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  • What Is Hydrocodone
    Hydrocodone can cause vomiting constipation and dizziness and it is common that overdoses occur when a person takes too much or the drug If a person takes Hydrocodone and needs to increase the general dosage and has to take more of the drug they are addicted The more a person takes Hydrocodone the more their tolerance will be for the drug and they will have to take more in order to feel the effects The DEA has reported that Hydrocodone may be the narcotic that is abused the most in the United States The abuse of Hydrocodone is most common when people take the drug orally rather taking it intravenously The drug gives a person a high much like heroin and many people take it for its calming effects Even though Hydrocodone is federally regulated it has fewer restrictions which is why addiction is such a big problem Hydrocodone is easily accessible and it can be found on the street Since Hydrocodone is so readily available addiction to the drug is increasing Hydrocodone Detox Problems Considering that Hydrocodone bonds with receptors in the brain the continuation of the use of the drug can lead to changes in the structure of the brain This can make Hydrocodone very hard for people Brain chemistry is different in every person and this makes it very hard to which side effects can be correlated to the drug Because of this people that are abusing Hydrocodone and mix it with other drugs have an increased risk of medical complications Another problem that arises with the Hydrocodone detox process is that people who first take the drug as prescribed do so because of pain relief and that pain still needs to be managed Since Hydrocodone is flushed out of the system in the detox process that process can become very difficult However this is not for every person as many take Hydrocodone not for pain relief but to feel the effects of the high As stated before there are several types of Hydrocodone detox options for people to take there are outpatient treatments and ones where a person can do it alone trying to get off the drug cold turkey However the best way to get off Hydrocodone may be to go through the detox process at an in patient treatment center and there are a couple reasons for this One an in patient treatment center will have a medical staff on site that can help people go through the detox process and help with the withdrawals from the drug Second if a person is at an in patient drug treatment center they are residing there so it is much more difficult for them to leave to get their hands on Hydrocodone It has also been shown that in patient treatment centers have a higher rate of success than outpatient programs and this goes for all types of narcotics not just Hydrocodone Any time a person is serious about dealing with their Hydrocodone addiction they should

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  • Teenage Prescription Drug Abuse
    your teenager is doing Ask your teenager if anyone with whom he or she has association abuses or is addicted to illicit or prescription drugs If your teenager won t tell you but you suspect this may be the case try your hardest to find out for yourself If your suspicions are proven to be correct you may want to consider not allowing your teenager to associate with these persons or only allowing association under tightly controlled circumstances such as only when you are present Set ground rules for your teen s behavior both at home and when he or she is away from you and explains the consequences for disobedience Make sure the rules include that your teenager must immediately leave a situation where illicit drug use of any kind including drinking is occurring If it is necessary to call you for a ride that should be done Then follow through with the consequences if rules are broken These and other methods can help with those times when your teenager may not be with you However often a teenager s first introduction to prescription drugs that can be abused occurs at home You can prevent or at least greatly reduce the chances of this happening by Setting the right example yourself Take prescription drugs exactly as they are prescribed This is especially important if you take prescription drugs that have the tendency for abuse on a daily basis If you don t abuse them the chances are better than your teenager won t either Keeping up with how much medication you have Count your pills or capsules often and make sure the amount present equals the frequency and duration for which they were prescribed Do this for yourself as well as other family members who take prescription drugs Let your teenager see you doing this If he is aware that you are being diligent in keeping up with your prescription he may be less tempted to take the supply in the house If your teenager is prescribed a drug that has the propensity for abuse or addiction even though he or she may tell you he is a big boy and can take his own medicine you be the one to literally give him or her the exact amount and only when it s time Between doses keep the pills with you literally on your person if necessary or in a place that would make it very hard for him or her to get to them What if after all my efforts it does happen What can I do then Get help for your teenager as soon as possible Find an addiction treatment facility that specializes in prescription drug abuse and has programs specifically geared to adolescents Continue to offer support during the treatment process and after your teenager finishes the program However you will need to increase your diligence to ensure that relapse does not occur If the abuse occurred as a result of someone else supplying your

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  • Pain Pill Abuse
    are tasked with controlling prescription drugs So then it becomes a controlled substance This does not mean that a person should go out and start growing a personal supply of opium It s best to leave this up to those who are licensed or permitted by the US to do this What Painkillers Contain Morphine There are a number of medications that contain this ingredient All of these medications must have a written prescription in order to be legally obtained Some of these drugs include Codeine Oxycontin and Oxycodone Codeine is a common morphine derivative It is used in medications prescribed for severe cough due to cold flu or other respiratory diseases Sometimes codeine is also combined with acetaminophen or other non narcotic pain relievers to create a drug that lasts longer and works faster and more effectively When used for coughing Codeine works by suppressing signals sent from the brain that stimulates the cough reflex When it is used for pain relief it works to actually change the way the body receives pain sensors Oxycontin is a common pain relieving drug It is rather strong thus it is used to treat severe pain such as that suffered by cancer patients or other painful conditions It can also be combined with other non narcotic medications such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen In some cases Oxycontin can be used to help people who are trying to overcome an opiate addiction such as one to heroin go through the withdrawal phase more easily Oxycontin helps ease the symptoms such as nausea sweating muscle tremors pain and the urges or cravings that become stronger the longer the drug is denied Hydrocodone you may be more familiar with its brand name Vicodin is also used for cough suppressant reasons as well as for pain relief It is believed by some people to work better than codeine in relieving chronic cough As a painkiller this is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs How Does Painkiller Abuse Happen Painkiller abuse in adults happens in the same ways as any other type of drug abuse does One either takes it long after it is no longer necessary takes more than is prescribed or takes it more frequently than is prescribed Many adolescents begin to abuse painkillers as a result of being introduced to these types of drugs by friends Or they may have heard friends talk about getting high on painkillers see a prescription in the home and decide to try it themselves Either one of these scenarios can lead to further painkiller abuse How Can I Prevent Painkiller Abuse If you are prescribed a painkiller only use it for as long as it is really necessary Once your pain is controlled or begins to diminish switch to non narcotic painkillers You can also try drug free painkilling methods such as elevating an affected limb applying heat or ice to a painful area if your physician says this is all right or having the area massaged again

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  • Heroin Addiction And Dope Sickness Symptoms
    off the drug or unable to use The length of time and intensity of symptoms experienced during withdrawal depends on a person s level of heroin use and addiction Withdrawing from heroin can be such a painful and agonizing experience even though it s not life threatening a chronic addict may wish they would die during the process just to stop the pain and agony There s numerous physical and emotional symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal although people going through the process may not experience every symptom due to their level of addiction Physical symptoms begin mildly when they start to occur but as time goes on they become much more intense painful and agonizing Symptoms of Dope Sickness Intense Cravings to Use Agitation Anxiety and Restlessness Inability to Sleep Sweating and shivering A person may go back and forth with feeling hot one minute then cold the next Runny nose sneezing and watery eyes cold like symptoms Diarrhea Nausea vomiting and body aches similar to flu like symptoms only a hundred times worse according to many that have gone through heroin withdrawal Intense severe muscle and bone pain throughout the body Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho 208 473 2876 Iowa 712 266 3564 Louisiana 318 935 6161 Massachusetts 617 206 3810 Mississippi 662 269 0154 Nebraska 402 261 2767 New Jersey 732 497 3463 North Carolina 828 202 4176 Oklahoma 405 253 5317 Rhode Island 401 288 3581 Tennessee 423 208 9047 Vermont 802 428 4694 West Virginia 304 915 0148 Alaska 480 478 0599 California 626 498 2948 Delaware 302 342 8812 Georgia 678 573 5007 Illinois 708 248 8377 Kansas 785 380 0231 Maine 207 221 2169 Michigan 586 439

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  • How Can Heroin Withdrawal Treatment Help Me?
    Can be taken in the long term and used to manage intense withdrawal symptoms and addiction to heroin keeping individuals from abusing the drug in most cases as long as they are taking the correct dosage as prescribed by their doctor Buprenorphine Is a partial opioid agonist that blocks the opioid receptors and therefore curbs most of the symptoms caused by heroin withdrawal It is also marketed as a brand name drug with naloxone which can precipitate withdrawal symptoms if abused making it less likely to be abused because of this All of these medications can make withdrawal symptoms more mild or eradicate them entirely depending on the symptom and the person s specific withdrawal syndrome It can be very helpful by causing withdrawal to be less intense and a person less likely to abuse heroin again in order to stop their symptoms Precursor to Addiction Treatment One of the best ways heroin withdrawal treatment can help you is by being a precursor to heroin addiction treatment The NLM states The biggest complication when it comes to heroin withdrawal treatment is return to drug use which leads to most of the documented cases of opioid overdose deaths If withdrawal treatment is set up as the first stage of addiction treatment it can actually be very beneficial to the individual s overall recovery Many detox centers use therapy in order to help a patient become used to the concept and feel comfortable continuing it after detox has ended It can be tricky for doctors to make sure that patients do not only attend detox and then stop attending addiction treatment but if the withdrawal treatment is done right and focuses on more than just treating the individual s acute symptoms it can lead to long term treatment that may help heroin

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  • Coping Methods for Heroin Withdrawal
    the Counter Medication For those who decide to go through withdrawal at home and without the aid of detox programs over the counter medication can be useful too Some individuals take aspirin or acetaminophen to curb their muscle aches and over the counter diarrhea and nausea medicines can also be helpful in treating these intense and uncomfortable symptoms Taking Time Off According to the NIDA Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include Restlessness Muscle and Bone Pain Insomnia Diarrhea Vomiting Cold Flashes with Goose Bumps cold turkey Leg Movements Many of these symptoms are similar to those caused by sickness which is why many individuals first assume that they have a bad case of the flu and not withdrawal symptoms caused by heroin abuse If you did have the flu however you would take time off from your responsibilities like work school and other activities The same should be done to make coping with heroin withdrawal much easier It can be incredibly difficult to deal with these symptoms when you are also trying to manage your life as if you were at a hundred percent health wise Because you are not you need to give yourself time to recover Talk to a Friend Talking to a friend or loved one or even asking someone to move in with you during this time will make coping with heroin withdrawal symptoms much easier and safer Depression and suicidal thoughts can often occur during intense heroin withdrawal and having someone with you can protect you from some of the issues these feelings could cause if you were alone Also just being able to talk to someone is extremely beneficial as you will feel less alone in what you are dealing with It will make your symptoms seem less intense your cravings less dangerous and your

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  • Is Inpatient Heroin Rehab Right For You
    function Once addiction takes root brain functions become physically and psychologically dependent on the drug s influence At this point withholding heroin leaves the brain to make up for heroin s effects on its own Ongoing Heroin Withdrawal Effects With each dose of heroin the drug forces the brain s cells to secrete large amounts of neurotransmitters according to the University of Maryland Neurotransmitter chemicals regulate most every system and physical process in the body Over time these high secretion rates gradually deplete the brain s supply of neurotransmitter chemicals These conditions make it all but impossible for the brain to regulate bodily processes as normal When this happens a person s body remains in a constant state of withdrawal Prior Treatment History The long term after effects of heroin addiction have sent more than a few people in and out of the treatment process Unless a person receives the type of treatment that best addresses his or her needs the likelihood of relapse remains considerably high Inpatient heroin rehab addresses all aspects of the person in terms of Medical Condition Psychological Condition Addiction Severity By doing so inpatient programs can identify and treat underlying problems that may not have been addressed during other treatment program periods Psychological Disorders People with a long history of heroin abuse will likely develop psychological disorders due to chemical imbalances caused by the drug s effects Over time heroin s ability to alter neurotransmitter chemical processes throws the brain s cognitive and emotion based functions off balance When this happens psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety take root Inpatient heroin rehab programs treat any developing psychological disorders as part of the addictions treatment process Lifestyle Pressures Heroin addicts naturally fall into a lifestyle that supports and encourages ongoing drug use The intensive treatment

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  • Information About Heroin Addiction Recovery
    of treatment that best addresses a person s specific treatment needs Heroin Detox Treatment Needs While some people can make it through detox on their own trying and failing only makes it that much harder to break the drug s hold over your life Heroin Psychological Treatment Heroin addiction stems from the mind s psychological dependency on the drug For this reason heroin addiction treatment programs place a heavy emphasis on psychological treatment interventions in the form of psychotherapy group therapy and support group meetings Heroin Medication Therapies Someone with a long history of heroin abuse will likely require ongoing medication therapy such as methadone or buprenorphine treatment to help keep withdrawal aftereffects and drug cravings under control According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse medication therapies offer long term users the type of physical support needed to restore normal brain function Addiction Recovery Support System Building a support system made up of treatment providers friends family and peers is essential to developing a drug free lifestyle Heroin Recovery Lifestyle Changes Addiction treatment provides you with the tools strategies and supports needed to create a lifestyle that doesn t center around drug use Rebuilding Your Life After Heroin Addiction Heroin addictions gradually dismantles a person s existence to the point where his or her quality of life has been reduce to job loss broken relationships and problems with law Addiction treatment programs offer vocational family and legal supports to help recovering addicts rebuild their lives Staying Engaged Regardless of how long a person refrains from using staying engaged in the recovery process is essential to maintaining a drug free lifestyle Heroin Addiction Recovery is a Process For most people addiction develops in stages over time starting with physical dependency and progressing to a psychological dependency Undoing heroin s damaging

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