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  • Types of Opioid Drugs That Are Abused
    treating pain that occurs as a result of kidney stones or similar conditions It can also last longer than Hydrocodone thus making it possible for a smaller amount to be given less often Another opioid drug is Fentanyl One of its brand names is Onsolis This medication is extremely effective in treating break through pain Many cancer patients often experience this type of pain They may already be experiencing constant pain however that pain has been controlled with other drugs to the extent that it remains at a fairly stable level Break through pain however is much more severe and may also have a sudden onset Another good thing about fentanyl is that it can be administered through the use of a small film that has been coated with the medication The film adheres to the inside of the patient s cheek and the medication is released within 15 to 30 minutes as the film dissolves bringing quick relief Fentanyl and Tramadol another opioid drug are often used when round the clock pain relief is necessary as is again often the case with cancer patients Tramadol is not as strong as fentanyl but the fact that it is given in extended release tablets means that the medication remains at a fairly constant level at all times If you are old enough you may be able to remember when it was possible to obtain one certain opoid drug Paregoric without a prescription Paregoric is still available however because of its highly addictive properties it now must be prescribed When it is prescribed it is usually for treatmenting severe diarrhea although it can also act as a pain reliever Paregoric works on smooth muscles such as the stomach or in women the uterus For this reason women who are suffering from severe menstrual cramps may sometimes be given paregoric As mentioned earlier all opioid drugs have the propensity to be abused and all can be addictive For this reason it is important that care be taken to ensure that only the prescribed dosage is being given and only at the proper intervals Further when opioid drugs that are intended only for short term use are prescribed the person using these should switch to non narcotic pain relievers as soon as the pain is completely gone or has greatly diminished This will help prevent abuse and addiction Why Do Doctors Prescribe Opioid Drugs These drugs generally provide the best relief for pain and it is known that uncontrolled pain can actually slow the healing process However the majority of doctors are very aware of the fact that opioid drugs can be abused or that addiction can occur therefore they take care to prescribe them only when absolutely necessary How Can I Prevent Opioid Drug Addiction The best way to prevent abuse or addiction is to not use them unless it is absolutely necessary If they must be used though as soon as the pain is controlled the drug should either be stored safely

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  • What are Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
    very dangerous drug to abuse but since it is so powerful people continue to take the drug despite of the harm the drug causes to their body and to their life One of the biggest negative consequences that comes from heroin abuse is the likelihood of a person developing a dependence or addiction to the drug If a person develops an addiction to the drug they will continually seek out and use the drug and if a person develops a dependency to the drug they will go through withdrawal symptoms every time the drug is not in their body Many times dependence and addiction go hand in hand When a person is dependent on heroin it means that their body has come to the point where it can only function with heroin in it so every time heroin is not present in their body they will begin to go through withdrawal In addition even if a person has heroin in their system but not enough of it the user will still go through withdrawal This can lead to a person accidentally overdosing and can cause them a great deal of financial loss being that the will continue to need to buy more and more of the drug to avoid withdrawals According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research withdrawal symptoms may begin to occur within the first few hours after a person s last dose These withdrawals can produce intense negative effects such as restlessness drug craving muscle and bone pain and vomiting In the worst cases of withdrawal the symptoms can cause death Many users continue to abuse heroin just to avoid the withdrawal symptoms Withdrawals from heroin are not only painful but they are also dangerous If a person is planning to detox from heroin they should do

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  • Medications Used in Opiate Addiction Treatment
    offered Opiate Addiction Detox Treatment Opiate detox involves the supervision and care of medical experts and staff that can support the person as they go through withdrawals safely Medications to control nausea vomiting diarrhea and pain may be administered along with medications such as clonidine Klonopin or benzodiazepines to provide comfort relax the person prevent seizures and counteract severe depression In severe cases an opioid agonist such as methadone or partial agonist such as buprenorphin may be used for a couple of days reducing the dosage until the person is stable Medications Used in Opiate Addiction Treatment Methadone has been the most effective medication for use in medically assisted treatment programs When adequate doses are administered methadone works as an agonist drug to occupy certain opioid receptors in the brain and reduce cravings withdrawals and block other opiate effects It is a long lasting synthetic opiate that allows the user to sustain a steady state for 24 hours or longer without the repeat cycles of intoxication and withdrawals that are so disturbing to opiate addicts Methadone improves health and reduces needle sharing and behaviors commonly associated with opiate addictions According to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Studies also have found that methadone maintenance treatment reduces criminality noncompliance with HIV AIDS therapy seroconversion to HIV AIDS and mortality associated with opioid addiction Buprenorphine is a partial agonist and brand names include Subutex or Suboxone It activates opioid receptors but produces less opiate effects It relieves cravings without producing the euphoria or dangerous side effects of opiates and has a maximum limit on dosage effects Taking more buprenorphine reduces opiate abuse and these programs may be preferred by some individuals Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771

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  • Heroin Withdrawal Tips
    when you enter into a phase of detoxification from this dangerous substance you can begin to devise a plan for overcoming anything that is thrown your way by consider the following tips Get the help of others if you are quitting cold turkey In the event that you are attempting to quit without the assistance of a rehab facility it s still a good idea to enlist the help of others A loved one can help you get through this difficult time in your life while also making sure you don t face any situation that is extremely dangerous to your health Consider the benefits of detoxification at a treatment center Some people shy away from this but there are many advantages when compared to quitting cold turkey For example you will have a medical staff watching over you at all times Along with this they may be able to prescribe medication to help you deal with the most severe withdrawal symptoms Get in the right frame of mind Rather than think the worst about heroin withdrawal look at this as something you have to get through on your way to a full recovery Once you get past this first step your body will thank you for it You can then consider other treatment options such as addiction therapy and counseling that will continue to push you down the right path When you follow these three heroin withdrawal tips along with any others that can help you reach your goals you will feel confident in your ability to beat your addiction in a timely manner 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

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  • Effects of Opiate Overdose
    risks and elderly people who are often prescribed more pain relief medications may be at an increased risk as well Increased tolerance is a concern because the user needs to take more opiate chemicals to get the desired relief or high Decreased tolerance after detox is an even bigger concern when addicts try to resume their use of opiates at the level they were taking before Commonly Prescribed Opiates Morphine Codeine OxyContin Oxycodone Hydrocodone Methadone Vicodin Lortab Percocet Fentanyl Patch Opiate Overdose Facts According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers OPR also known as opioid analgesics have increased and now exceed deaths involving heroin and cocaine combined In 2010 about 12 million Americans age 12 or older reported nonmedical use of prescription painkillers in the past year Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around the clock for a month Many of these drugs were obtained fraudulently and diverted to the street for sale Effects of Opiate Overdose The most noticeable effect of opiate overdose is depressed breathing When the person breaths too slowly their oxygen levels in the blood can decrease to a fatally low level or cause organ failures and eventually death Typically the person becomes unresponsive and their blood pressure and heart rates slow until they go into cardiac arrest Death can occur within minutes and sometimes an IV opiate drug user is found with the needle still in their arms Some people will be unresponsive for longer periods snoring loudly They may aspirate and choke or choke on their vomit without ever coming to Other effects may be Fainting Confusion Falling Deliriums Seizures Bluish colored fingernails and lips Uncontrollable nausea and vomiting Extreme drowsiness or nodding off Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama

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  • Finding Relief from Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
    comfort support supervision and intervention for complications along with certain medications to reduce or alleviate symptoms of nausea diarrhea pain restlessness depression and insomnia You never know what the withdrawal effects may be and immediate access to resources when needed can be invaluable Medically Assisted Detox Treatment medications such as methadone and Suboxone buprenorphine and naloxone are widely used for opiate detox and are effective in relieving cravings and withdrawals while moderating opiate clearance from the brain and helping the person to maintain a steady state of functioning Tapering Off Opiates Tapering off opiates gradually reduces tolerance and dependence and subsequently the withdrawals but the continued use of opiates leaves the person extra vulnerable to relapse and overdose if they resume prior use amounts Taking Care of Health Hydration rest and nutrition are crucial elements in fighting these symptoms Fluids are important and lots of water and juice can be used to prevent dehydration and flush the toxins from the system Since food will be out of the question for a couple of days juices can also provide the necessary vitamins and nutrients that help the body recover faster Rest is easier said than done A safe quiet place is best with lots of loose fitting clothes to change into when needed Avoid stressful situations and if psychological symptoms of depression or anxiety worsen they can be dangerous Suicidal and harmful ideations require professional help Using Over the Counter Medications Over the counter medications such as acetaminophen for fever and pain Pepto Bismol for nausea stomach cramps and vomiting and Imodium AD for diarrhea are essential Antihistamines such as Benadryl or Dramamine can help to calm the anxiety and nausea while having a sedating effects to help you sleep but these medications should be used with caution Heroin Detox Methadone

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  • Needing Heroin Addiction Aftercare
    S National Library of Medicine people who actively participate in aftercare treatment stand a much better chance of maintaining abstinence after heroin addiction recovery As pre existing psychological problems can quickly resurface when re entering everyday life staying actively engaged in recovery provides the type of safety net needed to avoid relapse Addiction Recovery Lifestyle Adjustments A heroin addiction breeds its own lifestyle made up of friends activities and hangouts While heroin addiction programs essentially removes the addict from these influences it can be easy to fall back into the addiction lifestyle once heroin treatment ends Aftercare interventions help recovering addicts develop new lifestyles that don t center around drug use These interventions may take the form of Ongoing Psychotherapy 12 Step Support Group Meetings Mentoring or Sponsoring Someone Else Group Counseling As everyone s treatment needs differ each person will likely develop his or her own sets of new interests and activities along the way Staying Engaged in the Recovery Process Once heroin rehabilitation ends ongoing engagement in the recovery process can mean the difference between a successful recovery and an untimely relapse As addiction stems more so from a psychological dependency than a physical one recovering addicts must make a deliberate effort to develop a drug free mindset in order to overcome addiction urges Aftercare treatment equips recovering addicts with the tools needed to develop the type of mindset that can live a drug free life Helping Others All in all addiction recovery entails an ongoing healing process for the body and the mind Helping others recover from addiction becomes part of the healing process once heroin abuse treatment ends The 12 Step support group model places a heavy emphasis on the importance of sharing experiences and helping others along the way Likewise mentoring or sponsoring someone else

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  • Pros and Cons of Heroin Detox at Home
    cell sites become dependent on heroin s ability to release these vital chemicals Meanwhile chemical imbalances become widespread throughout the brain and body When considering heroin detox at home it helps to understand the trauma brain and body processes undergo in the absence of the drug Handling Withdrawal Effects Heroin detox at home offers a certain degree of convenience and privacy as the body goes through this difficult process however heroin withdrawal effects can vary in severity and duration depending on how long a person has been using Withdrawal effects may take the form of Nausea Vomiting Abdominal Cramps Profuse Sweating Chills and Hot Flashes Fatigue While seldom life threatening severe withdrawal effects can greatly compromise a person s health and well being For people coming off chronic long term addictions it s best to enter a detox program to ensure a person s overall safety throughout the detox process Co Occurring Conditions Ongoing heroin use causes considerable damage to the brain s chemical processes which inevitably impairs a person s psychological stability It s not uncommon for addicts to develop serious psychological disorders such as major depression and anxiety conditions as a result of the drug s effects on the brain For someone struggling with co occurring disorders heroin detox at home will bring on physical withdrawal effects on top of the symptoms that come with depression and anxiety disorders Heroin detox at home while convenient typically isn t suited for managing the rush of depression and or anxiety symptoms that come to the surface in the absence of heroin s effects Addiction Support System vs No Support System The emotional and physical discomfort experienced during the detox stage can easily become overwhelming to the point where a person resumes drug use For this reason heroin detox at home

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