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  • 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 ...

    ... history. You may be switched onto an alternative opioid like methadone or buprenorphine; alternatively, you might simply be weaned off opiates altogether. Before beginning the process of detoxification and treatment, a ... 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 ...

    ... . Detox programs can help people slowly wean off of Tussionex under medical supervision . Medications ... used as long-term maintenance to prevent relapse. Buprenorphine: Treats withdrawal symptoms, decreases urges to use, ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    If you or a loved one abuses opioids, you should know that opioid addiction treatment can be a beneficial and potentially lifesaving intervention. 1 It can be challenging and uncomfortable to stop using opioids on your own. 2 Opioid rehab can help ...

    ... a formal opioid rehab program. During this time you may be tapered off the opioid or moved to a medication like methadone or buprenorphine, both of which can reduce or eliminate cravings and withdrawal symptoms. You ... continue reading
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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 ...

    ... , the newborn's supply of drugs is abruptly cut off, potentially causing withdrawal in the newborn. 5 The severity ... breastfeeding if the mother is using methadone or buprenorphine. 5 A baby with NAS may require treatment ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms of overdose. It is included with buprenorphine in the combination treatment drug known as ... want inpatient or outpatient treatment? Can I take time off work to attend treatment? NOTE : Many employers allow for ... 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 ...

    ... opiate dependence or gradually tapered over time. Buprenorphine can decrease withdrawal symptoms and cravings and ... our Overview on Painkiller Detox page . For help getting off Demerol, call now. We can help you find the ... 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” ...

    ... maintenance treatment with drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine can greatly improve an opiate addict's chance ... beating the addiction. Some people can taper off maintenance medication after months, whereas others have ... continue reading
  • Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a serious national health ...

    ... a prime candidate for abuse, even by people who start off taking the drug as prescribed. It is important to recognize ... manage opiate dependence like methadone or buprenorphine. These substances work to relieve cravings ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms and curb cravings. Methadone is taken orally on a daily basis and is administered in a clinic. Buprenorphine - A synthetic opioid that works as a partial agonist to reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... older Americans are using opioids at higher rates, but why? First off, we know that as you get older you're more likely ... will provide medications like methadone or buprenorphine to lessen the pain of withdrawal 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 ...

    ... abuse include: Drowsiness and possible intermittent dozing off. Delayed reactions, making it dangerous to operate ... on another 'stabilizing' opiate regimen, such as buprenorphine, to manage your symptoms and reduce the ... 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 ...

    ... used as part of MAT include 8,9 : A full or partial opioid agonist like methadone or buprenorphine that produces opioid effects at significantly lower levels to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Probuphine , a ... 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 ...

    ... , a partial opioid agonist that also relieves withdrawal discomfort and reduces cravings. Probuphine , a buprenorphine implant that steadily releases the drug over a period of 6 months. Another medication, naltrexone , ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms. It is often used as part of a long-term maintenance plan against opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate cravings. It is often combined with naloxone (as Suboxone), which ... 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, ...

    ... people to continue treatment after detox. 10, 15, 17 It is common to use either methadone or buprenorphine during medical detox to manage withdrawal symptoms, ease cravings, and reduce the risk of complications. 2, 15 ... 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 ...

    ... avoiding the intense highs and lows encountered with the particular type of substance abuse being treated. Buprenorphine - Mimics the effects of opioids without the addictive high or the withdrawal. Suboxone - Combines ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Addiction

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

    ... blood pressure. 10 Some medications can be used to assist with tramadol withdrawal. These include: 11 Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, can help to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Methadone ... 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 ...

    ... synthetic opioid that helps with withdrawal symptoms and relieves drug cravings. Buprenorphine: A partial opioid agonist drug, buprenorphine can also stabilize someone in opioid withdrawal and decrease cravings. Non ... 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 ...

    ... or in combination with naloxone as Suboxone) that activate opioid receptors but to a lesser degree. Buprenorphine has a ceiling to its effects, which discourages further abuse. Antagonists like naltrexone (Vivitrol) that ... 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 ...

    ... with which a substance is used. The goal is to manage serious withdrawal symptoms and wean the body completely off the substance. Upon completion of detox, various behavioral therapy interventions will usually begin as ... 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 ...

    ... Specialists Not Part of Care . Medline Plus. A period of medically supervised detox will wean the user off the substance while managing the symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible. Other substances ... 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 ...

    ... and lower cravings and, in most cases, will be slowly tapered until full abstinence is achieved. Buprenorphine —Like methadone, this partial opioid agonist will aid in reducing withdrawals and cravings. Naltrexone —This ... 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 ...

    ... Treatment Methods Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves the use of medications, such as naltrexone or buprenorphine, to help people cope with cravings and withdrawal. MAT refers to the combination of medications ... 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 ...

    ... solely a supportive and abstinent environment. There are many maintenance medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone prescribed for opiate addiction that may be used to assist with detoxification or ... 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 ...

    ... help manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms you may be given certain FDA-approved opioid substitutes such as buprenorphine or methadone as well as other supportive care to make the detox experience more comfortable. After ... 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 ...

    ... and counseling. 6 There are medications that can help treat opioid disorders, including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. 1 These medications help patients manage their opioid use disorders. In addition ... 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 ...

    ... comfort. At this point, some will be transitioned onto another “stabilizing” or “maintenance” medication like buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) or methadone . These substances can be controlled in a way to help prevent ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever , useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to ...

    ... -helping to minimize the risk for relapse or continued drug use. At times, drugs like methadone or buprenorphine will be used to aid the transition away from Vicodin. This process varies in time and intensity based ... 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 ...

    ... and help curb cravings. The drug has a long history of being used to treat opioid-addicted individuals. Buprenorphine — A synthetic opioid that works as a partial agonist, meaning that it only partially activates opioid ... 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 ...

    ... with professional help . Effective treatment involves reducing withdrawal symptoms with a medication such as buprenorphine (Suboxone(R)/Subutex(R)), along with medical supervision to increase the patient's comfort during ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... to get the same effects and often become addicted as a result. Quotes from Recovering Addicts Recovery may seem far off to someone in the midst of a struggle with substance abuse, but it is possible and it happens every ... 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 ...

    ... you need help to do so. Quitting may trigger the onset of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that make staying off tramadol a significant challenge for many. Call to find help today. What Is Tramadol Withdrawal? To better ... 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 . ...

    ... person will likely need to be monitored to prevent a recurrence of symptoms once the medication wears off. Tussionex Statistics Opioid use has reached epidemic proportions in recent years, and Tussionex falls under this ... 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 ...

    ... . Taking laxatives to help with constipation (a common opioid side effect). Poor coordination. Nodding off (momentary lapses in consciousness; difficulty staying awake and alert). Development of tolerance (needing more ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... do nothing to improve your condition. They only reduce your discomfort temporarily. When the previous dose wears off, you must take more to maintain your relief. The continued use of opioid medications often leads to ... 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 ...

    ... pills can lead to organ damage from solid pieces of the substance entering the bloodstream. Blockages may cut off blood supply to vital areas, and infection may travel throughout the body from dirty pills and otherwise ... 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 ...

    ... therapy is very effective, and it can help people work out what they need to do to get off painkillers and to cope with life without drugs. Additional therapeutic interventions will help people to make healthy changes ... 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 ...

    ... You don't have to suffer alone . Through detox programs and inpatient rehab facilities, you can get off morphine under medical supervision, through which your symptoms will managed to maximize your comfort. Worried about ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

    Substance abuse problems have the potential to negatively affect individuals, their families, and society as a whole. As addiction progresses, the sufferer's obsession with his preferred substance tends to outweigh his concern for the consequences ...

    ... 've developed a dependence to Ultram may experience significantly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to cut off use, so quitting can be difficult to do alone. Treatment for addiction to Ultram and other ... 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 ...

    ... to be easier and more comfortable for users to overcome the difficult withdrawal symptoms and to get off morphine for good with the help of medical professionals in a formal treatment setting. Inpatient rehab facilities ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ultram's potential for abuse has been ...

    ... among many that is not as addictive as other opiates. Withdrawal symptoms for someone getting off of Ultram can include: Difficulty sleeping. Pain. Nausea. Diarrhea. Anxiety and panic attacks. Hallucinations. Tremors ... continue reading
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  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... medications to help treat withdrawal symptoms as you begin the weaning process. Slowly taper off the drug: Health experts recommend gradually reducing your buprenorphine dosage. Over a period of three weeks (or more ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... increased and the underlying condition worsening. Weaning off of benzos should be done gradually ... off and do not increase with dose increases, which decreases the risk of side effects, misuse, and dependency. Buprenorphine ... 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 ...

    ... the substance and level of use, detox may focus on slowly weaning the person off of the substance or switching to another opioid like methadone or buprenorphine as a form of medication-assisted treatment. Tips to Handle ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Suboxone and Alcohol and Abuse

    About Alcohol and Suboxone Alcohol Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance by both teenagers and adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, the CDC found that in any given month, 25% of high ...

    ... —used to gradually wean the patient off of opioids altogether, while minimizing withdrawal effects. Suboxone is a a common medication used as part of MAT for opiate/opioid addiction and consists of: Buprenorphine - An ... 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 ...

    ... With longer acting drugs such as methadone, LAAM, or buprenorphine, symptoms may take anywhere from 1-2 days to ... no standard protocol was in place to help wean individuals off of methadone or other opiates. This means ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

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

    ... work for different individuals. One form of treatment proposed is access to buprenorphine (Suboxone), a medication widely used to wean people off opioids by relieving the withdrawal symptoms. It is similar to methadone ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Subutex Abuse

    Subutex (buprenorphine) is used to treat an addiction to opiates. However, Subutex itself is addictive. Its addictive ingredient is buprenorphine hydrochloride, which reduces the symptoms of dependence on opiates . Subutex contains only ...

    ... Jones et al., 2012). The drug interaction between buprenorphine and alcohol is considered a major one and can ... taking the drug. Most doctors try to slowly wean their patients off of opiates and Subutex until they can live ... continue reading
  • Drug Treatment Program Glossary

    Navigating the seemingly intricate world of substance use treatment might seem a complex endeavor. With the multiple types of care, treatment locations, levels of care, medication and behavioral therapies, being familiar with commonly used terms ...

    ... to curb cravings and addictive behaviors 4 . Buprenorphine . A medication used sublingually and in other ... NRTs provide a steady, low level of nicotine to wean the user off of other nicotine use. Treatment can be combined ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery

    Drug abuse and addiction can quite literally destroy lives. The prevalence of drug abuse is of epidemic proportions in the United States. In 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 23.9 million people, age 12 and up, had used ...

    ... extended period of time may require maintenance medication , such as methadone or buprenorphine, in order to safely wean them off the illicit drug. For various addictions, antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications may ... continue reading
  • Buprenorphine

    Opioid addiction can be very difficult to overcome, especially due to severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings that can occur during the recovery process. Buprenorphine is a prescription medication that is used to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms, ...

    ... still call 911 after administering naloxone, even if the person seems fine, since the effects can wear off before the buprenorphine or opioids. 5, 15 Naloxone can be obtained through a pharmacy in most states, and you do ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... sickness. Some even say Suboxone helps to stave off the chronic depression that often follows detox. On ... 's no way your brain chemistry can heal while on buprenorphine,” says Dr. Scanlan. “You're continuing to give someone ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

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

    ... Chernyak, is the only provider in the state certified to treat Utah's current number of 275 patients with buprenorphine; which can mean up to two days travel, and cost inefficiencies, to treat a new patient. She states ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new ... continue reading
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  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Camden, NJ

    Camden, New Jersey, is in the midst of an opioid abuse crisis. In 2016, 2,981 Camden County residents sought treatment for a primary heroin addiction, while 627 residents got help for addiction to another opioid. 1 Heroin and other opioids accounted ...

    ... aftercare. In a medical detox program, you'll get medical attention for your withdrawal symptoms as you wean off opioids. This alleviates the uncomfortable effects and keeps you safe during the process. Keep in mind that ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

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

    ... again. However, for those who determine to quit, following closely a doctor's recommended guidelines for slowly weaning off the benzo was most effective — if still painful. 3. Using Often Creates Cognitive Impairment As ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin Abuse: Symptoms, Effects, Overdose & Treatment

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

    ... function and avoid a potentially perilous withdrawal syndrome. Getting medical detox helps you to slowly wean off gabapentin while under medical supervision. Inpatient Treatment : If your gabapentin addiction is severe ... continue reading
  • Valium History and Statistics

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    ... individual is safely weaned off alcohol or another drug, they can more easily be tapered off Valium. Who' ... declining or not. Treatment admissions for Valium leveled off between 2012 and 2013, but remain high relative to ... continue reading
  • The Side Effects of Xanax: Pill Use and Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. 1,2 The medication comes in the form of a pill that quickly dissolves ...

    ... in an outpatient or inpatient setting, depending on the individual's needs. During medical detox, you may be slowly weaned off Xanax over the course of several weeks or even months in order to give your body a chance to ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... she should do next - she felt bad both on and off the pills. Proper Protocol Hillary's actions demonstrate what not to ... circumstances, it might be important to slowly wean off the drug, then slowly increase the dosage ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

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

    ... do a tapering program at home under the guidance of a medical doctor. With a taper program, you will slowly be weaned off the drug. You should make sure to keep in contact with your doctor and advise if you have any side ... continue reading
  • Carisoprodol Abuse

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

    ... best. A residential rehab center helps the patient through the detox process , during which the patient is weaned off his physical dependency on the drug . These centers also provide in-depth, 24/7 care for the duration ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

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

    ... -Assisted Treatment (MAT) . In certain cases, you may receive specific medications to help you wean off the drug. Additional pharmaceutical intervention may be helpful in addressing any co-occurring mental or physical ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

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

    ... medical treatment can manage the symptoms experienced during withdrawal, allowing for patients to wean off benzodiazepines safely. Older Patients' Risk of Benzodiazepine Misuse Overprescription and over medication for ... continue reading
  • Medications for Addiction Treatment

    Addiction is a chronic and complex, but treatable disease. Like other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, it can be managed under the guidance of a trained clinician, with a variety of treatment approaches available that are individually ...

    ... it is considered safe and with no potential for abuse and virtually no risk of overdose. 5 Buprenorphine Buprenorphine is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of opioid use disorders that comes in multiple forms ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Norwalk, CA

    The small city of Norwalk, CA, is located just southeast of Los Angeles and, like other cities in Los Angeles County, struggles with illicit drugs as well as opioid abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that, of the ...

    ... addiction include medication-assisted treatment (which involves medications to alleviate cravings, such as buprenorphine) and therapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Whether you struggle with heroin ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Vineland, NJ

    Residents of Vineland, New Jersey are no stranger to the nation’s opioid abuse crisis. Statistics show that in 2016, Vineland had the highest number of substance abuse admissions in all of Cumberland County (660). 1 Of those 660 admissions, 301 ...

    ... typically cover at least part of substance use disorder treatment and may also cover treatment medications, such as buprenorphine. 2 Check the details of your plan to see what applies for you. Under the Affordable Care ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Redlands, CA

    Southern California has been touted as one of the few places in the United States yet to experience the full brunt of the opioid abuse and overdose epidemic. 1 However, data from all over the area, including small cities like Redlands in San ...

    ... from opioids is commonly unpleasant, but can be more comfortably managed with medications, such as buprenorphine. Medical detox, combined with therapy to change behaviors, has helped thousands of San Bernardino County ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Bullhead City, AZ

    There is more out there for you than a life lived in active addiction. While it may not feel today as if there is much hope, people do recover every day with the help of substance abuse treatment. Often, the thought of facing withdrawal is a major ...

    ... . For additional resources available to residents of Bullhead City, AZ, see below: Health and Substance Abuse Resource Guide Bullhead City prescription drug drop-off location Bullhead City Narcotics Anonymous Meetings continue reading
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Help for Drug Abuse

    How do I know if I need help? Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you're addicted to a substance, and you may be wondering if you need professional help. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the signs of a substance use ...

    ... or vacation spot. Executive: This option caters to business professionals who can't take the time off work to attend treatment. These centers generally provide private phones, conference rooms, and Internet connection ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... him two and a half years in a federal prison. 18. Jon Daly Pro-golfer Jon Daly was a heavy drinker off the course. Despite that he had previously won two majors, he went six years without a professional victory as a ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Brownsville, TN

    If you are living in Brownsville, struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, it's probably time to consider your options to get clean and sober. In 2015, Tennessee had the 10th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States—most of these ...

    ... for in treatment before you start your search. You can begin searching online to find a treatment center that marks off all or the majority of the things you are looking for. Once you enter treatment, you can expect to ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Cleveland, MS

    Addiction affects people from all walks of life. It is incredibly powerful and can cause serious, life-altering problems in your life. If you are battling a drug or alcohol addiction, substance abuse treatment in Cleveland, Mississippi or elsewhere ...

    ... you take the first step towards recovery. In many cases of substance dependence, you will first detox off of the substance and then receive a combination of professional therapy services to address the issues underlying ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Long Branch, NJ

    Heroin is a problem all over the state of New Jersey, including Long Branch. Heroin, like other drugs, impacts not only the user, but their friends, family, and children. Of those people admitted to substance abuse treatment in Monmouth County ...

    ... to relieve the symptoms. The baby must be carefully treated, typically with methadone, and then gently tapered off medication. 2 If you are pregnant and using heroin or other opioid drugs, it is very important that ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Rosemead, CA

    It is no secret that families in Rosemead, California, are struggling under the weight of the opioid epidemic that has swept the country in the past decade. Too often, people who would have never considered making choices that would lead to any kind ...

    ... patients who genuinely need relief from pain will come in for treatment. Is your loved one buying pills off the street to support an opioid addiction? Or are you struggling to control your use of alcohol, benzodiazepines ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Paramount, CA

    From heroin to prescription painkillers, to the deadly influx of fentanyl, opioid abuse is a looming threat in Paramount and across the state of California. The California Department of Public Health has asked that all county emergency departments ...

    ... departments have instituted a number of policies aimed at curbing opioid abuse, keeping prescription drugs off the black market, and preventing overdose. These measures include limiting the amount of prescription ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in National City, CA

    Drug overdoses steal the lives of thousands of people every year throughout the country. Between 2012 and 2014, 1,272 residents of San Diego County died of a drug overdose. 1 While many people place sole blame on the opioid epidemic for incredible ...

    ... overdose and no specifically approved medication-assisted treatment measures that will help to stave off cravings and reduce relapse risks during active recovery. Rather, most methamphetamine addiction treatment ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Henderson, NV

    Looking for a drug rehab in Henderson, NV? The search doesn't have to be a difficult one. You can begin today with our easy-to-use directory. Now that you've made the life-changing decision to enter treatment, spend a few minutes thinking about what ...

    ... for you, give us a call today. For more resources available to Henderson residents, see the following: REACH Program - Community-based outpatient program Prescription drug drop-off boxes Las Vegas Harm Reduction Center continue reading
  • The Effects of Alprazolam Use

    Is Alprazolam Harmful? Stop suffering. Learn how treatment can help. Alprazolam (trade name: Xanax) is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class, indicated for the management of some forms of anxiety and panic disorders. The substance - like all ...

    ... and confidentially. Withdrawal from an alprazolam addiction typically involves a process of weaning, or tapering the body off the drug. Weaning is when a medical professional continues to provide the substance to you at ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... for insomnia. It is sometimes used off-label to manage acute alcohol withdrawal and chemotherapy ... is sometimes diverted and abused. Compulsive misuse of buprenorphine can be dangerous, so getting help for Subutex ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Suboxone Use

    Overview of Suboxone The Suboxone Debate: Learn why use of Suboxone is a hotly contested issue. Suboxone is a combination drug comprised of two substances: 1,2 Buprenorphine—a partial opioid agonist with a “ceiling effect” that keeps effects ...

    ... decrease the frequency and intensity of cravings. 3 Buprenorphine is not a full opioid agonist like heroin or ... as outline the therapeutic steps one can take to get off drugs. Recovery The last stage is recovery , when the ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... relatively low risk of overdose when using buprenorphine . Buprenorphine is available in 2 forms: the uncombined ... are ready to stop using methadone you will slowly taper off the drug, and this will usually be done under ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Subutex Addict

    Understanding Subutex Subutex is a partial opioid agonist that is used to treat opioid dependence. It is utilized as a detox and maintenance medication in some cases of opioid abuse . It competes at the same sites of interaction - opioid receptors - ...

    ... addiction or are buying it illegally. Subutex is buprenorphine , which was discovered in the 1970s and is ... partial opioid agonist properties, meaning it doesn't fire off every opioid receptor - only some - so when taken ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... in a number of doses, and in most cases, will be slowly tapered off as recovery progresses. Buprenorphine - Buprenorphine is another synthetic opioid, with only partial opioid receptor agonist properties. Like methadone ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Subutex Use

    What Is Subutex? Subutex is one brand-name formulation of a medication known as buprenorphine. As a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, buprenorphine shares some properties with other opioid substances such as: Heroin. Oxycodone. Hydrocodone. ...

    ... dependent on an opioid, they could be prescribed buprenorphine to counter the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that ... the desired effects of the substance gradually level off even when the dosing increases. Taking more will ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... typical daily dose of methadone. As with methadone, buprenorphine must be taken regularly to work, but this ... about prescription drug abuse? Head to the DrugAbuse.com Community Forum and sound off. Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

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

    ... prescription opioids to then, one day, slowly taper off the treatment drug itself entirely. At least, ... from other treatment drugs such as methadone (and buprenorphine monotherapy) in that it is formulated in combination ... continue reading
  • Suboxone's Use in Addiction Treatment

    What is Suboxone? Suboxone is an effective tool in the treatment of addiction. Programs use Suboxone to both alleviate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings and to discourage drug misuse. Doctors must meet certain qualifications before they are able ...

    ... that giving waitlisted individuals controlled access to buprenorphine reduced their illicit opioid and injection ... are on Suboxone (which may eventually be tapered off), cravings and compulsive use behaviors are reduced. ... continue reading
  • Snorting Suboxone

    As an opioid drug used to manage problematic opioid dependence, Suboxone is similar to methadone, one of the most widely used drugs to treat opioid addiction; however, whereas methadone is only available at specialized treatment centers or ...

    ... in the bloodstream quick and convenient. The buprenorphine/naloxone combination is also found in the drugs Zubsolv ... increases 1,10 . Instead, these effects level off at a certain point, making overdose less likely ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone is a mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine . It's typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawa l. It can be given to people to facilitate detox, withdrawal and the early stages of opioid abuse recovery, as well as be used ...

    ... effects and overdose . Suboxone Overdose Suboxone contains buprenorphine, and it's very hard to overdose on ... first stage is detox , where you'll be tapered off the drug until you are withdrawn from the substance altogether ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    About Lorazepam Recovery from addiction is real. Take back your life today. Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety medication that promotes relaxation by tempering excitatory brain activity. Also marketed under the brand name Ativan , it is only available by ...

    ... . As such, many medical professionals advise tapering off gradually. Short Term Effects The primary short-term ... gradually decreased amounts. This process of weaning ensures that the medical and psychological dangers ... 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 . ...

    ... —when used as prescribed, it can effectively stave off withdrawal symptoms for a long time. However, this ... reduce the dose of methadone in a process called weaning or tapering. Some individuals will be switched from ... continue reading
  • Subutex Abuse

    What Is Subutex? Subutex is the trade name for the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine. It is marketed for medically assisted addiction treatment—more specifically, it is used to treat opioid dependence . Subutex is used to alleviate withdrawal ...

    ... , is placed under the tongue and dissolved. The buprenorphine molecule binds to the same opioid receptors as heroin ... Subutex addiction, as it will be necessary to taper off of the medication slowly so as to reduce the risk ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Suboxone Addict

    Help for Suboxone Addiction Suboxone is a medication approved for treating opioid addiction. When taken as prescribed, it can be a beneficial pharmaceutical component of a substance abuse recovery program aimed at managing addictions to opioids ...

    ... the behavior that initiated that feeling. The buprenorphine in Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, ... addiction help or treatment is designed to help you get off the drug in a safe and controlled manner. This stage ... continue reading
  • The Benefits of Medical Detox

    What is Alcohol and Drug Detox? A period of medically supervised detoxification often marks the first part of treatment and recovery for individuals with alcohol and/or other substance use disorders. People who have developed various forms of ...

    ... manage blood pressure, but which may be used off-label to handle some of the symptoms of opioid ... in long-term recovery. Suboxone, a formulation of buprenorphine that also contains a drug called naloxone to deter ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol Use in Drug Addiction Treatment

    What Is Vivitrol? Vivitrol is a medication used in the treatment of alcohol and opioid addiction and dependence. 1 It works to block the euphoria associated with opioid use and alcohol intoxication. 3 Its major benefit is that it need only be ...

    ... used in MAT, such as methadone and buprenorphine, which provide some of the effects of opioids ... dependent on these drugs and may experience withdrawal when going off them. With Vivitrol, there is no euphoria and thus no ... continue reading
  • Risks of Smoking While Breastfeeding

    The numerous health hazards associated with smoking tobacco are well researched and documented. There is no safe time to smoke , but in some situations, the potential for harm is more unequivocal than usual. One such situation is smoking before and ...

    ... child as well or promote the same growth as milk with higher fat content. Early weaning . Mothers that smoke are more likely to wean their babies earlier than nonsmoking mothers. One study found that only 5% of smoking ... continue reading
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