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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 the ...

    ... the body, and acute symptoms have all but disappeared. These persisting symptoms are known by many names like post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), protracted withdrawal , and chronic withdrawal 6 . American Addiction ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Withdrawal

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), nearly 5 million people 12 and older abused cocaine within the year prior to the 2012 survey. Cocaine abuse is associated with numerous risks that include, but are not limited to 1 : Increased ...

    ... impulse control issues might be part of a constellation of symptoms that would support the phenomenon of a protracted withdrawal syndrome - or post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) - for cocaine. To learn more, visit our ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Withdrawal

    Marijuana (cannabis, weed, grass, hashish) is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 8.4% of all Americans over the age of 12 (22.2 million people) used ...

    ... such as these may be part of what is known as a post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Such long-lasting withdrawal symptoms may make it more challenging to quit using marijuana. A recent study showed that heavy users ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... anxiety and create a sense of euphoria. The acute withdrawal syndrome associated with heroin (and other opioid drugs, ... medications that lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms. This type of treatment, involving both ... continue reading
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition characterized by intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings that may develop after someone has experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event, serious injury, or sexual assault. 1 ...

    ... of chemicals in the brain that are related to the acute stress that you are under. 9 Sometimes, people turn ... clear your body of substances and manage any withdrawal symptoms. 4 Rehab treatment . Inpatient or outpatient ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... -acting benzos, such as Valium, can cause withdrawal symptoms for up to 90 days. The second phase - Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) - can last up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in anxiety ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... it will pass. #4. Early Sobriety + PAWS Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is a controversial topic: some people ... a couple of years in severe cases—though symptoms generally lessen significantly over time. Whether or ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... to use again. Even with proper medical care, many addicts experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome , also known as protracted withdrawal syndrome or PAWS. Symptoms of PAWS can last for several months and include mood ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... to their over prescription for chronic and acute pain. Alarmingly, doctor supervision can be ... lead to severe adverse health effects and life-threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms . 4. An estimated 88,000 people die per ... 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 ...

    ... , the acute withdrawal period is extremely uncomfortable and includes intense flu-like symptoms such as ... a comprehensive treatment in itself. Without continued, post-detox therapy, the likelihood of relapse is extremely ... 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 ...

    ... management of menopausal hot flashes, dysmenorrhea, opioid withdrawal symptoms, and as a smoking cessation aid. Clonidine ... treating both alcohol dependence and opioid dependence (post-detox). What is Desoxyn? Desoxyn is a ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... , including: 13 Heart attack. Ischemic stroke. Acute kidney injury. Dangerous psychiatric effects have been reported ... of regular use and is characterized by withdrawal symptoms similar to marijuana including: 22,23 ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or breakthrough pain in people that no longer respond to other narcotic medications. Like morphine, ...

    ... two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or ... of medically-assisted detoxification to manage withdrawal symptoms and help the recovering individual maintain ... continue reading
  • Understanding Addiction: A Guide for Families

    If your family member is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, you may feel a range of emotions such as anger, frustration, or sadness. You may want to help, but not know how. The challenges of supporting a family member with addiction can feel ...

    ... to use, particularly in the avoidance of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that can occur if a person stops using. ... peer support or mutual-help groups and post-treatment therapy . This may include participating in ... continue reading
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  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... and hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ensure ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine Detox and Withdrawal

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with highly addictive properties. It can be smoked, nasally inhaled, injected and even eaten. No matter how it is used, the effects have a rapid onset followed by a high that can ...

    ... mental health issues contributing to and/or made worse by their meth abuse that are unrelated to the meth withdrawal symptoms. This is known as a dual diagnosis , and a formal treatment program that specializes in dual ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... as its physical influences, are cleared from the body. During supervised medical detox, the patient's withdrawal symptoms are monitored to ensure the patient's safety during the process. Medications may be used during ... 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 ...

    ... be administered benzodiazepines with relatively long half-lives to manage the more serious symptoms associated with the acute withdrawal period. These longer-acting benzodiazepines will help to stabilize the patient and ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... . Those signs and symptoms include: Fever Fatigue Swollen lymph nodes — often one of the first signs of HIV infection Diarrhea Weight loss Cough Shortness of breath “Our findings suggest that heroin withdrawal may be ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... to find out some characteristic signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction for that substance. You can also learn how to find help for chemical dependence and drug and alcohol withdrawal . Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack ... 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
  • Marijuana (Weed, Cannabis) Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    Marijuana is a very popular drug—and a legal one in several states—yet many people don't realize it still carries risks and the possibility of harm in excessive quantities. Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Overdose While rare, a marijuana ...

    ... . Some of these are could have an impact mentally, heart related and lead to pale skin. Signs and symptoms of marijuana overdose might include 1,2 : Extreme anxiety or panic attacks. Psychotic reactions in which someone ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... one needs—and possibly save a life. Signs and Symptoms of Drug Overdose The physical and psychological signs of a ... detox program for help and support in managing withdrawal and reducing cravings at this early stage of ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Overdose : Signs and Symptoms

    Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose When a person abuses cocaine, their body experiences a number of sensations and physiologic changes, all relating back to its strong stimulant effects. These effects can spiral out of control when a person uses ...

    ... abuse. In 2014 alone, more than 5,500 people died from cocaine overdose 2 . Knowing the risks and symptoms of cocaine overdose may help save a life.” Learn more about statistics on cocaine use . Risk Factors for Cocaine ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Marijuana Use

    Is Marijuana Harmful? Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. It is normally smoked as a joint or in a pipe and can also be smoked as a blunt. Marijuana can be mixed with food, brewed as tea or used in the form of ...

    ... Marijuana abuse can lead to dependence and withdrawal upon cessation of use. Withdrawal symptoms may include: Irritability. Sleeplessness. Decreased appetite. Anxiety. Aggression. The symptoms will begin within a day of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... to stop but doesn't know how deal with the addiction or continues using to avoid the onset of withdrawal symptoms. When you're approaching someone who may not yet admit they need help, you can expect to encounter some ... 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 ...

    ... added as an abuse deterrent; it brings on withdrawal symptoms when other opiates are used. And if Suboxone ... program retention rates and one-year sobriety post-treatment. 7 Smoking Cigarettes Prevents Absorption of ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... tramadol abuse. Not only are the withdrawal symptoms excruciating (therefore making it quite difficult ... the only opioid available for people with cancer and post-surgical pain, leaving many to consider it an essential ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... what we're going to talk about in this blog post. A Literal Hot Mess Meth use increases body temperature and ... sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which takes anywhere ... 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 ...

    ... quite dependent on the drug in just a short amount of time and may experience highly uncomfortable Xanax withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, nervousness, and insomnia when you try to stop taking it. 7 If you've become ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... you've only taken a benzodiazepine at low doses as prescribed, you may still experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms. 5 It is this experience that typically prevents people from trying to quit benzos again. However ... 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 ...

    ... again so I didn't feel like total crap. But I resisted that urge and fought my way through the withdrawal symptoms. A big reason I decided to keep tapering my dosage was a British study that linked benzos to Alzheimer's ... 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 ...

    ... takes a benzodiazepine for more than 3 to 4 weeks and then abruptly stops it will likely have withdrawal symptoms . Using benzodiazepines long term can result in doses needing to be increased and the underlying condition ... 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 ...

    ... the implant disperses the medication evenly throughout your body, it can be very effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms . This also lowers the risk of relapse . Probuphine makes selling buprenorphine on the street ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... , the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... including both men and women in future studies on marijuana's effectiveness. Withdrawal: Women are likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms . Females tend to experience more sleep disruption, loss of appetite ... 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 ...

    ... issue. Other than a handful of “hot flashes” and some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today, Suzanne is a happy, healthy 7 th grade teacher ... 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. ...

    ... to OxyContin—one that nearly ruined his life. He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 ... 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 ...

    ... started using and reached a point of clarity she never had before. Afterwards, she felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ready to start living. A therapist recommended she continue ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... the “miracle cure” for addiction. While recent research seems to show ibogaine can significantly reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and temporarily eliminate cravings, its use remains illegal in the U.S. A Story of Using ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40% of drug-related emergency department visits involve cocaine. ...

    ... like methadone, Suboxone , or Vivitrol—in conjunction with therapy—physicians are able to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings. While the treatment options for opiate addiction have increased, the same can ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... Scoop on Suboxone Like heroin and other opioids, Suboxone has its own risks, side effects, and withdrawal symptoms. When used in accordance with prescribed parameters, Suboxone helps stabilize and maintain many people in ... continue reading
  • What Is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... Do you need more and more of it to feel the effects of Ativan ? Withdrawal symptoms: If you don't take Ativan, do you suffer withdrawal? Work/school/relationship issues: Are other areas of your life suffering as you seek ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... . Being dependent on them means, if you stop taking these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, it simply means your body has become accustomed to taking ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time. Buprenorphine is a medication used to treat opioid use disorder, often known by its brand names—Suboxone or Subutex. This ...

    ... Use for Opioid Disorder Treatment Why Are Opioids So Addictive? Opioid Relapse Opioid Overdose Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms How to Help Someone With Opioid Addiction Rehab Centers Near Me Using Insurance to Pay for ... continue reading
  • What Does It Mean to Be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... drugs is called detox. Once a user has detoxed, they're over the worst of the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms and can begin dealing with the other mental, emotional and physical side effects of addiction. What Are ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs. Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin , or its brand name Neurontin , is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... -Related Articles How to Help Someone With Drug Addiction Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms Drug Withdrawal Symptoms Drug Relapse Information Faith-Based Rehab Programs Specialized Rehab Programs Private Rehab Programs ... 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 ...

    ... anxiety, and decreased her Xanax dosage on a taper schedule to avoid withdrawal symptoms. It's important to remember that, like alcohol, benzo withdrawal can be dangerous and can cause seizures. Carol's doctor monitored ... continue reading
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... of three weeks (or more,) reduce doses by 10 to 20 percent each week. This will reduce withdrawal symptoms. It also decreases your chance of relapse , since it reduces discomfort. Participate in therapy: As you taper ... 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 ...

    ... should have listened to his friends. He's addicted to Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal symptoms . Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since part of Ritalin's purpose is to regulate sleep ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15% are addicted to opiates , according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or moment of ...

    ... to buprenorphine (Suboxone) , a medication widely used to wean people off opioids by relieving opioid withdrawal symptoms . It is similar to methadone, yet harder to abuse and generally less addictive. Advocates believe ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... people don't seek help for their substance abuse include cravings, denial, desire to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms, stigma, and fear. Cravings are one of the most profound effects of substance abuse, dependence and ... 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 ...

    ... Articles Effects of Opioid Use Prescription Opioid Addiction Concurrent Opioid and Alcohol Use Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Opioid Addiction Treatment Using Insurance to Pay for Treatment Treatment Without Insurance Rehab ... 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 ...

    ... report of the drugs that you have used in the last month up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms (experienced currently or in the past.) Try to remember that the staff members will be asking these questions ... 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 ...

    ... pill bottle. Addiction develops rapidly; suddenly one or 2 pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking more and more, running out of pills before their next ... continue reading
  • 7 Famous Stoners Who Got Sober

    Throughout the years, tons of famous names have been connected with marijuana use. And while a number of celebs continue abusing weed, plenty of them have chosen to leave the drug behind. For some, having children and growing older served as ...

    ... Marijuana Rehabilitation-Related Articles Effects of Marijuana Use Concurrent Alcohol and Marijuana Misuse Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms How to Help Someone With Marijuana Addiction Drug Rehab Programs Rehab Centers Near ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... s production of energy, and when injected at high doses it's thought to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It's been found to help with rapid detox from substances including opiates, alcohol, cocaine, methadone and ... 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 ...

    ... time with prolonged and increased use . If dependence has developed, you may notice the following withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug: 1 Sweating Panic Nervousness Nausea and vomiting Uncontrollable shaking ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with weed at one point and ...

    ... Furthermore, those who quit using pot as adults did not recover these IQ points. 7 Warning Signs & Withdrawal Symptoms For those concerned about whether they or a loved one are addicted to marijuana, there are some clear ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... the drug . You may even find yourself continuing to use despite harmful consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the same way heroin does , only the dosage is ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... One reason is that if you inject Suboxone, the naloxone will quickly give rise to very unpleasant and severe withdrawal symptoms , which will make you want to stop abusing the drug. Suboxone comes in the form of a tablet ... 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 ...

    ... some of the facts: methadone is a safer alternative to illicit drug use, it can lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms that often cause people to relapse, and it can allow you to engage in a healthier lifestyle. Remember ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... it's own host of problems (see above). You don't want to be addicted to kratom. The withdrawal symptoms you'll experience won't be worth it. Imagine muscle aches, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggression, emotional ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... of addiction. What this essentially means is that it helps block cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms [5]. Can It Help Me? Unfortunately, there is simply not enough human studies to make a conclusion about the ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... than alcohol. “There is clear evidence that in some people, marijuana use can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including insomnia, anxiety and nausea,” said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “Even considering ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... have already shown that women are more prone to cannabis abuse and dependence than men. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms of irritability, sleep disruption and decreased food intake are more severe in women. And to top ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used naloxone since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... -Related Articles Concurrent Alcohol and Opioid Use Why Are Opiates So Addictive? Opioid Relapse Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms How to Help Someone With Opiate Addiction Opiate Rehab Programs Near Me Private Rehab Programs ... 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
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... for a longer period of time, the addiction sets in and you no longer can refuse drugs without withdrawal symptoms. What causes these symptoms, and why is it so hard to quit taking drugs? When you take drugs, your brain ... 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 ...

    ... , activities, or school because I'm taking this drug in excess? 5. Do I have withdrawal symptoms when I try to stop this drug? 6. Do I get withdrawal symptoms when I have not taken the drug at a regular time or in a high ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Painkillers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking painkillers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to painkillers. Though many people take painkillers following a ...

    ... am in pain, or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it?” “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven't taken the medication at the normal time?” “Am I ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... an opiate-based painkiller that can cause euphoric effects when it's abused. It also causes serious withdrawal symptoms, so patients may have trouble stopping the drug once they've started it. Abuse by crushing, snorting ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... become used to the drug and expects it. If you don't take it, you may experience drug withdrawal symptoms . Dependency can happen to anybody. It is different from addiction because those who are addicted will seek the ... 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 ...

    ... as tolerance, and it's a pain—quite literally. When you eventually try to quit, you'll suffer from withdrawal symptoms, everything from nausea to pain. The body has become used to having opiates in it, so it struggles to ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs They Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or allows ...

    ... he had bipolar disorder, and he would self-medicate with opium or laudanum. He even wrote about suffering withdrawal symptoms when he ran out. However, this merely glamorized the use of drugs at the time, and he implied ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... and car. It's also a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying to quit, forgive yourself and keep moving ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that 9 times out of 10, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... “not being a morning person.” But, in truth, he or she could regularly be suffering from hangovers or withdrawal symptoms . Losing Interest in Hobbies If you notice your loved one has suddenly put down their guitar or ... 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 ...

    ... for both of these central nervous system depressants, as alcohol and alprazolam can have dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Treatment programs often include one or more of the following: Inpatient rehab programs : This ... 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, ...

    ... , if your life is revolving around using, you need to seek help. Detox doesn't have to result in withdrawal symptoms. If you find that you're in trouble with the law as a result of using ketamine and don't want to ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... of meth one time and experiences an adverse reaction. Acute overdoses may be fatal in some cases. A chronic ... professionals who monitor a patient's withdrawal symptoms and provide services and sometimes medications to ... 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 ...

    ... most severe cases, taking excess acetaminophen can lead to acute liver failure, which could result in the need for a ... you relieve cravings and manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. An approach to opioid addiction ... 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 ...

    ... receive a medication to reverse effects of acute intoxication and overdose called flumazenil 4 . This ... levels of anxiety and panic. Hallucinations. Seizures. Withdrawal symptoms can peak after 5 days 4 . This amount ... continue reading
  • Treatment for LSD Abuse

    Psychoactive substances, by definition, change the way people think and feel. Hallucinogens do this in a unique way, by altering the way that humans sense and perceive the world—making false visual, auditory, and tactile sensations seem real. One ...

    ... addictive drugs; however, those who have been using LSD may experience depressive or psychotic symptoms during the acute withdrawal phase that may require medical management. As one of the less commonly abused drugs in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Psilocybin Use

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a compound that is naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is ...

    ... . Psychosis, including paranoia and disordered thinking. Acute mood changes (anxiety/panic or depression). Increased ... internet listing withdrawal symptoms for hallucinogenic drugs, the symptoms of a withdrawal syndrome for ... 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” ...

    ... also useful in managing the effects of acute alcohol withdrawal. They are effective in this capacity because ... gait. Stupor. Coma. Withdrawal Symptoms The onset of withdrawal symptoms when this combination of substances ... 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 ...

    ... combination of stimulant and hallucinogenic properties . The acute effects of ecstasy can last anywhere from 3 to ... uncomfortable withdrawal syndrome when not on the drug. Some MDMA users report withdrawal symptoms such ... 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 ...

    ... trouble 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 ... 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. ...

    ... with continued use, so there is no risk of withdrawal symptoms when you stop using it. 1 Naltrexone can reduce ... , are dependent on opioids , or are in acute withdrawal from opioids should not use naltrexone. 5 Certain ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Many prescription medications have the potential to become drugs of abuse, if they are misused. Misuse of prescription drugs means taking them other than prescribed. This includes taking a larger dose, using them more frequently, or taking them for ...

    ... ) defines detox as “a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal.” 15 Detox focuses on managing physiological withdrawal symptoms and stabilizing the patient before they can step down into ... 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 ...

    ... carisoprodol ) is prescribed for short-term relief of acute musculoskeletal pain . It is intended only to be ... some is that it produces a number of withdrawal symptoms upon abrupt cessation of use. Fortunately for those ... continue reading
  • Phenobarbital Abuse

    Phenobarbital is a barbiturate that depresses the central nervous system . It is used as a sedative-hypnotic often prescribed for the treatment of seizures. Additional uses for this drug include the treatment of anxiety and the relief of withdrawal ...

    ... However, when these effects occur together with more acute signs of toxicity such as hallucinations and true ... to note that phenobarbital can have life-threatening withdrawal symptoms , so it's essential to detox under ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

    Alcohol and Vicodin can both be harmful to your health, but when used together, the negative effects can build upon each other. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a prescription opioid used to manage a number of acute pain ...

    ... a prescription opioid used to manage a number of acute pain issues. Its risks are minimized when taken ... and alcohol also include: Potential Alcohol/Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Nausea. Vomiting. Muscle aches. Sweating. ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the most commonly used medications are benzodiazepines. These sedative drugs, used for the treatment of ...

    ... anticonvulsant activity as well and are used in the acute treatment of seizures, which can be due to ... /rapid-response/2011/10/28/delirium-benzodiazepine-withdrawal-symptom https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21815323 ... 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 ...

    ... ) but has been shown to cause physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use. Although safe when taken in moderate ... drugs contain acetaminophen , which can cause acute liver failure when taken in excess. ... 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 ...

    ... and uncomfortable that it makes it quite challenging for people to stop using the drug. Acute opioid withdrawal symptoms can include: 4 Fluctuations in mood. Gastrointestinal upset, like vomiting or diarrhea. Body aches ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Phenobarbital Addict

    The medication phenobarbital is a type of prescription barbiturate medication commonly used in the management of acute seizure activity and chronic seizure disorder. Phenobarbital has also been utilized in the management of some types of substance ...

    ... of response. Further, with continued use, the body is likely to exhibit withdrawal symptoms in the absence of receiving the drug. These withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable and often lead the individual to using ... 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 ...

    ... low-potency opioid drug, should the acute opioid withdrawal syndrome be significantly severe, medications such as methadone , buprenorphine, and clonidine may be administered to manage symptoms. 9 If you are ready to ... 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 , ...

    ... Loss of consciousness. Seizures. Panic attacks. The acute effects of MDMA intoxication pass after 3-6 hours ... whether the ecstasy is addictive. Users have reported withdrawal symptoms that mimic those when a person tries to ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Overdose

    Synthetic cathinones , commonly referred to as “bath salts”, belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive substances”. These are psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of existing illegal drugs and have only made ...

    ... during detox to lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. After detox is complete, there is the option of receiving post-detox substance abuse treatment. Post-detox treatment will greatly increase the chance of ... continue reading
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