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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 ...

    ... lows encountered with the particular type of substance abuse being treated. Buprenorphine - Mimics the ... he uses the medication exactly as the doctor prescribes. Quote from a Percocet Addict I craved the feeling that ... 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 ...

    ... example: Liver toxicity produces few symptoms and without blood testing; it may not be noticed by a user until ... aged 12 or older needed treatment for a substance abuse problem but did not receive help. Prescription drug ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... seem far off to someone in the midst of a struggle with substance abuse, but it is possible and it happens every day. Read memorable quotes about addiction from those in recovery. Treatment Kicking an Ultram addiction ... continue reading
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    We made this free self-assessment quiz to help you better understand your or your loved one’s substance use.
  • 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. ...

    ... to closing their public restrooms in recent months, others have chosen to take a different route. One business quoted in the NPR article installed a blue light to make it difficult for people who shoot up to find ... continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

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

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

    ... brain, preventing that person from feeling the “reward” or euphoric high of consuming the drug. In further tests, the rodents also appeared less susceptible to fatal overdose, as the researchers found that it took much ... 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 ...

    ... hours per day, your drug abuse counselor might give you random drug tests to ensure you're following ... with an uncontrollable urge to consume the medication. Quote from a Former Tramadol Abuser My pain typically would ... 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 ...

    ... psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with ... leg pain. Trials are currently underway to test their effectiveness on headaches. Anticonvulsants Traditionally used ... 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 ...

    ... receptors. Similar to other drugs in this class of substances, some people may be at risk for addiction if they ... on mood may cause some patients, like the women quoted above, to take tramadol in larger doses and more ... 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 ...

    ... (MAT) for long-term treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred over other medications for opioid withdrawal because they can ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... people who died from an overdose of fentanyl additionally tested positive for heroin or cocaine, compared to 42% ... of choice (e.g., heroin) may be getting a substance that is much stronger than their bodies can handle. ... 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
  • How to Treat Actiq (Fentanyl) Addiction

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

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

    ... During Pregnancy The rates of prescription painkiller use and abuse are rising in the United States, and pregnant women ... Norco, Vicodin). When a pregnant woman uses substances such as opioid painkillers, the drugs can pass ... 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
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

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

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

    ... . This plays a big part in deterring substance abuse , says Doberstein, especially since science suggests the ... over 600 patients with chronic lower back pain. In all tests, NKTR-181's effects were the same, whether it was ... 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 ...

    ... by) other drugs, such as fentanyl (an opioid much more potent than heroin) 7 . Side Effects Users may abuse the drug because of its pleasurable effects. However, oxy can also cause unpleasant side effects such as 8 : ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

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

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

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

    ... fear mongering of late, overdose reversal kits are not a crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant to keep people alive long enough to get them the ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    ... . Driven to Opana? In 2010, OxyContin's manufacturer reformulated the drug in an effort to combat its widespread abuse. The “new” OxyContin was harder to snort and inject, as “cooking” up the crushed pill mixture simply ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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

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

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone - an opiate pain medication. It is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. Because Norco contains the narcotic hydrocodone, it can be addictive and should be used with caution. Is Norco ...

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

    ... 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 opiates in that they can range from mild to life-threatening. Someone who ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

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

    ... In 2017, 1.7 million people suffered from substance use disorders (SUDs) related to prescription opioid painkillers ... Short-Term Effects Many painkillers that are typically abused fall under the opioid category. The effects ... continue reading
  • 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, ...

    ... of a tramadol overdose may one day mean the difference between life and death. Signs and Symptoms People who abuse tramadol in any way put themselves at some risk of overdosing, though toxicity is rare when the drug is ... 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
  • 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, ...

    ... life takes a back seat, and their personal, professional and financial situation may begin to unravel. Effects of Vicodin Abuse It doesn't take much to feel the effects of Vicodin use . Even casual users or those closely ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

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

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... and lead to addiction. Methylphenidate should only be used as directed and never taken without a prescription. If abuse of methylphenidate is taking over your life, know that you can get better. Check out the types of ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... And after having lived a long and successful life, they may feel too ashamed to admit they're now struggling with drug abuse. Of course, it doesn't matter if you're older, if you're successful, if you've gotten your drug ... 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
  • 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, ...

    ... they'll be in when they graduate treatment. If you or someone you love is ready to seek help because of Lortab abuse, we can help. Call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak with someone who can advise you on the ... 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... of these drugs , a number that even heroin and cocaine combined cannot compete with. The CDC now touts opiate abuse as an epidemic. Since 1992, the recreational use of opiate drugs has tripled , and the United States is ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to treat relatively severe pain and is available in liquid or tablet form. As a schedule II prescription ...

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

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

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

    ... the following actions: Talk to your teens and younger children about the physical and mental health risks of DXM abuse. Reinforce to your teen that the fact that a drug is prescription does not mean that is not dangerous ... 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 ...

    ... or violent. Is taking several mood-altering substances. Has discussed suicide or exhibited suicidal behavior. ... of Addiction? Some common signs of Dilaudid addiction/abuse include: Needing more of the drug to achieve ... 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 ...

    ... of heroin dependence or other forms of opiate abuse . While it is regularly used in the management ... and other shorter-acting, more potent opioid receptor agonist substances - in other words, methadone use shouldn't ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How ... It's no longer about controlling the pain; OxyContin abuse or addiction is all about being out of control. ... 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, ...

    ... pain reliever. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified it as a Schedule II substance , which means it has noted abuse potential . The drug is typically prescribed for cough and pain relief. The drug ... 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 ...

    ... when used in concert with the drug. Specifically, combining these substances boosts your risk of respiratory depression and overdose. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Opana Aside from the short-term effects of Opana, there ... 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 ...

    ... , over 2 million were estimated to abuse opioid painkillers. Abuse of opiates, whether prescription painkillers or heroin ... crushed pills poses its own dangers. These substances and practices can affect almost every part ... 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
  • 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” ...

    ... become one of the biggest health problems in the United States today. Consider the following statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: In 2014, 1.6% of the U.S. population aged 12 or ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

    Help for Norco Addicts Hear from others who have loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate to severe symptoms of pain, such as that which accompanies dental work or surgery. ...

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

    ... for rewards if a person provides negative drug tests). Motivational interviewing/enhancement . This is a style ... assist with all or some of the costs for substance abuse rehab services: Aetna Blue Cross Blue Shield Cigna ... 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 ...

    ... relapse, understand addiction better, and gain deeper insight into their own reasons for turning to substance abuse. Program options include: Outpatient treatment programs , which allow the recovering person to live at ... 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 ...

    ... to look. How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone can lead to serious health and social consequences ... treatment programs provide many with quality substance abuse treatment, but with enough flexibility ... 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. There were 3,400 deaths related to ...

    ... in injections rather than taking orally, as intended. Mixing methadone with other substances such as other opioids, sedatives, cocaine, or alcohol. Abusing the drug when no one is around to notice medical red flags, such ... 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 ...

    ... duration of action. It is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act, with accepted medical use for pain relief but a high potential for abuse and dependence. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine addiction is a widespread, far-reaching problem that spans across ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination ...

    ... of codeine cough syrup were used for illegal purposes over a 5-year period. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost 17,000 deaths due to overdose from opiates occurred ... 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 ...

    ... ). Mental clouding. Confusion. Long-Term Effects of Abuse Abusing Tussionex on a long-term basis can lead to ... you suffer from an addiction to Tussionex and/or another substance, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak ... 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 ...

    ... illegally on the Internet. To help prevent teen drug abuse, parents should keep prescription medications out of reach, have periodic conversations about substance abuse, and acquaint themselves with the common signs and ... 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 ...

    ... their addiction, while also building the skills to manage cravings and resist triggers for continued substance abuse. There are many program options to fit individual needs, including: Outpatient treatment allows people ... continue reading
  • Methadone Withdrawal

    Methadone is a prescription opioid medication primarily used for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence. When used in this manner, it is highly controlled and only dispensed from locations that meet high standards to monitor use 1,2,3 . ...

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

    ... . This causes an intensely pleasurable experience or “high.” Abusing morphine is dangerous because it can lead to the ... in an inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Inpatient treatment programs ... 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 ...

    ... levels of addiction. Researchers tested hundreds of substances to identify suitable alternatives and ... or faxed to pharmacies. How Dangerous Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone abuse can be dangerous on a number of levels. Even ... 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 ...

    ... change maladaptive behaviors associated with drug abuse. The classes cover a variety of topics including: Understanding a loved one's triggers to use substances. Positive communication strategies. Positive reinforcement ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... use that can fast lead to dependence on the substance and addiction. In addition, Demerol intoxication is associated ... or someone else. Long-Term Effects of Abuse Abusing Demerol may lead to serious long-term effects ... 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 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 ...

    ... they can have a dark side. They are among the most abused drugs in the United States as they're easy to get ... and reinforces the behavior, i.e., ingestion of the substance. See below: Overdose In the United States, more ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    With chronic use of Opana, users may develop a tolerance to the drug - spurring a pattern of continuously taking more and more of the drug to experience the same effects. Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a ...

    ... addition to an overall decrease in pain. The drug is classified as a Schedule II substance, meaning it carries a high potential for abuse and dependence . Although Opana tablets are instructed to be taken orally, people ... 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 ...

    ... or even death. If you recognize the signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse in yourself or a loved one, don't wait to seek help. ... Statistics Fentanyl is a highly addictive substance that has many inherent dangers. Note ... 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, ...

    ... . Oxycodone overdose is a potentially life-threatening situation that can be avoided with the help of substance abuse recovery efforts. Call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to find a treatment center and get started ... 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 ...

    ... aftercare. Treatment program options vary widely to accommodate any individual's needs. Verify Your Substance Abuse Treatment Insurance Inpatient treatment allows the recovering individual to stay for a duration of time ... 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 ...

    ... as NA. Recovery is Possible It's important to understand that while addiction feels all-consuming, recovery from substance abuse is possible and happens every day. If you or someone you know is addicted to Lortab, please ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... specializes in treating pain in 1962. The medication was tested for 15 years in Germany before being approved and brought ... look into the patterns of a substance and the market that abuses it. Internet search trends for ... 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, ...

    ... . Many find that the high level of care and added level of accountability found in a substance abuse treatment program can help them safely and comfortably traverse the dicey period of stimulant withdrawal and resist ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

    Tussionex is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller and cough suppressant, and chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine which eases allergy symptoms 1 . As a cough medicine, Tussionex is frequently prescribed to both children and adults. It is ...

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

    ... relief. 1,2 Methadone must be given at an opioid treatment program (OTPs) certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the supervision of an authorized medical provider. It is ... 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 ...

    ... and more readily available on the street. 4,5 Are you abusing Roxy or any other painkillers? Don't wait until it's ... stage for a possible overdose. As more of the substance is consumed, and over longer periods of time, the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Addiction is characterized by compulsive use despite the knowledge that it's affecting your life in a myriad of negative ways. Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not ...

    ... that they are becoming dependent on them and may begin abusing them as their bodies become tolerant and they need more ... a vital part of care for people with substance use disorders. While hospitals can certainly provide ... 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 ...

    ... ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent abuse potential. Painkiller abuse can range from codeine cough syrup misuse to the diversion and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that derives from opiate alkaloids found in the opium ... risk of septicemia . OxyContin Dependence OxyContin abuse often leads to OxyContin dependence, which means ... 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, ...

    ... addressing the prescription opioid crisis ,” said lead author of the study, Dr. Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Maryland. She said there was a rise in high ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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
  • Opioid Hotlines

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? Heroin and prescription painkiller medications are addictive narcotic drugs that are classified as opioids because they either directly derive from or are synthesized to resemble opiate alkaloid substances ...

    ... How can I help my loved one find treatment? What types of treatments may be offered for specific substance abuse disorders? How long can treatment take? Should I Call an Opiate Hotline? If you are contemplating treatment ... 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 ...

    ... or cut down on codeine use. Experiencing even a single overdose strongly indicates the need for substance abuse treatment. Treatment usually begins following a detox period of a few days, which involves professionally ... 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 ...

    ... effects. This is known as developing a tolerance to a substance , which often leads to increased drug taking to overcome ... of a lethal overdose. If a person who has abused Vicodin in the past uses the same dose after a ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

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

    ... can be just as dangerous as an illicit drug when abused. Side Effects Percocet's ability to bring about a euphoric ... chronic health issues—the brain is actually changed by substance use. In this manner, addiction does not ... 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, ...

    ... overdose. You are more prone to morphine addiction and the associated dangers when: You have a history of substance abuse. You suffer from a mental illness. You take it solely for recreational use. You take more 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, ...

    ... support groups can help prevent relapse and provide ongoing support through the lifelong process of recovery from substance abuse. If you or someone you know is struggling with Fentanyl addiction, please call 1-888-744 ... 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 . ...

    ... . HIV or Hepatitis. Infection of the heart lining. Chronic drug abuse or addiction of any type has its own consequences, regardless of the substance. Over time, acquiring and using Tussionex takes priority over other ... 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 ...

    ... in an efficient and effective manner, so as to give the victim the best chance for survival. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has provided a detailed guide for what to do in the event ... 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 ...

    ... be accompanied by a number of unwanted side effects: 1,2,4 Did You Know? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2017, approximately 1.7 million people were found to be ... 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, ...

    ... morphine in potency. Thanks to rampant abuse and physical dependency, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reclassified all hydrocodone combination products as Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective October 6 ... 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 ...

    ... who relapse experience a surge in negative thoughts and feelings, which can reinforce old patterns of maladaptive substance abuse behaviors and soon lead them back to a path of addiction. Finding a treatment provider or ... 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 ...

    ... a drug-free state. Encouraging further treatment . Because detox is not a complete treatment for substance abuse, further treatment is recommended for sustained recovery. Detox can take place in a number of settings ... 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 ...

    ... use. The frequency of use. Ending use of oxycodone is best done under the care of a substance abuse professional. By completing an assessment , the professional can recommend the safest course of treatment with the best ... 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 ...

    ... prescription pain relievers, such as Vicodin, is increasingly common in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2014, 4.3 million people aged 12 or older ... continue reading
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