboxone and ...

    ... opioid withdrawal . What Are the Pros of Probuphine? With an implant, you don't have to worry about taking a pill or ... body, it can be very effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms . This also lowers the risk of relapse ... 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. ...

    ... under the brand name Vivitrol). 2, 3 The daily pill form is most often used for AUD while the long- ... with continued use, so there is no risk of withdrawal symptoms when you stop using it. 1 Naltrexone can reduce ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy and MDMA Overdose

    Commonly used at bars and parties, club drugs are especially popular among teenagers and young adults. MDMA , a synthetic amphetamine drug also known as ecstasy or Molly, is a popular club drug 1 . With both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects , ...

    ... under the Controlled Substances Act, ecstasy is MDMA taken in pill form, while Molly is more often encountered as a ... the ecstasy is addictive. Users have reported withdrawal symptoms that mimic those when a person tries ... 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 ...

    ... sense of normalcy and to avoid problematic withdrawal symptoms . These compulsive, worsening patterns of ... risk of overdose than the intended route of swallowing a pill. Because the dose can reach the brain faster, the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and DXM Abuse

    Alcohol and DXM are both potentially addictive substances. Problematic use of each can lead to a range of negative health effects. When taken together, their effects are heightened and the dangers of each are potentiated. The Problem of Alcohol and ...

    ... rewarding effects of alcohol. Reduce withdrawal symptoms. Trigger uncomfortable results after alcohol ... that DXM comes in both cough syrup and pill/capsule form. (Many formulations that include dextromethorphan are ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... is that benzodiazepines are actually alcohol in pill form.” Measuring Benzo Intoxication But while intoxication ... as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Codeine Use

    Codeine is one of the many pharmaceuticals classified as an opiate . Opiates are narcotics with a high potential for addiction. When used as prescribed, this pain reliever and cough suppressant is a relatively mild opiate. However, it is still a ...

    ... is typically administered in liquid or pill form (frequently in combination with acetaminophen ... a “high potential for abuse.” Like many opiates, withdrawal symptoms from codeine can be quite severe, keeping the user ... continue reading
  • Xanax Addiction Treatment

    Xanax Addiction is widespread! The more common a drug becomes the greater chance it has at becoming abused by the general public. Xanax is a commonly prescribed short-term drug used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders, though due to its now ...

    ... 8 to 9 weeks, the body will experience withdrawal symptoms from discontinuation of the drug. If a Xanax ... will administer the drug, most common is in the natural pill form the drug is sold as. Xanax Addicts have been ... continue reading
  • 12 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 ...

    ... weeks and then abruptly stops it will likely have withdrawal symptoms . Using benzodiazepines long term can result in doses ... a stimulant that is typically used as a powder or pill. Crystal meth is a type of meth that can ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... drinks, and caffeine pills. It is the most popular psychoactive drug consumed in the world (Daly, Holmen, & Fredholm, 1998) but has been shown to cause physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic—meaning it's in the same ...

    ... . Now the semester was over, so he stopped taking the pills—just like he said he would. The problem was, he ... and experiencing withdrawal symptoms . Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... . Alternate methods include: Crushing and snorting the pills. Dissolving them in a drink. Dissolving in ... college-age people from abuse. The Withdrawal Process Withdrawal symptoms are variable and depend on factors like ... 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 ...

    ... the first time I had ever heard him say that. So he called in a new prescription, I took some pills, and my withdrawal symptoms stopped. But I was right back where I started. 3. Long-term use can be harmful. Years later ... 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 ...

    ... “doctor shopping” as a means to get more pills. You Just Never Know… Frightened and consumed by ... some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

    ... MDMA - are deceived, and instead given pills that combine PCP and other substances including ... doctor that can prescribe helpful medication to manage withdrawal symptoms to increase your chance of success. Outpatient ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... has developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 ... taking the drug in a way other than prescribed (crushing pills, snorting, injecting, mixing with other medications, etc.) or ... continue reading
  • How to Help a DMT Addict

    N, N-Dimethyltryptamine is the chemical name for the drug commonly known as DMT . This potent hallucinogen , sometimes called “Dmitri,” can be synthesized in labs, but also occurs naturally in several types of South American plants. The ...

    ... 1,2 : Chewing it like snuff. Smoking. Swallowing pills, tablets, or liquids. Brewing it into a tea ... alternatives. While DMT is not typically associated with withdrawal symptoms 8 , treatment may begin with a detox program ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... time and may experience highly uncomfortable Xanax withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, nervousness, and insomnia ... as 12-Step programs (e.g. Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous.) Meetings are free and hosted all over ... 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 ...

    ... is added as an abuse deterrent; it brings on withdrawal symptoms when other opiates are used. And if Suboxone tablets ... a huge misconception. You can take prescription pain pills while on Suboxone, but the dosage must be ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

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