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  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... loss, anorexia, frequent urination, and constipation. What does Kratom withdrawal look like? Around 2012, U.S. emergency room staff began seeing patients who were suffering from Kratom use. Some end up in the ER as a ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

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

    ... in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with withdrawal from certain drugs, like heroin. What you may not realize though, is that kratom can be just as addictive as opiates, and because of this, many ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Kratom Use

    Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of years for a ...

    ... . Diarrhea. Runny nose. Joint and muscle pain. Insomnia. Intense craving for kratom. Kratom Withdrawal Treatment Users withdrawing from kratom may prefer to detox at a professional detoxification facility where trained ... continue reading
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  • Kratom Overdose

    Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a psychoactive botanical substance derived from a tree native to Southeast Asia and certain areas of Africa. Kratom has long been used in traditional medicine, but more recently, the drug has seen more widespread use ...

    ... symptoms when not taking the drug), tolerance , abuse , and addiction 4 . Withdrawal symptoms from Kratom include 6 : Muscle aches. Insomnia. Irritability. Hostility. Aggression. Emotional changes. Runny nose. Jerky ... continue reading
  • Kratom Abuse

    What Is Kratom? Kratom is a tree-like plant that grows in Southeast Asia and is distantly related to coffee and gardenia plants. Street Names Kratom isn't the only name for this substance. In various parts of the world, kratom may be referred to ...

    ... as an unsanctioned method of managing opiate withdrawal symptoms; however, this practice is largely against ... .” Even though there are no recognized medical uses for kratom in the US, it is not a controlled substance ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    ... , it's the subject of much debate lately. The Past, Present and Future Kratom is an herbal supplement derived from the leaves of a tree native to Southeast Asia, the Mitragyna speciose tree, which is a part of the coffee ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... was a word I'd never heard before; a quick Google search didn't reveal much, other than “kratom originates from a tree in Southeast Asia and its leaves contain some of the same chemicals found in opioids.” I found out ... continue reading
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    ... the use of “bath salts” among US 12 th graders has declined from 1.3% in 2012 to 0.9% in 2014. This decline ... the brain, which may explain kratom's reputed ability to ease opioid withdrawal. 40 Methoxetamine has been shown ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

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    ... you try stopping cold turkey. 2 Hallucinations have been reported in some cases of abrupt withdrawal from short-acting benzos; withdrawal seizures may be possible with short, medium, and long half-life benzodiazepines if ... continue reading
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    ... done with the help of trained medical professionals, never on your own. OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms The withdrawal symptoms from OxyContin can be painful and frightening. The opioids alter the neurological and chemical ... continue reading
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    ... of alcohol places you at risk of experiencing the significant adverse effects of alcohol withdrawal. An assessment from a physician or alcohol addiction specialist will help determine what method of detoxification is ... continue reading
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    ... anxiety and panic disorders, since anxiety is a very common symptom of PAWS. Symptoms of protracted withdrawal from these drugs can look like symptoms of other disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, panic disorders ... continue reading
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    ... within two days after last use and last for up to a month 6 . In contrast, the timeframe for withdrawal symptoms from long-acting benzos like Valium may be delayed up to a week after last use and continue for two months ... continue reading
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    What Is Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are central nervous system depressants commonly prescribed to manage a variety of conditions, including anxiety, panic disorders, muscle spasm, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and insomnia 1 . ...

    ... use is decreased or ended, the body goes through withdrawal. Symptoms of benzo withdrawal range from slightly uncomfortable to life-threatening 2 . The severity of withdrawal depends on the average dose of benzos being ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal

    Adderall, a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to ...

    ... be relative to the average amount of drug being abused, amongst other variables. Is Adderall Withdrawal Dangerous? Withdrawal from certain drugs like alcohol or benzodiazepines can pose a dangerous, or even fatal, risk ... continue reading
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    Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with highly addictive properties. It can be smoked, nasally inhaled, injected and even eaten. No matter how it is used, the effects have a rapid onset followed by a high that can ...

    ... services an important aspect of meth abuse recovery. Signs of Methamphetamine Withdrawal Detoxification (detox) and withdrawal from methamphetamine abuse can involve a number of different distressing symptoms. The ... continue reading
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    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... we effectively alleviated withdrawal symptoms in rodents, which could have important implications for patients that may wish to decrease or stop their use of these medications.” The Study Researchers from the University ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... like duration of use, frequency of use, and dose 5 . Is Tramadol Withdrawal Dangerous People that withdraw from tramadol will experience withdrawal effects quite similar to those associated with other types of opiate ... 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 ...

    ... by 5 times and it is estimated that every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opiate withdrawal in the U.S. 7 The onset of withdrawal symptoms for the newborn depends on the half-life of the drug, how long the ... continue reading
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    Two men in their early 30s enter an emergency room. One is suffering from heroin withdrawal and the other from alcohol withdrawal. One of the men is given some medication to reduce the painful effects of his symptoms and released within 2 hours of ...

    Two men in their early 30s enter an emergency room. One is suffering from heroin withdrawal and the other from alcohol withdrawal. One of the men is given some medication to reduce the painful effects of his symptoms and ... continue reading
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    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... when attempts are made to slow or altogether stop their substance use. Types of Withdrawal Symptoms Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the substance being used. 1, 3, 4 They also depend ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... in a stroke. If Ted seeks help and gets clean, the changes to his brain may or may not heal. From Voluntary to Compulsive A recent study gives us more insight into the human brain as it is continually exposed to cocaine ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Withdrawal

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological ...

    ... means that they have dealt with the issues surrounding stimulant detox and withdrawal before and are better equipped to help patients. Withdrawing from stimulants can give rise to a range of effects, mostly psychological ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... the tongue). Buprenorphine only partially activates the brain's opioid receptors, providing stabilizing relief from opioid withdrawal but discouraging misuse by introducing a ceiling to the euphoric effects that might ... continue reading
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  • The Side Effects of Xanax Use

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  • Clonazepam Abuse

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  • Drug Abuse Centers

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  • The Effects of Ativan Use

    Is Ativan Harmful? When misused or taken recreationally, Ativan can be addictive and dangerous. Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine medication used primarily for short-term treatment of anxiety and seizure activity. It ...

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  • The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

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  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use

    Klonopin, known commonly by its generic name clonazepam, is a prescription drug commonly prescribed to manage panic, anxiety and seizure disorders. Klonopin belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs—a broad group of central nervous system ...

    ... unwanted social, physical, mental, and/ or legal consequences . Klonopin Withdrawal Treatment Like all benzodiazepine medications, withdrawal from Klonopin can be quite uncomfortable and may even present some severe ... continue reading
  • Drug & Substance Abuse Rehab

    Why Do I Need Rehab? Choosing drug abuse rehabilitation is a solid first step towards helping you or your loved one overcome an addiction and lead a new, healthy life. When you or someone close to you needs drug abuse rehab, it can be hard to know ...

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  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

    Amphetamines are a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases of ...

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, sold in the United States under the brand name Soma , is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant that is prescribed to relieve discomfort related to painful musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle injuries and spasms. ...

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse The dangers of addiction and overdose are greatly increased when phenobarbital is combined with alcohol. Phenobarbital (trade name: Luminal) is a prescription barbiturate that is used primarily as an ...

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  • The Effects of Ritalin Use

    Is Ritalin Bad For You? Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a stimulant prescribed to reduce the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is also sometimes prescribed for the ...

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is a sedative anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety medication , with effects similar to those of other drugs in its class, such as Valium and Xanax. Ativan is the trade name for lorazepam, which is part of a class of drug called “benzodiazepines” ...

    ... Co-occurring Alcohol and Ativan Addiction Alcohol and Ativan abuse, while dangerous, is treatable. As stated, withdrawal from alcohol and Ativan can be life-threatening , which is why it is highly recommended that you ... continue reading
  • Why Is Xanax So Addictive?

    Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, belongs to a class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines. For some people, Xanax can be an effective treatment for anxiety and panic disorders. However, Xanax users are at high risk for ...

    ... an effect with the same dose? Have you experienced withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Xanax? Withdrawal from Xanax Experiencing physical and mental withdrawal symptoms when stopping Xanax can be an indication that ... 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 ...

    ... , such as by doctor shopping to get prescriptions. Ongoing mood and personality changes. Withdrawal from social activities once enjoyed. Impaired judgment. Strained interpersonal relationships. Changes in priorities - ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Abuse of Ultram is rising, with many users taking excessive doses in order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates. Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate ...

    ... changes such as confusion. Agitation. Increased blood pressure. Withdrawal Symptoms The effects of tramadol are largely noticed during withdrawal from the drug. The symptoms commonly contradict the general belief ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

    Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. They include oxycodone , hydrocodone , meperidine (Demerol) , and many others. The demographics of those who abuse painkillers transcend the stereotypes of typical drug addicts. Opioid ...

    ... prescription drugs and alcohol should seek addiction treatment immediately. Withdrawal from opioid painkillers can be very uncomfortable. However, alcohol withdrawal can actually result in life-threatening symptoms, so ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hash Addict

    How to Approach a Hash Addict The goal of approaching someone who is abusing any substance is to urge him or her to consider going into treatment. It is extremely difficult to watch loved ones or close friends with any type of addiction continue to ...

    ... Detox services typically involve the use of medications for the symptoms that individuals experience with withdrawal from hashish. The symptoms are most often mild physical symptoms such as headache, nausea, nervousness ... continue reading
  • Zoloft Use in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) is a commonly prescribed antidepressant that belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by . Serotonin influences sleep, mood, and emotion, so boosted activity of ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... or other medical professional. They will talk you through the process, so you know what to expect. Withdrawal from opiates such as morphine can be quite uncomfortable, and the unpleasant symptoms sometimes diminish one's ... 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 ...

    ... duration recommended for this drug, patients should consult with their doctors before discontinuing use. Sudden withdrawal from long term use can cause problems. As such, many medical professionals advise tapering off ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Soma Addict

    Help for Soma Addicts Soma (generic name: carisoprodol) is a prescription muscle relaxer that can be addictive if used beyond the recommended dosage or duration. Taking Soma can also be problematic if abused in combination with other substances such ...

    ... often mixed with: Alcohol. Codeine (Soma Coma). Vicodin (Las Vegas Cocktail). Many also use Soma to cope with withdrawal from various narcotics. Use and abuse of the drug has increased over the last 10-15 years. In 2000 ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Codeine Use

    Codeine abuse can develop into a full-fledged codeine addiction. Codeine is one of the many pharmaceuticals classified as an opiate . Opiates are narcotics with a high potential for addiction. When used as prescribed, this pain reliever and cough ...

    ... been classified as a Schedule II drug, meaning it has a “high potential for abuse.” Like many opiates, withdrawal symptoms from codeine can be quite severe, keeping the user in a cycle of use they find difficult to stop ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hashish Use

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    ... are not considered to be serious or potentially physically damaging in the same way that withdrawal from alcohol is considered dangerous, the symptoms may be psychologically distressing enough to prompt relapse. Formal ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs

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    ... changes in blood pressure and/or heart rate. Upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Abdominal pain. Withdrawal from certain substances—alcohol, opioids, CNS depressants—can be very unpleasant and, in some cases ... 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” ...

    ... dependence can make it incredibly difficult to quit using even if the user genuinely wants to do so. Withdrawal from Prescription Opiates When addicted users go for some time after their last dose, or make attempts to ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Soma Use

    Soma (generic name: carisoprodol ) is prescribed for short-term relief of acute musculoskeletal pain . It is intended only to be used for short time periods (generally up to 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively ...

    ... abuse of other substances comes into play. In these instances, the multi-substance abuser will likely need to withdrawal gradually from use of any Vicodin, codeine , alcohol or any other substance as well. In the case of ... 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 ...

    ... two types of treatment : Inpatient rehab centers. Outpatient treatment centers. It's important to consider that withdrawal from morphine and other opiates can be intense and impose stress on both the body and the psyche ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse

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  • How to Treat Librium Addiction

    Librium, the trade name for the benzodiazepine chlordiazepoxide, is a tranquilizer that, when misused, may become addictive and cause increasing negative effects as a result of usage that only worsen with time. Going through benzodiazepine addiction ...

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  • At Home Drug Detox Methods

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    ... or medically supervised detox can take place in a number of inpatient and outpatient settings. Additionally, the withdrawal from some substances isn't as dangerous as others and may be able to be managed with support at ... 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 ...

    ... experience flu-like symptoms such as vomiting and nausea while withdrawing from tramadol. You may also experience tingling in your hands and feet. After withdrawal is complete, you may want to attend an inpatient program ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

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

    ... , but inpatient centers may be better suited to dealing with the effects of opiate withdrawal. Withdrawal Symptoms The physical effects vary from person to person and depend on a number of factors, including how long you ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

    Substance Abuse: An Introduction No matter how hopeless the situation seems, it is never too late to turn things around. From prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to street drugs and alcohol, virtually any drug can be abused. While ...

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  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam, commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, is a prescription medication commonly used for its anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant benefits. How Worried Should We Be About Benzos? This medication is part of a larger group ...

    ... for their sedative-hypnotic effects, for their muscle relaxing benefits, and to manage the precarious withdrawal from substances like alcohol. Because of its desirable anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety effects, this drug is ... continue reading
  • What Are the Effects of Ambien?

    Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem tartrate, a sedative-hypnotic. When you take Ambien correctly, it can make you feel relaxed, comfortable and sleepy. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the prescription drug Ambien as a ...

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  • Why Is Cocaine so Addictive?

    Cocaine comes from the coca bush, which grows primarily in South America. This addictive stimulant is also known as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow” and is sold on the streets as a fine, white powder. In a crystallized, free base form, it is ...

    ... , nightmares, etc. Inability to function without cocaine. Increased use of cocaine over time. Withdrawal from Cocaine The onset of withdrawal symptoms when cocaine us is stopped or reduced is another sign of a cocaine ... 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, ...

    ... a Lortab addiction may exhibit: Deceitfulness. Mood changes/volatility. Anxiety. Financial problems. Withdrawal from social activities. If you are worried about the effects that Lortab may be having on you or someone ... 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, ...

    ... and accompanied with intense urges to continue use of the drugs. For these reasons, many benefit from a structured period of withdrawal and detox with the help of a medical professional and/or in a treatment center . You ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Phenobarbital Use

    As a sedative hypnotic, phenobarbital sedates the user by depressing the central nervous system (CNS) and slowing down brain activity. Phenobarbital, marketed under the trade names Luminal and Solfoton, is a barbiturate that is typically prescribed ...

    ... . It is sometimes indicated in the adjunct treatment to minimize the threat of severe withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and other sedatives like benzodiazepines. As a sedative hypnotic, phenobarbital sedates the user ... 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 ...

    ... a prescription. Drug-seek behavior, such as scheduling appointments with multiple doctors to seek a prescription. Withdrawal from social activities. Tolerance (needing higher and higher doses to get the desired effect ... continue reading
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