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  • Timeline of Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
    begin to notice changes in your mood You will most likely start to feel agitated and anxious It will be difficult to feel comfortable or go to sleep Most relapses tend to occur in this stage because of the physical discomfort from the lack of opioids As stated by CESAR heavy users of heroin experience major withdrawal symptoms peak ing between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose The first two days are usually the worst Later symptoms will set in around day three or four and continue for a few days Here are some of the later symptoms that you will experience Cramping Goose Bumps and Chills Fever Dilated Pupils Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Here the symptoms aren t as painful but can still be uncomfortable These symptoms coupled with some of the earlier symptoms might be reminiscent of having the flu Because of this some people don t even realize what they are going through is actually withdrawals Be sure to take care of yourself rest and hydrate Opiate Withdrawal Treatment Ideally a person should consider treatment options before going through withdrawal If the addiction isn t incredibly strong then he or she might consider weathering the symptoms at home with friends or family close by He or she should also consider visiting an outpatient rehab center to receive medical and therapeutic treatment If the addiction is extremely severe the individual should absolutely check into some kind of inpatient addiction treatment facility where he or she can be monitored by doctors removed from stressful environments and managed for pain and discomfort with medications Overcoming withdrawal from opioids does not necessarily mean you have overcome your addiction altogether According to NLM most opiate overdose deaths occur in people who have just withdrawn or detoxed as they sometimes try to

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  • List of Opiate Narcotics
    used to treat pain or in combination with other meds to treat severe coughing FDA Street names Cody Captain Cody T 3 with Tylenol Purple Drank cough syrup with codeine Synthetic and Semi Synthetic Opioids Heroin is synthesized from morphine and is a semi synthetic opioid NIDA It is widely abused and produces painful withdrawal symptoms Heroin often leads to death from withdrawal and overdose It is usually in powder form or a black tar like substance Street names Black Tar H Smack Horse Skag Junk Meperidine brand name Demerol is a synthetic opioid used in childbirth to relieve pain It can be very addictive and is usually not prescribed outside of a hospital setting Street names D Dust Juice Dillies Brand name Numorphan oxymorphone is a semi synthetic opioid It is similar to morphine but is used for round the clock pain relief It should not be used for one time or temporary relief Street names Blue Heaven Pink Lady Mrs O Blues The O Bomb Oxycodone is a semi synthetic opioid and can be a liquid tablet capsule or extended release tablet NLM It is used for pain relief and is often used under the brand names Percocet Percodan or Oxycontin Street names Oxy Roxies Kickers Percs OC Oxycottons Methadone is a synthetic opioid It is used primarily as a detoxification and maintenance treatment of opioid addiction DEA Methadone is more mild than other opioids and can be used as a long term treatment for someone who has been severely addicted to opiates Street names Fizzies Chocolate Chip Cookies Dollies Meth There are many synthetic opioids as well as semi synthetic opioids that are made from the synthesis of natural opiates The symptoms of opiate abuse in most of these drugs are similar as are those of withdrawal

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  • Tips for Quitting Opiate Addiction
    upon even if you might feel that detox was enough Seeking Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment If you have been struggling with opiate addiction for a number of years or if your addiction is severe it is definitely in your best interest to check into an inpatient treatment center At one of these facilities you will be treated by doctors and nurses who can provide round the clock care in a controlled environment which will give you the time and focus you need to work on your addiction Here are some of the beneficial treatments that inpatient opiate addiction facilities provide Medication Group Therapy Sessions One on One Therapy Sessions Family Therapy Sessions Meditation Exercise Programs Arts and Crafts Classes If you are able to manage your recovery while managing your daily life outpatient treatment might be a better fit for you It provides many of the same programs while allowing you to live your life And after your inpatient program ends you can continue your treatment at an outpatient facility Opiate Addiction Recovery Support It is very important to reach out to friends and family when undergoing addiction recovery Nurses doctors and therapists can also be essential to your recovery just by listening and providing support You should not feel like you are alone because everyone who cares for you will want you to get better Asking for help is okay and especially in the beginning it will be essential to your recovery Completing Opiate Addiction Recovery It may begin to feel like there is no finish line no point where you can finally say I m over my addiction That s because recovery from opiate addiction is a long journey As the NIDA states most patients require long term or repeated episodes of care to achieve the ultimate goal

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  • Signs, Symptoms and Dangers of Opiate Tolerance
    producing unusually high levels of neurotransmitter chemicals The brain develops a natural affinity for opiate type substances over time According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse with repeated use the brain comes to depend on opiate effects to regulate cell receptor site functions In the process opioid addiction develops as cell sites grow weaker and less sensitive to opiate effects When this happens a person has to take larger doses to experience the same desired effects With ongoing use opiate tolerance levels continue to rise as cell sites start to deteriorate from overuse Signs and Symptoms Opioid Dependence Signs of opium tolerance develop gradually as the brain relinquishes control over to the effects of the drug Physical dependency when the body can no longer function normally without opiate s effects becomes a clear sign of opium addicton As opium dependence levels rise brain chemical imbalances start to take shape causing widespread disruptions in functioning Brain chemical imbalances create the ideal conditions for psychological problems to develop Bouts of depression and anxiety become common occurrences once tolerance levels reach a certain point A person will also start to experience cognitive dysfunction in the form of Confusion Inability to Concentrate Problems with Reasoning and Logic Poor Judgment Poor Decision Making Eventually rising tolerance levels will bring on intense drug cravings which mark the start of the addiction cycle Opioid Dependence Dangers With chronic long term drug use opiate levels reach a point where no amount of the drug will produce the desired effects At this point a person continues using to ward of uncomfortable withdrawal effects which increase in intensity over time Widespread deterioration of brain and body structures places users at risk of developing chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease Perhaps the greatest danger associated with rising

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  • Understanding the Opiate Detox Process
    drug all the time When you begin the process of detoxification your body will crave the drug strongly This can be curbed by slowly decreasing the amount of opiates taken in by the body Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms It is normal to experience withdrawal symptoms during detoxification Many people feel flu like symptoms such as nausea chills and vomiting but opiate withdrawal has other symptoms as well Pain in the muscles is a common withdrawal symptom as opiates are pain relievers There are also behavioral aspects to opiate withdrawal people begin to feel anxious or irritable which can be difficult for the patient and loved ones Often in opiate detox clinics these symptoms are controlled with medications Detox is not the final step Many patients believe that once they have finished with the detoxification process they are cured of their addiction This is not so As stated by the NIDA addiction is a chronic often relapsing brain disease Severe Addictions Cannot Be KICKED Through Sheer Willpower A person who wants to stop abusing drugs should attend regular therapy sessions following detox in order to truly work on his or her addiction Many detox clinics will have information on how to seek this next stage in treatment According to Harvard Medical School opiates are outranked only by alcohol as humanity s oldest most widespread and most persistent drug problem Detoxification from opiates is a slow process sometimes lasting as long as a week or more depending on the severity of the addiction It should be done under the care of medical professionals usually in a hospital or detox clinic If you understand the process itself and go into it ready to take the necessary steps to fight back against your addiction it can be the first successful part of your recovery Heroin

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  • How Addictive is Heroin?
    receptors After the use of heroin a sense of euphoria often times takes over the body At the same time there are many side effects that come to life including but not limited to dry mouth heavy feeling in the extremities warm flushing of the skin and bad judgment Once the feeling of euphoria begins to wear off the user is faced with a state of being alternately awake and drowsy NOTE In the event that heroin is taken without injecting the drug the immediate feeling of euphoria may not be as intense The more times heroin is used the better chance there is that it will change the overall functioning of the brain For example a user can become tolerant over time meaning that more of the drug is required in order to achieve the desired effect As a result the chance of an overdose is much greater Additionally becoming dependent on heroin is a real possibility With this the user gets the feeling that they have to take the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms such as Anxiety Mood Swings Runny Nose Sweating Muscle Aches Yawning Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Abdominal Cramping Dilated Pupils It is important to realize that heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world with roughly one quarter of people who take it eventually becoming dependent Some people have intentions of only experimenting with heroin one time but soon enough they find that they enjoy the impact on their body From there they build up a tolerance become dependent and find that quitting is a challenge Anybody who is addicted to heroin and unable to stop should contact a reputable addiction treatment facility 800 947 5219 with assistance during the withdrawal and recovery process Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039

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  • Recognizing the Signs of Heroin Use
    change They eat poorly and lose weight They may seem disoriented Start to lose interest in family activities Become irresponsible at their job or at school Lie about their whereabouts Problems with managing money They may be spending their money on heroin Getting in trouble If they start stealing in order to get money for heroin If they shoot heroin their body will have needle marks Their appearance seems droopy They may go through a cycle of being hyper and then nod off Their speech may become slurred Nose is always runny This can be from snorting the heroin These are some signs of heroin use that you can learn to spot Every user may act differently to the drug depending on the amount use and the frequency of heroin use There are also definitive signs you can watch out for such as paraphernalia used to prepare heroin If your loved one is in possession of any of the heroin related paraphernalia they may be using it to prepare heroin to inject it snort it or smoke it Here are some definitive signs to warn you Small plastic bags with white powder residue Needles or syringes hidden in drawers or found elsewhere Pieces of aluminum foil with burn marks Silver spoons found burnt Razor blades These are just some of the related paraphernalia used to prepare heroin Any of them may indeed be a sign that a loved one is using this drug What If a Loved is Using Heroin If your suspicions have proved to be positive and your loved one is using heroin you will need to intervene You need to talk to them about how they are putting their life in danger and how they are worrying and hurting their family They need to understand how their

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  • Types of Heroin Addiction Treatment
    patients enter into residential treatment This type of treatment involves around the clock care patient monitoring medical intervention housing and meals counseling and therapy in a controlled and safe environment where the focus can be 100 on recovery Residential treatment is often reserved for the strongest addictions those that have high relapse rates and which are plagued with moderate to severe withdrawal syndrome similar to heroin addiction Outpatient Drug Addiction Treatment Much less structured with limited monitoring and no housing provided outpatient heroin use rehab provides patients with counseling and therapy on a day to day basis as needed Most programs tailor the services offered to the unique needs of the patient and adjust the overall requirements for participation and involvement based on the patient s response and achievement of recovery goals Outpatient treatment is generally designed to help patients who have already completed a residential treatment program or who have limited risk of relapse Medication Maintenance Heroin Programs Medication maintenance treatment for heroin addiction often includes the use of one of the following medications which help to curb cravings prevent withdrawal or otherwise dilute the effects of using heroin or other opiates Methadone Suboxone Subutex Naloxone Buprenorphine The most common medication maintenance program used in the treatment of heroin use is Methadone Methadone maintenance treatment MMT has been proven to help reduce drug use stop drug seeking behavior slow criminal activity and involvement improve recovery outcomes and reduce death rates for those who abuse heroin and other drugs According to the CDC Methadone maintenance treatment is both cost effective and safe when proper care is taken by the treatment provider to ensure appropriate administration of the medication Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho

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