Opiates are part of the opioid class of drugs. While the terms opioid and opiate are now often used interchangeably, “opiates” has traditionally described drugs that are derived from opium poppies, while “opioids” are man-made or synthetic drugs. All of these substances are also known as “narcotic painkillers.” Some commonly prescribed opioids/opiates include hydrocodone, Oxycodone, … Continue reading How to Overcome Opiate Cravings
Rohypnol is the brand name of a high-impact sedative medication known as flunitrazepam. In many countries it is prescribed to induce deep sleep, but has never been approved for sale in the United States. Rohypnol is in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines and is best known as the “date rape” drug. While some … Continue reading Mixing Rohypnol with Alcohol
The decision to seek treatment will save your life, but going to treatment takes time. Many people worry if their jobs will be in danger if they attend treatment, but clearly, treatment will save you infinite amounts of money compared to remaining addicted. Still, it may be some relief to know that some laws are … Continue reading Can My Employer Fire Me If I Go to Rehab?
Methadone is a medication that is often used during opioid detox to help ease withdrawal symptoms among people who are addicted to heroin and opioid/opiate drugs. It has become popular as a way to help people manage withdrawal symptoms, but it is still a narcotic pain reliever capable of causing addiction. This synthetic opiate stands … Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Get Addicted to Methadone?
Mental health is a complicated issue. Mental illness affects different people in different ways. It’s difficult to diagnose, and it often goes undiagnosed for far too long. The way we view mental health as a society has a lot to do with the success of treatment for it, so it’s important to always keep the … Continue reading How Do Gender Stereotypes Affect Mental Health?
By Martha McLaughlin Suicide isn’t an easy topic. It’s not a subject that’s brought up at parties, at the dinner table or even between friends. This discussion is usually avoided, so you may feel like you’re the only one having thoughts of suicide. But you’re not alone. In fact, a U.S. study determined that 3.7 … Continue reading Understanding Suicidal Thoughts: A Practical Guide to Getting Help
By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP The opioid crisis in America continues to be a serious public health issue. The good news is that doctors are finally beginning to slow opioid prescriptions, especially for people with minor injuries or outpatient surgeries. Opioid use in the news has spread awareness, and many people are writing and calling … Continue reading Opioid Prescription Rates Are Slowing Down, but Overdoses Are Not
Myoclonus is involuntary twitching in a muscle or group of muscles. It is not a disease, but it can be a symptom of a nervous system disorder or other physical health issue. Some health concerns that can involve myoclonus include the following: Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease Alzheimer’s disease Epilepsy Low Blood Pressure Myoclonus that isn’t … Continue reading Opioid Drug Use and Myoclonus
Methadone is a powerful pain reliever in the opiate family. Often used as part of a treatment program for opiate addiction, it reduces the withdrawal symptoms associated with detox.1 Narcotics like methadone can slow breathing, eventually resulting in death. Using more methadone than prescribed by your doctor can be dangerous and can lead to a … Continue reading Understanding Methadone and Its Overdose Dangers
Addiction is a chronic health issue, and it’s one that can affect anyone. So, do women struggle with addiction just like anyone else? Of course they do. Addiction isn’t limited by gender, age, socioeconomic status or race. These factors influence how and why they use drugs, and how addiction develops, but they don’t leave any … Continue reading How Addiction Treatment Helps Women Find Recovery