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  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram has been found to be far more addictive and dangerous than previously thought. Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as ...

    ... and it happens every day. Read memorable quotes about addiction from those in recovery. Treatment Kicking an Ultram addiction ... help of a committed team surrounding you or a loved one. If you're ready to stop suffering, ... 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 ...

    ... loved one: Speak with a medical or treatment professional about treatment options. Determine whether you require inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment . Work with a doctor or addiction ... the ages of 4 and 17 had been ... 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 ...

    ... , friends, and coworkers feel nervous about talking to their loved ones about addiction. If you ... the medication. Quote from a Former Tramadol Abuser My pain typically would occur over two or three days. I took one or two ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... taken Percocet, treatment programs are available to help you fight your addiction. How to Approach a Percocet-Addicted Loved One Percocet addiction can bring about a number of different symptoms that you want to be wary ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which ...

    ... euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which act upon particular receptors ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... route. One business quoted in ... And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people can use drugs, it has become a problem no one wants to talk about, said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction ... 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 ...

    ... usually does more good than harm to the thousands of people who take it. It is easy to reduce dosages, and it can be used safely in relatively high doses, which makes it a good option for what's usually called methadone ... 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 ...

    ... is easy to make—it can be made in a lab and does not require growing a poppy plant. In 2015, Mexican ... fentanyl - in terms of drug potency, the dosage equivalent of one ton of heroin - as well as 19,000 tablets of ... 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 ...

    ... Quote from an Addicted Person “I craved the feeling that I had while taking Percocet because I felt it made me an overall better person. Being a nurse, I had easy access to a multitude of drugs and Percocet was only one ... 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, ...

    ... everyday life and provides a sober haven for focusing solely on recovery. Treatment in an inpatient or residential setting is frequently sought by those with relatively more severe abuse or addiction problems. Outpatient ... 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 ...

    ... same ones found in heroin, which caused over 8,000 overdose deaths in 2013. Deadly and Complicating ... painkillers are not as careful as they should be about drinking while taking the drugs. When lacking sleep as ... 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 ...

    ... ,000 drug overdoses reported in 2013 came from heroin or prescription drugs. About half of all overdoses that year (23,000) came from prescription drugs and another 8,000 were caused by heroin . Heroin use has increased ... 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 ...

    ... or someone you love is abusing opiates ... one long breath 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 ... 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 ...

    ... , which leads to opioid abuse. Combine this with the lack of workers in the area to treat addiction and you get rising numbers of overdose deaths . Avalanche Control In response to these crushing statistics, the National ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... Technology Challenge initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the ... Each idea must include at least one of the following components: Software/apps ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... game changer” in the industry. Probuphine consists of four, one-inch long rods that are implanted under the skin in the ... , opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone ... 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 ...

    ... particularly disturbing because many people, including friends and relatives, simply do not see an addiction as a true addiction until it is too late. They make excuses for their loved ones, because after all, it is not ... 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 ...

    ... argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is ... 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 ...

    ... around 6,700. Ken Roy, medical director for Addiction Recovery Resource in New Orleans, noted, “What ... methamphetamines has recently moved out of trailer parks and rural areas and into inner cities…It used to be the only ... 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, ...

    ... New Resources One new resource, developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ... -help center treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid substitutes ... 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 ...

    ... s devastating consequences. Although Opana may not be a household name yet, the drug's popularity is steadily climbing and has already reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the country. If you or someone you love ... 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, ...

    ... back for more, eventually leading to abuse and addiction. But what if those euphoric effects were ... , but there seems to be an equal number of skeptics and supporters. One thing's for sure, though: We need all the help ... 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 ...

    ... these symptoms. Addiction to methylphenidate, like addiction to any other drug, can lead to a number of personality and lifestyle changes that can dramatically affect the life of a user and his loved ones. These effects ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men in total were observed, 100 of whom were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After ... 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 ...

    ... 911 and paramedics rushed to the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid ... and especially to communities outside of urban settings.” The Truth About Naloxone Kits Although drug treatment and ... 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 ...

    ... to get the same desired high. These increasing doses may one day push the user to a lethal dose . Additionally, ... engage in regular therapy and counseling to understand the root causes of their addiction and to build up ... 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 ...

    ... with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing ... 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 ...

    ... go to rehab. There's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like ... the physical and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While ... 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 ...

    ... save your life or that of someone you love. Signs and Symptoms of Hydrocodone Overdose Hydrocodone overdose occurs when ... with cravings, resist relapse, understand addiction better, and gain deeper insight into their own ... 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 ...

    ... or someone you love is struggling with addiction. Learn more about the symptoms of abuse and addiction. Risk Factors ... individuals, free of potential triggers like the ones they might experience at home. They will ... 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 ...

    ... produces can lead the user to turn to the drug again and again, building up a tolerance and developing a devastating addiction. What are the Signs of Addiction? The signs of fentanyl abuse are similar to that of other ... 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 ...

    ... is the best way to minimize the associated risks. One of the best ways to altogether avoid a fentanyl overdose ... Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes fentanyl addiction rehab and treatment ... 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), ...

    ... tolerance combined with physical and psychological dependence create a cycle of addiction that can prove lethal. ... new prescription is needed. Moving Forward The truth about tramadol is slowly sinking in, but many are ... 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 . ...

    ... of opioid addiction and dependence. When used in this manner, it is highly controlled and only dispensed ... to aid people seeking to end their opioid dependence. One option will be clonidine 8 . This substance, normally ... 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, ...

    ... snorting fentanyl is the risk of addiction . Addiction is a major concern for all ... and potentially increase treatment outcomes, seek professional rehabilitation services. To find effective options for you or a loved one ... continue reading
  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of pure hydrocodone (Hysingla, Zohydro) or in combination with other pain relievers like ibuprofen ...

    ... effects, drug toxicity and/or overdose, as well as the potential for addiction. Extended-release formulations ... extended-release mechanism are significant 4,5 . As one of the primary risks, overdose may easily result from ... 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 ...

    ... arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of its brand names, Ultram . ... and encourage abuse. Don't let a tramadol addiction control your life. Learn about treatment and recovery today. First, like heroin, codeine, and ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... than five minutes, see if your loved one—or you—could be addicted to oxycodone ... and physical health and, especially when misused, can increase one's risk of developing significant physiological dependence and addiction ... 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 ...

    ... drug paraphernalia like straws and empty prescription bottles. Admitting that you or a loved one is suffering from oxycodone addiction can be difficult. Fortunately, treatment programs and recovery groups are available ... 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 ...

    ... . Are you concerned about someone you love? Visit our Forum today to connect with others and find support. Short- ... resources and attention are consumed by attempts to obtain and use the substance. Addiction and Withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... prescription than directed by a physician. If someone you love has a prescription but is taking the pills more frequently ... lead to dependence and addiction . As one struggles with opioid addiction, compulsive misuse of ... 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 ...

    ... program . Drugabuse.com is an American Addiction Centers (AAC) resource and a leading provider in opioid detox and recovery. If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved, then consider treatment at an AAC facility ... 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. ...

    ... Norco? One of the most obvious signs that you may be struggling with Norco addiction is an obsessive mental preoccupation with the drug. For example: You may find yourself constantly thinking and obsessing about taking ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Morphine Use

    Morphine, an opiate narcotic painkiller , is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse. It can be a great option for patients in pain; however, when used recreationally or in inappropriately high doses, ...

    ... risk associated with long-term use of morphine is the development of addiction. Opiate addiction can ravage your life and that of your loved ones. Morphine addiction can cause you to: Lose interest in family, friends ... 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 ...

    ... slew of side effects as well as the danger for abuse and addiction. In fact, in March of 2016, the Centers for ... -relieving gels include Biofreeze and Tiger Balm. Speak with your doctor about incorporating any of these ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... pain. Hypoglycemic coma. Problems with blood clotting. About 19,000 people died in 2014 from an opioid ... harm to one's self or loved ones. Addiction signs include 8 : Using Vicodin more and more often and in increasingly ... 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, ...

    ... blue tint to lips and fingernails). Coma. Seizures. Vicodin Withdrawal One of the most common ... should enter an inpatient or outpatient rehab program. If your addiction is severe, entering a rehab center on an inpatient ... 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 ...

    ... drug, indicating its high potential for abuse and addiction. Extended release drugs like Opana ER are meant ... effects you may experience and the more intense your side effects may be. What one individual can tolerate may ... 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, ...

    ... and happy life. Addiction treatment takes time and often imposes stresses on both the abuser and the ones they love ... one is “better” depends on the individual's situation. Both allow the abuser to learn about addiction and ... 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, ...

    ... addiction can take time and several attempts. However, with the help and support of loved ones ... of the above signs in yourself or in someone that you care about, it's important to find a rehab treatment facility that will ... 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 ...

    ... providing CPR (if trained to do so) until help arrives. Addiction and Treatment One of the first steps to achieving treatment for an addiction is supervised detoxification . While detoxing from opioid pain relievers isn ... 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 ...

    ... addicted to Actiq. If you think your loved one may have an addiction, encourage him or her to see a medical ... your feelings about their actions. Ask if your loved one is willing to get professional treatment and, if they ... 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 ...

    ... . Speak with your doctor about non-narcotic solutions to medical issues and avoid socializing with narcotics abusers. If you take codeine in amounts more than prescribed, you may have an emerging addiction. Signs you are ... 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 ...

    ... need to stop using the drug gradually in order to avoid withdrawal discomfort. 6 One of the best-known side effects of prescription opioids is addiction, and it's surprisingly easy to become addicted without realizing it ... 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 ...

    ... related to prescription opioid painkillers. 4 Misuse of and addiction to opioids has become a national crisis that effects ... part of the brain responsible for breathing, and one of the big threats opioid painkillers pose is ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Addiction

    Tramadol is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for pain relief. 1 Used as prescribed, tramadol can be effective for managing moderate to moderately severe pain. 1 Like other prescription opioid painkillers, it has the potential for misuse, ...

    ... or a loved one feel that you are misusing tramadol, this article will help you understand: What tramadol is. Signs of tramadol abuse. Symptoms of tramadol withdrawal and overdose. Treatment for tramadol addiction. What ... 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 ...

    ... sessions. Individual therapy sessions . Educational talks about addiction and recovery. Recovery from a hydrocodone addiction can be life-saving. If your loved one is struggling with a dependency to hydrocodone, there ... 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” ...

    ... or other drugs, increase the potential for addiction and life-threatening effects. Individuals may misuse their ... family and loved ones. Motivational interviewing , which helps the patient prepare for and sustain ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Abusers of DXM often underestimate the dangerous effects of DXM, as it is advertised as safe for use. However, its safety for use in therapeutic doses does not translate to safety for recreational use. Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used ...

    ... for recreational use. If you are struggling with DXM addiction, please call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to ... about the safest and best ways to withdraw and get treatment, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak to one of ... 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 ...

    ... Many concerned people dealing with a loved one's possible drug addiction find it difficult to approach the person about the topic. Often, instead of confronting the issue, well-meaning friends and family may cover up for ... 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 ...

    ... requires a lot of self-control and self-motivation, however, which can be difficult for many people struggling with addiction. For more severe cases or for those who are concerned about use triggers at home, inpatient or ... 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 ...

    ... therapy services aimed at helping people understand their addictions better and learning healthy coping skills to maintain sobriety. Outpatient treatment programs offer one or more weekly therapy sessions to help people ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... pain medications like 5 . Per the DEA 3 : About 20,000 people presented to emergency rooms for issues related ... Strong cravings for more of the substance. Addiction and addictive behaviors will be more apparent than ... 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 ...

    ... However, when misused, the risks of both physical dangers and addiction increase. The DEA reports that 2 : In 2012 ... at some point in their lifetime. In 2011, about 20,000 people presented to emergency departments due to ... 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 ...

    ... economic demographics, age groups, and sexes. If you're struggling with an addiction or know someone who is, you can get help. Approaching a Loved One About Their Addiction An addiction to nonmedical prescription pain ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... ones who got enough sleep and were ... about staying clean or about your long-term future. Getting enough sleep is important; these findings demonstrate how sleep disturbance is a risk factor in drug addiction recovery. And ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

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

    ... or decreased. If you or a loved one may be abusing Tussionex, please call our ... addiction, and get you started on the road to recovery. Resources, Articles, and More Information: To learn more about prescription drugs and ... 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 ...

    ... confront the individual in a non-adversarial way, expressing their feelings about how the addiction is negatively impacting their loved one's life and the lives of those around her. With CRAFT, an individual's family ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used narcotic pain relievers such as ...

    ... a loved one may be addicted to Dilaudid, look for the following common signs and symptoms of Dilaudid addiction: ... periodic conversations about substance abuse, and acquaint themselves with the common signs and symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Methadone

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

    ... to your loved one about treatment options, learn how to talk to them about their drug addiction. Is Snorting ... in the user's plasma were reached in just 7 minutes and were still observable 10 hours later 6 . In terms of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... different friends or have more conflict with loved ones. Encounter increased legal or financial stress. ... skills to understand addiction and engage in a drug-free lifestyle 13 . Learn more about what happens after ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) ...

    ... manifest as tolerance, physiological dependence, withdrawal, and addiction 3 . Tolerance is the need to take ... a negative impact in your life or the life of a loved one, you may benefit from calling 1-888-744-0069 Who ... 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 ...

    ... or the life of someone you love. Approaching a Loved One Who Is Addicted to Methadone A person who is dealing with a methadone addiction is likely experiencing intense emotional and physical challenges. It is important ... 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 ...

    ... and education to provide loved ones with information to better aid recovery and to address their own needs related to addiction ... More of your time is spent thinking about the substance and trying to acquire more of it. If ... 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 ...

    ... addiction frequently show telltale signs and behaviors indicative of active substance abuse: Exaggerating pain symptoms or lying about injury to receive prescriptions. Requesting frequent refills for the drug. Seeing two ... 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 ...

    ... the life of the user. The right treatment, however, can help you or your loved one break free from addiction and find health and happiness. Help for Addicts If you, a friend, or family member is addicted to morphine ... 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, ...

    ... these situations can turn fatal. If fentanyl abuse and addiction has a hold on you, a friend, or someone you love, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to get information about treatment and begin your path to a healthy life ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Signs and Addiction Treatment

    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 ...

    ... associated with certain physical, psychological, and/or behavioral signs that concerned loved ones might recognize in their friends or family. The physical effects of opioid addiction can include: 11 Frequently appearing ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... Actiq Use Fentanyl attaches to opioid receptors. 2,11 One effect of this is the release of a neurotransmitter ... . 12 Actiq use may lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs of ... 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 ...

    ... turn your loved one away and may prevent them from accepting your offers for care and treatment. Before approaching someone who is struggling with an addiction to any substance, first educate yourself about drug abuse ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... from such misuse can further drive the development of addiction and can easily result in a lethal overdose. Short- ... Coma. Death. Overdose effects can be brought about more easily or made worse if hydromorphone is combined ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... development of addiction. Addiction is a chronic disease that involves drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. 4 You may notice your loved one seems consistently ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem. ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance ...

    ... when the medication is taken as prescribed and, over time, addiction may be the end result. Those addicted ... as a harmless high. Adults are not the only ones abusing forms of oxycodone like OxyContin. Since the prescription ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM abuse is becoming especially prevalent among teens seeking a cheap high from a substance that is easy to access. DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because ...

    ... are plenty of facilities and medical professionals who can help DXM addicts recover. Addiction Treatment Recovery for dextromethorphan abuse can come in a variety of forms. You may wish to look into one or more of the ... 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 ...

    ... medical supervision, the incidence of Norco abuse and addiction has risen steadily. Like most other opiate ... rapid descent into addiction. Norco becomes a substitute for other ways to increase one's personal happiness, ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough suppressant and a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Studies show that hydrocodone is: More beneficial ...

    ... use of hydrocodone will bring about physical symptoms like drowsiness, constipation, vomiting, and confusion. 3. With increased tolerance comes psychological addiction and physical dependence meaning the substance ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse When taken in excess doses and via alternative methods, DXM can actually act as a dissociative anesthetic, mimicking the effects of drugs like PCP and Ketamine. What Is DXM? Street Names Street names for ...

    ... and phenylephrine. Abuse of medicines that contain these active ingredients in combination with DXM can cause the following: Don't suffer the risks of DXM addiction. Learn about ... abuse (and drug abuse in general) is one of ... 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 ...

    ... Learn more about how to help a Dilaudid addict here . If you're ready to find a program and begin your ... life. Related Articles: How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction To share your story or talk to others who ... 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 ...

    ... . A danger specific to Demerol is that one of its metabolites, normeperidine , has the potential ... drugs and prevent abuse. Resources, Articles and More Information For more information about prescription opiate addiction ... 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 ...

    ... your loved one to continue using. Some tips from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) for helping someone suffering from addiction include: Learning everything you can about Dilaudid addiction ... 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, ...

    ... adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, a ... Overdose on Tramadol If you or someone you care about experiences any of the above symptoms after ingesting tramadol, ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse

    What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after a patient has undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be ...

    ... death. If you recognize the signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse in yourself or a loved one, don't wait to seek help. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to learn how about addiction treatment and the road to recovery. Is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... life in a number of ways. If you or a loved one is struggling to get free from an opiate addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to learn about recovery programs and how to find the best treatment option for your ... 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. From 1999 to 2005, methadone overdose deaths increased by about 460%. Teen Methadone Abuse Teen drug abuse or addiction to methadone is relatively uncommon and unstudied. Instead, teens are be more likely to abuse ... continue reading
  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

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

    ... , detox, and/or rehab for opioid addiction, it is best to first talk to your doctor about your current opioid use. Your doctor can complete an assessment and direct you to the proper resources. If you or a loved one is ... 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 ...

    ... hadn't tried? During her most recent rehab stay, one of the other patients mentioned Ibogaine. Holly hadn't heard of it before, and was intrigued by the amazing claims made about it. Feeling like she had no other options ... 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 ...

    ... addiction that we don't hear about is the intense withdrawal period. It is important to start a conversation about what ... dependent on opiates, get arrested, and then you're sent to jail? One survey found that out of 500 ... 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 ...

    ... communication skills training to increase their loved one's willingness to accept and participate in treatment. Learn more about the principles behind CRAFT and how it works. Addiction Treatment Seeking an evaluation by ... 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 ...

    ... 's ability to obtain and maintain employment, decreasing the ability to have a positive influence on society. Fortunately, treatment for addiction does work. We've compiled some information below for you to learn about ... 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, ...

    ... about Lortab abuse include the following: Abusing Lortab can lead to physical and psychological addiction/dependence ... when they graduate treatment. If you or someone you love is ready to seek help because of Lortab abuse, ... continue reading
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