By Becca Owens When you hear that someone has been diagnosed with a disease, you may begin to circle through thoughts of cancer, diabetes or maybe autoimmune or degenerative disorders. It is less likely that you consider the disease of addiction, although it is extremely prevalent and affects lives just as deeply as any other … Continue reading Treating Addicted Patients Poses Medical Dilemma, but Should It?
Facing a loved one’s addiction is always difficult, but when that person is part of an addicted couple, new problems emerge. It’s a lesson that Jason and Donna learned the hard way. For 10 years they shared everything. They had a home, cars, jobs and children. They also shared a meth addiction. Though it wasn’t immediately … Continue reading Treatment Works: One Couple Beats Crystal Meth Addiction
Methadone is a synthetic opiate used to help those addicted to heroin and other narcotics get clean. This type of replacement therapy has helped people by satisfying their physical need for opiates without providing the intoxicating effects of other narcotic drugs. As the recovering addict’s mental and emotional health is restored, the methadone doses are … Continue reading How to Ease Methadone Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms
With opiate addiction rates soaring and the cost of rehab/treatment seemingly out of reach, people often search for an alternative way out addiction… for themselves and their loved ones. Thousands of homeopathic approaches and herbal therapies are one Google search away, promising all manner of detox benefits for opiate addiction.
The fictions that surround heroin addiction and heroin addiction treatment are often made up and perpetuated by heroin addicts who want reasons to avoid treatment and continue using. It’s unfortunate that these heroin addiction myths exist, but when you take the time to discover the facts, you can get the help you need to break … Continue reading Heroin Fact and Fiction
Naturally occurring in nascent pods of the poppy plant, opium is a potent sedative that has given way to intoxication over the course of thousands of years. Acting on the body’s Central Nervous System (CNS), opium acts as a depressant with euphoric properties, causing users to experience a combination of painlessness, psychological numbing and euphoria … Continue reading Types of Opiate Treatment
The US government invests money in research on drug trends across the country. Keeping a record of how many individuals are addicted to drugs, and what percentage of drug rehabilitation intake assessments are attributable to a particular drug, helps the government make decisions regarding action and legislation in the fight against drug use. In terms … Continue reading Opiate Addiction Statistics
Myoclonus is involuntary twitching in a muscle or group of muscles. It is not a disease itself, but may be a symptom of a nervous system disorder, such: Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease Alzheimer’s disease Epilepsy Low Blood Pressure Hiccups and sudden jerks before falling asleep are possible signs of myoclonus. It may also be part of a … Continue reading Opioid Drug Use and Myoclonus
Opiates are a category of drugs—both legal and illegal—derived from opium poppies. Some commonly prescribed opiates include Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Morphine and Codeine. Heroin is also an opiate, but unlike painkillers, it is an illegal drug. Opiates effect how the brain interprets pain. The amount of endorphins—the body’s natural way of reducing pain and the … Continue reading How to Overcome Opiate Cravings
Heroin is an opiate drug that is synthesized from morphine. Morphine is a naturally occurring substance found in the seed of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin can be snorted, sniffed, injected or smoked. Heroin works in the brain, binding to opioid receptors to produce feelings of euphoria in the user. These opioid receptors also control … Continue reading Heroin Addiction and Weight Problems