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  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

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

    ... lack of prenatal care and other potentially high-risk activities associated with their opioid use disorder. 3 Neonatal ... Norco, Vicodin). When a pregnant woman uses substances such as opioid painkillers, the drugs can ... 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 ...

    ... Reduce boredom or increase your enjoyment of everyday activities or social events Manage anxiety, stress, or ... these substances boosts your risk of respiratory depression and overdose. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Opana ... 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 ...

    ... activity as an opioid - still elicits its narcotic properties via the brain's opioid receptors. Similar to other drugs in this class of substances ... have the opportunity to attend support groups, like a 12-step program. ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... violent. Is taking several mood-altering substances. Has discussed suicide or exhibited suicidal ... groups, relapse prevention, and other specialized services, amenities, and alternative therapies. Outpatient drug abuse ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates - such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin - are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... today. Consider the following statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: In 2014, ... systems. These feelings, which often accompany activities that promote survival, such as eating or ... 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 ...

    ... recovery services offered from an outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Many factors are ... and even physical illness. Set aside time to engage in activities that you enjoy, whether it be reading, gardening, cooking ... continue reading
  • Opiate Relapse

    Opiate abuse and addiction has become an epidemic with a vast impact on the health and welfare of individuals and societies worldwide 1 . The statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offer a snapshot of the epidemic that helps to ...

    ... abstinence 3 . Addiction to any substance or activity is considered by many a ... group . Engaging in individual or group therapy can be comforting and validating while on your journey toward freedom from substance abuse ... 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 ...

    ... necessary to perform everyday activities. Abandoning previously enjoyable activities. When addiction has ... persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for a substance abuse problem but did not receive help. Prescription drug ... 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 ...

    ... opioid use and reduce opioid-related deaths, criminal activity, and the spread of infectious disease. It has ... assist with all or some of the costs for substance abuse rehab services: Aetna Blue Cross Blue Shield Cigna ... 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 ...

    ... acute withdrawal, the brain reacts to a relative deficit in activity of 2,3: Dopamine , a neurotransmitter related to ... terms of substance abuse treatments and procedures, detoxification is a group of strategies ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They're potent, they're dangerous - and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, such as Vicodin , OxyContin , and Opana, were written in the U.S. When used ...

    ... injecting crushed pills poses its own dangers. These substances and practices can affect almost every part of your ... -activities/testimony-to-congress/2014/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse http ... continue reading
  • Methadone Clinics

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

    ... treatment program (OTPs) certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ... can commit more of their time and energy toward activities that contribute to their mental, physical, and social ... 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 ...

    ... . Nausea. Vomiting. Detox The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA ... me? What methods of therapy (group, family or individual) do I need? What activities are available? If choosing inpatient ... 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 ...

    ... common in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in ... non-judgmental, you can offer to do the following activities with your loved one: Drive them to the ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

    OxyContin is a dangerous drug when not used properly, and it's easy to fall into the trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How to Approach an ...

    ... there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How ... and family over your use. Resorting to illegal activity in order to buy the drug. OxyContin addiction ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

    Prescription opioids are medications to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery, an injury, or specific medical conditions such as cancer. 1 Prescription opioids have become increasingly accepted as treatment for other types of chronic pain, ...

    ... the powder, or dissolving the powder to inject the substance. 3, 4, 11 Chronic use of prescription opioids ... pain-relieving effect. Prescription opioids also increase the activity of dopamine in the brain, which can cause ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... mills”, these companies engage in various activities involving the illicit sale and distribution of ... or non-residential therapy includes similar access to substance abuse counseling and therapy, as well as any needed ... 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 ...

    ... treatment in an inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Inpatient treatment programs offer ... effective form of treatment that may be conducted in a group, individual, or family format. It is an integral ... 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, ...

    ... added level of accountability found in a substance abuse treatment program can help them safely and ... Increased focus. Wakefulness. Talkativeness and increased activity. Appetite suppression. When methylphenidate is not ... 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 ...

    ... valued activities. Marked mood changes. Effects of Abusing Hydrocodone If someone abusing hydrocodone ... habits, friends, or attitude may be red flags for substance abuse. Keep close tabs on the levels of hydrocodone and ... 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) ...

    ... and manipulate others for money or the substance. Struggle to perform routine activities like going to work or school. ... spend time with new groups of people. Lastly, a huge risk of hydromorphone abuse is the potential for ... 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, ...

    ... the associated dangers when: You have a history of substance abuse. You suffer from a mental illness. You take it ... drug. Steal from others/become involved in criminal activity. As your use continues and addiction worsens, ... 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 ...

    ... increasing, risk of a lethal overdose. If a person who has abused Vicodin in the past uses the same dose after a period of ... for acetaminophen toxicity. Combining substances is always a risky activity, and users who mix ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

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

    ... comes and goes or is associated with physical activity 1 . And while morphine can help people ... appointments. Anyone who has ever experienced alcohol abuse, other substance abuse, or mental illness is at a greater risk ... continue reading
  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics, are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ...

    ... side effects like nausea, vomiting, constipation, and slowed activity levels may lead some people to end their use. ... In the field of substance abuse treatment, detoxification is the group of strategies used to manage ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... from the substance. Have cravings for the drug Stop or decrease important activities because of substance use Keep ... CRAFT model that is modified to be used for group education in a treatment environment. Goals of CRAFT-SP ... 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 ...

    ... risk of snorting oxycodone than other age groups 3,4 . Adolescent abuse of oxycodone is a significant concern ... to use oxy despite relationship problems. Giving up activities that were once important in favor of obtaining ... 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 ...

    ... to consult your doctor before undertaking any of these activities. It may also take a little bit of ... and Other Medicine If you want to try a medicinal substance that is not a prescription painkiller, there are some ... 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 ...

    ... check-in programs require you to meet with a drug abuse counselor once per day. Day programs require you to stay ... You'll attend group and individual therapy sessions, participate in activities that focus on socializing ... 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 ...

    ... buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred ... of psychosocial support. Whether it's individual or group therapy, research shows that relapse is much less ... 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 ...

    ... In addition, parents can promote healthy activities for teens, such as hobbies, exercise, and positive peer groups. This can help decrease the appeal of prescription drugs and prevent abuse. Resources, Articles and More ... 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 ...

    ... include: Dramatic mood shifts. Depression. Decreased desire to participate in activities that were once enjoyed. Shifting priorities - abusing methylphenidate becomes a top priority. Strained relationship with family and ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

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

    ... suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid ... of Toronto has provided an encouraging breakthrough, allowing a group of scientists to identify exactly where opioids work in ... continue reading
  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

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

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

    Norco is a prescription medication that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen . It is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain . Taking Norco in amounts exceeding prescribed doses, for lengths of time longer than recommended, or ...

    ... seek a prescription. Withdrawal from social activities. Tolerance (needing higher and higher ... cocaine combined cannot compete with. The CDC now touts opiate abuse as an epidemic. Since 1992, the recreational use of opiate ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

    Fentanyl is an opiate narcotic used to relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine ...

    ... What are the Signs of Addiction? The signs of fentanyl abuse are similar to that of other opiates in that they can ... is no support for the recovering addict. Group and individual therapy approaches . Assistance with proper ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

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

    ... of interest in hobbies, family, or social activities. Disappearance of money. Poor hygiene. Sudden ... children about the physical and mental health risks of DXM abuse. Reinforce to your teen that the fact that a drug ... 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 ...

    ... when combined with other sedative drugs or depressant substances such as alcohol. 3 Can I Become Addicted ... of 10th graders, and 3.4% of 12th graders abused cough and cold medicines in the previous year for recreational ... 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 ...

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of ... a crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant ... 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. ...

    ... as a Schedule II controlled substance , which means that: It carries a high potential for abuse. It may lead to ... of interest in usual or previously pleasurable activities. Social withdrawal or isolation. Changes in ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction

    Vicodin addiction creates a variety of negative consequences for every person. The consequences of Vicodin use can be costly, both physically and emotionally. Like many other drugs of its kind, it is caused by the desire to enhance ones mood or at ...

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

    ... or individual setting and participation in support groups. It will also address any professional, legal, medical or financial issues that may have arisen due to your Vicodin abuse. You don't have to make these decisions ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

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

    ... . As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... substance abuse, and acquaint themselves with the common signs and symptoms of teen drug abuse, such as: Sudden or extreme changes in personality and/or physical appearance. Sudden or extreme changes in social activity ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... In 2017, 1.7 million people suffered from substance use disorders (SUDs) related to prescription opioid ... activate the body's reward system by increasing dopamine activity, which may make users feel relaxed, happy, or ... 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 ...

    ... can be very addictive. The risk of addiction is extremely high when it is not taken as prescribed or abused on a recreational basis. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) lists the drug as a Schedule II narcotic , indicating ... 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 ...

    ... but quickly take a turn toward dependency and abuse. The risk of abuse is especially high for those with a history ... . These interventions include therapy (individual and group) and participation in 12-step programs. ... 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 ...

    ... -damaging substance, Lortab's dangerous effects are heightened to extreme levels. Lortab abuse and ... activities once enjoyed. Impaired judgment. Strained interpersonal relationships. Changes in priorities - abusing ... 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 ...

    ... Continued Roxicodone abuse increases dopamine activity in a way that other healthy activities can't, and so as addiction progresses, obtaining and using oxycodone becomes a priority. As more of the substance is consumed ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangers of misusing Tussionex, stating that abusing it can ...

    ... to deal with stress or unwanted emotions, while others may abuse it in recreational settings, such as at parties or ... from an addiction to Tussionex and/or another substance, call to speak to a treatment support specialist ... 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 ...

    ... GABA activity, and a subsequent upswing in the release of dopamine —a substance associated ... increasing the risk of septicemia . OxyContin Dependence OxyContin abuse often leads to OxyContin dependence, which means that ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

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

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

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

    ... Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew ... therapist recommended she continue counseling and attend support groups. Why Doesn't Everyone Get Treatment? ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

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

    ... someone you love is ready to seek help because of Lortab abuse, we can help. Call us at to speak with someone who ... his or her time. Monitor your teen's Internet activity. Explain to your teen that prescription drugs can ... 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 ...

    ... powerful opioid substance that can result in unwanted side effects even when used as prescribed. When abused, these side ... drug-related people and activities. Inability to maintain positive activities. Being aware of the ... 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 ...

    ... individuals ages 12 and up had a substance use disorder (SUD) involving prescription pain medications ... decreasing significant work-related, fun, or social activities. Getting, using, or recovering from opioids takes ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... 1 . Those believing they are buying their normal drug of choice (e.g., heroin) may be getting a substance that is much stronger than their bodies can handle. Fentanyl can heighten the potency of heroin and lead quickly ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

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

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

    ... positive benefits 6,7 . Side Effects People that use and abuse ACTIQ are at risk of many unwanted side effects, even ... ACTIQ is at risk of become addicted to the substance. Addiction is closely linked to both tolerance and ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because dextromethorphan is found in cough syrup and other cold and cough medicine formulations, it can frequently be found on the shelves ...

    ... be obtained by anyone - heightening its potential for abuse and addiction. Like other abused substances, recovery from any type or level of abuse or addiction is possible. Help for Addicts Addiction to dextromethorphan ... 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, ...

    ... has classified it as a Schedule II substance , which means it has noted abuse potential . The drug is typically ... . The recovery process may be supplemented by: Group therapy. Individual counseling . Supervised detox. 12 ... 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 ...

    ... a treatment support specialist and learn about the path to recovery . Effects of Methylphenidate Abuse Methylphenidate increases the activity of dopamine , which is a neurotransmitter that is associated with pleasure. In ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

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

    ... difference between life and death. Signs and Symptoms People who abuse tramadol in any way put themselves at some risk of ... sessions and sobriety assurance. Self-help groups : Free community-organized programs that help ... 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 ...

    ... This may include therapy (group and individual), education about drug abuse, relapse prevention skills, and ... other shorter-acting, more potent opioid receptor agonist substances - in other words, methadone use shouldn't ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... think of the first, but the world of opioid abuse is expanding and changing. Now, people from many age groups, income brackets, and ethnic backgrounds are abusing opioids heavily. The tentacles of the opioid epidemic are ... 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 . ...

    ... Choosing Tussionex use over hobbies or recreational activities. Usingit in situations that can be ... lining. Chronic drug abuse or addiction of any type has its own consequences, regardless of the substance. Over time, ... 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 ...

    ... Outpatient treatment programs provide many with quality substance abuse treatment, but with enough flexibility that they ... talk with them about treatment. Attend group therapy sessions. Attend individual therapy sessions. ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... as a Schedule II substance, meaning it carries a high potential for abuse and dependence . Although ... to live without using the drug. You may attend support groups while in treatment, and this can be a healthy way ... 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 ...

    ... Generally, addiction is seen as the repeated use and abuse of a substance even when use is likely to cause harm to one' ... , desirable rewards to encourage drug-free actions and activities 9 . CRA plus vouchers is a 24-week ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used to suppress coughing. You'll find it in a number of cough syrups and in cold medications (both over-the-counter and prescription). It is also sold on the street under several different names, including: ...

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

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

    ... with other substances such as other opioids, sedatives, cocaine, or alcohol. Abusing the drug ... a day. You can choose outpatient counseling in the form of group, individual, or family therapy. These are generally 1- or 2 ... 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, ...

    ... abusing and overusing the fentanyl, which means that they will likely run out of the substance ... and activities. Changing relationships or increased conflict with established relationships. Someone abusing fentanyl by ... continue reading
  • Morphine Abuse

    What Is Morphine? Morphine is the primary chemical component in opium. It is an opioid analgesic drug that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of ...

    ... to lips and fingernails. Coma and death in overdose situations. Note that one of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other opiates slow the normal movement of the digestive tract. A serious ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

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

    Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, or 'painkiller' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ...

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

    ... initially legitimately prescribed. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ... activities. Is Roxicodone Addictive? Yes. Like other opioid substances, Roxicodone can be very addictive. Once consumed, the substance ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

    If you suspect that a loved one is abusing Demerol or you know someone who is trying to quit using, there are ways that you can help. How to Approach an Addict It is important to understand how to address the situation in a supportive manner. Here ...

    ... abuse. The classes cover a variety of topics including: Understanding a loved one's triggers to use substances ... outpatient treatment programs. 12-Step Programs 12-step groups and other forms of support focused on addiction ... continue reading
  • OxyContin Abuse

    What Is OxyContin? OxyContin is a branded formulation of the powerful opioid painkiller , oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of moderate to severe pain. When taken as directed, it is a safe and effective medication, and has proven ...

    ... to prescription opioids were 19 times more likely to start abusing heroin in the year prior to the study. This may ... to organ damage from solid pieces of the substance entering the bloodstream. Blockages may cut off ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

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

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

    ... into their own reasons for turning to substance abuse. Program options include: Outpatient treatment programs ... top of these formal programs, free self-help groups such as 12-step programs (Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics ... 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 . ...

    ... but also depresses certain central nervous system (CNS) activity 2,3 . Methadone has a long duration of ... linked to the abuse of methadone are many, so those misusing and/or addicted to this substance are advised to seek ... 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 ...

    ... )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent abuse potential. Painkiller abuse can range from ... 'll also get support from other members of the group on similar recovery journeys. The wisdom and support of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

    Help for Percocet Addicts If you're battling an addiction to Percocet (the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately ...

    ... could include: Individual therapy sessions. Group therapy sessions. Educational lectures about addiction ... lows encountered with the particular type of substance abuse being treated. Buprenorphine - Mimics the effects ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... abuse and physical dependency, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reclassified all hydrocodone combination products as Controlled Substance ... consumer and addiction treatment groups voiced their concerns about ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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

    ... to these crushing statistics, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have teamed up to ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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

    ... evidence to classify tramadol as a controlled substance. With this re-classification came stricter ... still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

    Help for Opiates Addicts Opiates are some of the most abused drugs in America, with prescription opiates accounting for up to 5.1 million cases of addiction. Around 210 million doses of opiates, including morphine , OxyContin and Vicodin , were ...

    ... it clear you won't be enabling their drug or alcohol abuse anymore, if you have been. It's very likely that your ... problems on any number of other factors besides their substance use. For example, if their using led to ... 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, ...

    ... is a great self-help group for a person recovering from oxycodone abuse. Oxycodone overdose is a potentially life-threatening situation that can be avoided with the help of substance abuse recovery efforts. Call us at ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... the Controlled Substances Act, with accepted medical use for pain relief but a high potential for abuse and dependence ... for substance use and develop new sobriety-supporting beliefs and habits. Support groups . Programs ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... between the drug and receptor is in increasing dopamine activity in key brain regions. Dopamine is an important ... abstinence. Statistics on Oxycodone Abuse Oxycodone has been a dangerous substance growing in popularity over ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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

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

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... : 12-Step programs are commonly incorporated into formal substance abuse rehabilitation programs. Both during rehab and afterwards, 12-Step groups provide members with a supportive and encouraging environment amongst ... 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 ...

    ... in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2014 ... normally gets released when a person engages in healthy activities like exercising or eating, and it produces a ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... Narcotics Anonymous. Participating in other twelve-step groups, or non-twelve-step recovery programs ... over a 5-year period. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost 17 ... 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 ...

    ... a single overdose strongly indicates the need for substance abuse treatment. Treatment usually begins following a detox ... some combination of medications, individual and group counseling , drug-avoidance training, and long ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 ...

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

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... rates of abuse have been on the rise for people from all ethnic and socioeconomic group as ... to codeine, heroin , and morphine. These kinds of substances are particularly risky because you can become addicted even ... continue reading
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